This week’s notable headlines

Rams beat Bengals to win Super Bowl LVI

The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 at their home stadium– SoFi, in Inglewood California on Sunday. The game had fans on the edge of their seats as the Rams held control for much of the first half, with the Bengals coming back in the second half after Beckham, a key player for the Rams, injured his knee, according to the Ram’s official Twitter account. The game ended after the Rams took the lead in the last two minutes and the Bengals were unable to score on a conversion. 

The Ukraine-Russia Border Crisis

The United States closed their embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine on Feb. 14 and is temporarily relocating west as tensions ramp up on the border between Russia and Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that this move does not mean the U.S. is ending their support of Ukraine, or their diplomatic efforts with Russia. This move occurred after the State Department and U.S. officials repeatedly asked American citizens to acknowledge the threat of Russian invasion and exit Ukraine immediately. President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladmir Putin over the weekend, and previously said that an invasion into Ukraine will cause America and its Allies to “impose swift and severe costs on Russia.”

The Western Drought

The drought happening in the west since 2000, has left that region drier than it has been for the past 12 centuries according to a study Monday in the journal “Nature Climate Change.” According to the study, 42% of this “megadrought” can be attributed to climate change caused by humans. Study leader Park Williams said megadroughts typically peter out after 20 years, however, the American west consisting of California, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, most of Oregon and Idaho, much of New Mexico, western Colorado, northern Mexico, and the southwest corners of Montana and Texas, are only getting drier. This has contributed to much of the destructive and widespread wildfires in the area.