"Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis," tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron.
It’s been a busy news week, as always, and if you were busy too then perhaps now you have time to take a look at some of the news stories that occupied our attention in the past five days.
But India is on the doorstep of becoming the fourth nation in the world to make a soft landing on the moon. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar rocket sent its first photograph as it approached the moon, which is thought to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago, and it was our top story of the week.
Google paid US$40 million for the smartwatch technology of the fashion and accessory group Fossil and the aim is clear: to take on Apple and Samsung in the smartwatch market, which is positively booming.
Now politicians in the western world are on the nose with a lot of people. US President Donald Trump went to the Group of Seven summit in France and held court with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. What he said was stretching the truth to put it mildly. Macron, himself, did not cover himself in glory with what he said about the fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest. The picture he posted alongside the words was 30 years old.
Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019
Multimillionaire, convicted paedophile and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is dead, as you probably know, but a New York judge made the extraordinary decision to let 16 women who claimed they were abused by him to speak in court. What one woman said outside the court about Prince Andrew sparked our interest and got yours too.
Sir Richardson Branson was asked if he thought it easier to start a business rather than when he began his Virgin empire in the 1970s. His interest drew your interest.
Stories like this don’t happen every day. A skull found almost intact in Ethiopia contradicts the accepted theory of human evolution.