Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and conservative activist David Koch has died at the age of 79. His brother released a statement today to confirm the news. Koch used more than $1 billion of his estimated $50-billion fortune to contribute to philanthropic causes including a $15-million donation to the Smithsonian and spending $100 million to create a cancer research centre.
With the Amazon rainforest on fire, French president Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to call it an international crisis and urge G7 leaders to help. Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, claimed that Macron was using the fires for “personal political gain” and had a sensationalist tone about the issue.
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
- O Governo brasileiro segue aberto ao diálogo, com base em dados objetivos e no respeito mútuo. A sugestão do presidente francês, de que assuntos amazônicos sejam discutidos no G7 sem a participação dos países da região, evoca mentalidade colonialista descabida no século XXI.— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) August 22, 2019
Sadly, it’s not named Safeco Field anymore, but that won’t stop Toronto Blue Jays fans from taking it over this weekend. The annual series between the Jays and Seattle Mariners at the newly named T-Mobile Park begins tonight. Thousands of Jays fans will be in attendance for the three game series.
A massive thunderstorm in Poland’s Tatra Mountains left five people dead, including two children, and more than 100 injured. According to witnesses, the thunderstorm came out of nowhere on a day that began with clear weather. The storm rattles on camera that captured the lightning strike and it’s almost hard to believe how loud the thunder is.
There’s no shortage of excitement for a Breaking Bad movie and it could be arriving sooner than many people think. Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul on Better Call Saul, says the film has already been shot and that he “can’t wait to see it.”
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