World experienced hottest June on record in 2019, says US agency

The world experienced its hottest June on record last month, with an average temperature worldwide of 61.6F (16.4C), according to new data. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the average global temperature was 1.7F warmer than the 20th Century average. The heat was most notable in parts of Europe, Russia, Canada and South America, it said. The NOAA report was released as the US prepares for a “dangerous heatwave”. The National Weather Service has warned that tens of millions of people will be affected by excessive heat…

Global Growth to Revive Later This Year as World’s Central Banks Agree to Ease Interest Rates

Washington: The global economy is likely to pull out of a brief growth slump later this year with a little help from the world’s central banks and from US and Chinese trade negotiators. Global finance leaders gathered from the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank agree that the global economy has lost momentum this year. But they expect growth to pick up in the second half of 2019, as central bankers ease up on interest rates.       Still, a trade standoff between the United…

China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women

The average age of women in the database was 32, with the youngest being 15. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according to a researcher. Victor Gevers, a Dutch internet expert from the non-profit group GDI.Foundation, found the insecure data cache while searching for open databases in China. He posted a series of screenshots of it over the weekend. The database, whose server is in China, included fields labeled in…