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5 things you need to know this morning: May 20, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Thousands evacuated after dams burst in Michigan, US

About 10,000 residents have been evacuated in Michigan after two dams collapsed following days of heavy rain. “If you have not evacuated the area, do so now and get somewhere safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen.”

2. Body found on beach identified as former WWE star Shad Gaspard

Shad Gaspard, age 39, has been confirmed dead after Los Angeles officials found a body that washed ashore in Venice Beach. The former WWE star was last seen Sunday after he was swept out to sea while swimming with his son.

3. Brazil records deadliest day and becomes country with third-highest COVID-19 cases

Brazil now has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases after overtaking the United Kingdom. The country has registered a total of more than 250,000 cases. On Tuesday, the local government also reported its highest number of deaths, 1,179 since the pandemic began.

4. China hits Australia with barley trade tariffs amid push for COVID-19 probe

China has imposed tariffs of 80.5% on Australia’s barley imports over claims the country subsidised its farmers and sold barley into China below the cost of production. The move comes as Australia and the European Union lead calls for a World Health Organization probe into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Global carbon emissions have dropped significantly since lockdown

Mother Nature is thriving during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study found that daily emissions declined around 17% between January and early April when compared to 2019 levels. It also suggests that emissions will decline anywhere between 4.4% to 8% by the year's end.

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