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The Spill: Labor Day, WWII Anniversary and Climate Change

All the hot news this week.

Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

McGuire Or Maguire? Whoever Gave Us Labor Day, Thank You!

For many Americans, Labor Day is a much-appreciated three-day weekend, and not much more thought is put into the time away from work. For others, it’s the last shindig before school starts and a sign of the end of summer. Many plans involve hot dogs, barbecues, water balloon fights, and attending parades. While others continue “laboring” on this day that celebrates and honors workers.

It’s unclear, however, who we have to thank for this Monday holiday – a McGuire or a Maguire (apparently no relation). Peter J. McGuire was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, as well as a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Some records appoint him as the first person to suggest a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Matthew Maguire, the challenger, was a machinist, and later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, NJ. Those who give Labor Day credit to Maguire say he proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

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World Leaders Meet on 80th Anniversary of WWII

This week saw the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. World leaders met in Wielun, Poland, to commemorate the event.

At an event in Warsaw, the German President apologized to Poland for the German Nazi invasion that began the war, saying:

“As a German guest I walk before you here barefoot. I look back in gratitude to the Polish people’s fight for freedom. I bow sorrowfully before the suffering of the victim. I ask for forgiveness for Germany’s historical guilt. I profess to our lasting responsibility.”

Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony, where he celebrated the courage of Polish people during the war. “None fought with more valour, determination, and righteous fury than the Poles,” he said. “America and Poland will continue to call on our allies to live up to the promises we have made to one another.”

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The Truth About Climate Change

You may have heard that humans are destroying the planet by using energy sources that release a gas called carbon dioxide (CO2). Many scientists agree that CO2 traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, which leads to global warming. And worse: It is happening very fast. If we double the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the temperature will increase from 2.7 to 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

But there is a problem with this claim. While many suggest the “science is settled” on climate change, the field is surrounded by uncertainty. Imagine that you are about to fly from Chicago to Orlando, to visit Disney World in Florida. You’re super excited, but when you get on the airplane, the captain announces: “Most pilots agree that the trip will take 2.7 to 8.1 hours. Hope we will survive. Have a nice flight.”

Would you feel safe in an airplane where the flight time is so uncertain? When the pilot is hoping that you get to your destination alive? In that case, would you agree that aviation is “settled science”? Most people would be scared and uncomfortable if the pilot didn’t have a better understanding of flying than this.

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