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Leaked US study reveals climate change is rapidly changing America, Google fires engineer behind anti-diversity document, poll shows large majority of Americans don't trust White House, and more.
August 8, 2017, 2:33pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Government Study Reveals Climate Change Has Rocked the US
A National Climate Assessment study produced by scientists at 13 different government agencies found the US has seen a dramatic spike in average temperatures since 1980. Although the National Academy of Sciences approved the drafted report obtained by the New York Times—which finds humans "primarily responsible" for climate change—some scientists fear the Trump administration will not release it.—VICE News

Poll Shows Most Americans Don't Trust White House
A new CNN poll showed 30 percent of Americans do not trust any information coming from the White House, and 60 percent do not consider the president honest. Although his job approval rating is at 38 percent, support from Trump's base remains solid: 34 percent of Americans said they were "proud" to have him as president.—CNN

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Leading Cartel Figure Surrenders to US Authorities
A leading figure in the Sinaloa drug cartel has surrendered to the US in Calexico, California, according to unsealed court documents. Damaso Lopez Serrano has been charged with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin, and meth, but has pleaded not guilty. His father, Damaso Lopez Nunez, a former lackey of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is under arrest in Mexico.—AP

Google Fires Engineer Behind Anti-Diversity Document
Google has dismissed the software engineer James Damore over a document he wrote attacking the company's gender diversity policies. Damore had argued biology helped explain why men were given top roles.—Bloomberg/Motherboard

International News

China Fears It Will Suffer from New North Korea Sanctions
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said his country will lose out most under the latest economic sanctions imposed on North Korea by the UN Security Council. Wang said that "it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution," but also pledged China would "properly implement" the sanctions, which forbids any new economic partnerships between the countries and bans many of North Korea's exports.—Reuters

Venezuelan State Websites Hacked
A series of official Venezuelan websites have been hacked by a group opposing President Nicolás Maduro. The government's main website, along with the Navy and National Electoral Council sites, were all hit in the cyberattack. A message from the "Binary Guardians" group stated: "This dictatorship has its days numbered."—BBC News

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Controversial Pakistani Charity Starts New Political Party
The charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a Pakistani organization the UN has deemed a front for a terrorist group, has started its own political party. JuD's leader, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, is living under house arrest in Pakistan and has been named a terrorist by the US and the UN. The leader of the charity's new political faction Milli Muslim League said the party would work for Saeed's release.—Al Jazeera

Calls for Peace As Kenya Votes
As Kenyans head to the polls Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his wish for voters to take part in the presidential election "in peace." Around 180,000 police and security officers will be on the streets to prevent violence in the contest between Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Barack Obama urged both leaders to respect the result and "to reject violence and incitement." The country famously saw widespread violence after a disputed 2007 vote. —The Guardian

Everything Else

Rapper Yung Mazi Shot and Killed
Rapper Yung Mazi has died at the age of 31 after being shot Sunday in Atlanta. Travis Scott tweeted: "Rest easy to my bruddda," while Young Thug wrote: "RIP MAZI."—Billboard

Hacker Claims to Leak 'Game of Thrones' Scripts, HBO Emails
A hacker has released what appear to be five Game of Thrones scripts and a top HBO executive's emails online. It would mark the second release of files stolen from the network by the self-titled hacker "Mr. Smith," who may have more HBO data.—AP

The Weeknd and Lorde to Play VMAs
The Weeknd, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, and Miley Cyrus will all play at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month. Other artists set to perform at this year's show—hosted by Katy Perry—will be revealed in the weeks ahead.—Rolling Stone

Depressed People Post Darker Photos on Instagram, Study Says
A new study of Instagram photos suggests people with depression tend to post generally darker shots. Photos that are darker, blue-hued, and less saturated could be linked to mental health struggles, according to research in EPJ Data Science.—Motherboard

Grimes Says She's Almost Finished New Album
Grimes has revealed she is close to finishing the follow up to her acclaimed album Art Angels. The artist wrote: "i need another month or 2 of pure unadulterated creativity at which point i will begin finishing tracks. Won't let u down."—i-D