IMAGO Weekend Roundup. Dominated by environmental catastrophes the world over, this weekend we take a look at floods, fires, protest and sport.

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Curated by our Picture Desk, we catch you up on the news and stories from across the globe. From uncovering stunning creative images, diving deep into the major news stories to the moments to remember from the sporting world.

From wildfires in California and Spain, to flooding in Germany and fires from the Amazon rainforest, this weekend saw a number of fatal environmental catastrophes that saw people lose their homes, possessions and lives. Wildfires raged in California with this year’s heatwave shattering records as record high temperatures were recorded in Palm Springs, Death Valley and Las Vegas. With the blazes spreading and excessive heat warnings remaining in place from the week prior, firefighters continue to work tirelessly in extreme heat to contain a number of fires that have broken out and ripped through the US West. 

In Germany, floods devastated many parts of the country as it has been recorded that 150 people lost their lives in the landslide, with many more missing. As the country mourns in the wake of the disaster, the cleanup operation continues as streets become lined with people’s ruined household possessions. Chancellor Angela Merkle pledged to tackle climate change and rebuild communities when she visited the worst affected areas this weekend. Stating that this was a “wake-up call”, Söder said that he would bring forward new legislation to tackle the problem in light of the recent events as many people in Bavaria have been hit by high water levels and dozens continue to be evacuated from their homes. 

With the Amazon rainforest reportedly emitting more CO2 than it takes in, people around the world are experiencing the bad effects of global warming, climate change and it has become a topic that governments need to address today, not tomorrow. As more people need a “global green deal” that will tackle the climate crisis and restore natural balance, a group of politicians from the UK, Europe and developing countries have spoken out. The Global Alliance for a Green New Deal is now inviting politicians from all over the world to work together on policies that would deliver a climate change and are to be presented ahead of Cop26 UN climate talks in Glasgow this November.

Protests continued on the island of Cuba over the weekend. The significance of these protests have echoed throughout the world in gatherings and demonstrations that have not been seen on the island since the revolution. Protesting against their government and its handling of both the pandemic and the economic life in general in Cuba, many communities have taken to their streets much farther afield, from Rome to Washington, in support and solidarity with the Cuban people. Fighting for more food, better medical care, living conditions and against the US embargo to name a few. 

Bangkok too saw violent protesting this weekend in light of the Thai government’s handling of the pandemic. Police in Bangkok fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas at pro-democracy protesters demanding Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha step down. Anti-government rallies have been widespread some time in the country but in recent weeks they have multiplied and grown into aggression towards the handling of the COVID pandemic and vaccine inefficiencies as cases surge across Thailand. 

In sport, many athletes, trainers and country teams will be starting their journey to Tokyo as this year’s Games begin this Friday. With there to be no audience, no mixing and strict coronavirus restrictions in place, the 2021 Games is set to be a very different one. 

In the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was beaten by Wout Van Aert on Champs-Élysées. In what could have landed Cavendish the outstanding achievement of breaking Eddy Marckx’s record of 34 stage wins in the Tour de France, the British cyclist had no such luck on the day as critics say he was “boxed in”. 

After winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton has reportedly received racist abuse online after a dramatic first lap crash with rival Max Verstappen. Taken to hospital after his Red Bull car was tagged by the Mercedes, Hamilton went on to win despite a ten second penalty. As Mercedes released a statement to say that those leaving racial slurs should be held accountable, the abuse online also targeted the British winner’s apparent lack of empathy as he celebrated his win with Verstappen remaining in hospital.

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