French beaches deserted amid ban, despite the good weather | AFP

With temperatures soaring to 34 degrees Celsius in some parts of southwestern France, the beaches would usually be packed. But amid a lockdown ban, the coast lies deserted. IMAGES

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Motiv – Viaduct

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Jonny Porter aka Motiv, has quickly established himself as one of the scene’s brightest talents. Having first showcased his sound with sets on Bloc2Bloc Radio in his hometown of Manchester; he has cemented his status over the past few months with releases on Delta9, Liondub, Celsius and Co-Lab among others. He now shows off the versatility of his production on ‘SNB068: Viaduct / Zero’, coupling a soulful liquid A-side with a heavyweight roller on the flip.

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Dan Guidance & Echo Motion – Autumn Leaves

Celsius present the ‘Autumn Leaves EP’, featuring Matt View, Marvel Cinema, Dan Guidance & Echo Motion.

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Decline – Crossover

Newcomer Decline debuts on Celsius on ‘Stop & Think’ VA EP.

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2019, the second hottest year on record I AFP

The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union’s climate monitor says in its round up of the hottest decade in history.

Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures were just 0.04 degrees Celsius lower than 2016, when temperatures were boosted 0.12 degrees Celsius by a once-in-a-century El Nino natural weather event.

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Australia is on fire — how bad is it? | AFP

The catastrophic Australian bushfires that started in September 2019, have killed at least 26 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched some eight million hectares (80,000 square kilometres) — an area the size of Ireland. University of Sydney scientists estimate one billion mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed in the fires.The severe conditions have been fuelled by a prolonged drought and worsened by climate change, with experts warning that such massive blazes were becoming more frequent and intense. Australia experienced its driest and hottest year on record in 2019, with its highest average maximum temperature of 41.9 degrees Celsius recorded in mid-December.

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Russian ice divers put up New Year’s tree in frozen Lake Baikal | AFP

Nothing seems impossible for a trio of Russian ice swimming enthusiasts who put up an artificial fir tree on the bottom of the world’s deepest lake to celebrate the country’s holiday. The tree was installed near the shore, at the depth of some 3 meters, after the swimmers cut a hole in the thick ice. They said the water temperature of just above 0 degrees Celsius and an icy wind did not deter them.

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Australia has its hottest day on record | AFP

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season. The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday beat the previous record of 40.3 degrees Celsius in January 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday.

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Petroll – Breathe feat. Lottie Woodward

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SNB060 comes from Petroll, a young producer from The Netherlands who has made a name through features on Differential, Celsius and Soul Lab among others. After grabbing our attention with his ‘Samurai EP’ earlier this year, we’re excited to welcome the Groningen native to Skankandbass Records. ‘Breathe / Affection’ are two both absolutely sublime liquid vocals, with the A-side featuring the soothing vocals of Lottie Woodward.

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Bert H – Alone In The Field

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Bert H is a name that need no introduction to connoisseurs of liquid drum & bass. Since his first release on Celsius in early 2014, the Moscow native has slowly made a name for himself by featuring on some of the finest labels in the scene; including Liquicity, Fokuz, Galacy and Pilot. We now welcome his piano riff enthused, soulful sound to Skankandbass Records in the form of ‘Alone In The Field / Foreign’, featuring the mesmerising vocals of Becca Jane Grey on the B-side.

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Adapting city life to climate change | AFP Animé

Videographic showing how cities can respond to heat waves. Northern hemisphere summers will deliver dangerously longer heatwaves, droughts and bouts of rain even if humanity manages to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Dreadful heat and humidity invade the US South

Temperatures in the South have climbed over 100 degrees (38 Celsius) this week and, combined with humidity, resulted in heat indexes up to 121 degrees. (Aug. 13)

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Heatwave hits Italian capital | AFP

A new heatwave is hitting Italy with temperatures as high as 37 degrees in Rome. Forecasters predicted new temperatures highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time on Thursday.

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Europe heatwave | AFP Animé

Europeans braced Thursday for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, with schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of control.Updated videographic showing the regions whith temperatures above 30°C.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Toulouse faces scorching heatwave | AFP

Residents in the southwestern French city of Toulouse seek to beat the heat as searing temperatures that have reached above 40 degrees Celsius across Europe are expected to peak.

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Europe heatwave | AFP Animé

Europeans braced Thursday for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, with schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of control.Updated videographic showing the regions whith temperatures above 30°C.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Tourists and Parisians seek relief from sizzling heat | AFP

Paris prepares Monday for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa.

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Heatwave kicks off in Paris | AFP

Paris prepares Monday for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa. IMAGES

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Sweating | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining sweating — the body’s natural way of regulating temperature. The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday in Egypt. Players will also have to contend with average temperatures of between 35 and 38 Celsius (95-100.4 Fahrenheit) following the decision to switch the tournament from its traditional January/February time slot to June/July to avoid European club-versus-country clashes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Heatwave in India as temperatures top 50 Celsius | AFP

Northern India grapples with heatwave conditions as temperatures rise above 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit, triggering warnings of water shortages and heatstroke.

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Why Canada Goose Jackets Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Canada Goose jackets are made to withstand the coldest places on earth, and the company has a brand history to back it up. CEO Dani Reiss used that history when he turned the company into what it is today.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: This jacket has been banned from a UK high school. Why? An effort to poverty-proof the school environment. Shielding low-income students from feeling bad about not having a pricey coat. Canada Goose jackets cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500, and they’re not just popular in English high schools. They’re everywhere. How did these coats get so popular? And why are they so expensive?

Pamela Danziger: Canada Goose started out as a working-class brand, and it was really focused on the working-class laborers up in Canada.

Narrator: Canada Goose was founded in 1957 by Sam Tick in a warehouse in Toronto, and it was originally called Metro Sportswear. By the ’80s, people were sporting the company’s jackets in the coldest places on Earth. Its expedition parka became standard-issue at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, where the scientists nicknamed it “Big Red.” And in 1982, one of the company’s jackets made it to the top of Mt. Everest on the back of Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit the mountain.

Susan Fournier: So we’re always trying to find the authentic in a saturated world that’s kinda contaminated by materialism. You get those credentials through the craftsmanship. You also get it through a history of the brand, where it’s born of experiences that were actually real that then became products.

Narrator: So what do Canada Goose jackets have that others don’t? The company uses high-quality Canadian Hutterite down, recognized as one of the highest quality in the world. The company claims its animal fur trim disrupts air flow and protects exposed skin against frostbite. In fact, Canada Goose says its jackets can withstand temperatures as low as -30° Celsius. And that sort of quality doesn’t come cheap. Western coyote fur, similar to what Canada Goose uses, is estimated to cost $104.

Danziger: People need that kind of performance, that kind of functional quality in their day-to-day lives, and it’s unusual to see such a brand transform into a luxury brand, but Canada Goose has been very successful at making that transition.

Narrator: By the turn of the millennia, the company got a new CEO who would revolutionize the name “Canada Goose” into the luxury brand we know today. In 2001, Sam Tick’s grandson, Dani Reiss, was named as the company’s president and CEO. He started expanding the brand in Stockholm. His commitment to quality limited supply, but that only increased demand. The brand spread throughout Europe, mainly on word of mouth. Then Reiss targeted America. His parkas became the unofficial uniform for cold-weather film crews, and in 2004, the coats made it in front of the camera. Reiss continued to market through the silver screen, sponsoring film festivals in cold places like the Berlin Film Festival and Sundance. And its US exposure hit a new high in 2013 when Kate Upton donned a Canada Goose parka on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Fournier: Cultural marketing is that the products are part of the culture, and the advertising is actually the products just living lives with the people who use it. 

Danziger: Through that association, they really raised their stature, and again that’s an interesting, authentic way that Canada Goose made its entrance into the luxury market.

Narrator: There has been some backlash though. PETA has protested against the company’s production methods and pushed the company to use a cruelty-free alternative. Despite the protests, the company is on the upswing. At the end of 2013, Reiss sold a majority stake in the company to Bain Capital, which allowed the company to expand manufacturing in Toronto and Winnipeg and eventually open a store in New York City. Its expansion continued for four years, and in 2017, the company went public. On its first day of trading, the company’s stock jumped 25%, and it’s continued to rise through most of 2018. The company’s revenue has increased from CAN$291 million in 2015 to CAN$591 million in 2018, a 77% increase.

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