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Welcome to the monitor daily podcast, it's Wednesday, march 15th. Thanks for joining us. I'm Amelia Newcomb. And I'm Kendra nordeen viano. Last month, I shared the results of a pew survey of parents views about raising children. Topping their concerns were mental health, bullying, and safety. Longer range, most expressed hope that children would simply live stable, satisfying lives. And many said parenting was harder than they expected. So I asked readers, is parenting harder today? Karen heath, a mother of three who has worked with young people for decades, says yes. Just look at cell phones, she says, amazing tools, but also a relentless lure into a world that often spurs negative comparisons with peers, and a misguided sense of what others lives are really like. When I'm able to limit the time, the young people in my care have their cell phones in their hands, she says, their behavior improves exponentially. Some raise the issue of children's agency. Eric and Marion kleber wrote that they hope parents can get better at stepping back. Without losing sight, of course, of when to intervene. Children empowered by their ability to make decisions about their lives at appropriate ages, will usually turn out fine, they say. Another lauded the greater duty sharing between moms and dads. It's a definite improvement in family life, rights Carol Lambert. There was clear common ground on the need for love and commitment from older folks toward the younger ones in their lives. I've learned that nothing is more vital than for young people to have an adult in their lives who loves them and will engage with them, says miss heath. That can include the village that raises a child. As reader Helen young wrote, I will pay more attention to these concerns that touch parents and families lives so deeply. Now, today's stories. Our first story will China use its military resources to give Russia an edge on the battlefield, although the Ukraine war has propelled cooperation between Beijing and Moscow, China's calculations in Eastern Europe have more to do with the United States. Beijing possesses enough Russian style military hardware and munitions to help tilt the Russian Ukraine war in Moscow's favor and undermine efforts to restore Ukraine's sovereign territory. So far, no evidence has emerged, showing Beijing has sent weapons to Moscow and experts say the decision to do so would depend largely on China's long-term concerns about the possibility of conflict in Asia. Particularly with the United States and Taiwan. If U.S. China relations worsen further, Beijing's incentives to draw closer to Russia and possibly provide weapons and other military assistance, albeit as covertly as possible, will also mount. Beijing might want to provide lethal aid to Russia even at the price of a major punitive response from the west says China power project fellow Brian Hart, Russia is China's most powerful partner on the world stage, and Beijing does not want Russia to be strategically weakened by the war. Yet even then, rather than make a rash decision to send Russia military equipment, China is more likely to expand military cooperation over time. Says Michael rosca at the S Raja at Nam school of international studies in Singapore. We will see this gradual augmentation rather than massive trains of arms going from China to Russia. The story was reported by Anne Scott Tyson for the monitor. How can the world be massively shifting toward renewables and boosting its overall carbon emissions at the same time? We parse the progress in a global transition that's far from finished. The world's emissions of heat trapping carbon dioxide rose to record levels last year, according to a new report from the international energy agency. But renewable energy sources continued their exponential growth and some analysts believe that the world's fossil fuel use has peaked. If that seems like contradictory news for the world's climate, that's because it is. Says king's mill bond and energy strategist with RMI and energy and climate research organization. Welcome to the half full and half empty world of climate action in the 2020s. This decade is shaping up as a transition point toward increasing reliance on clean energy. Even as fossil fuel use hasn't yet started to decline. It is a moment when nations are touting their moves toward zero carbon economies, even as many are also approving new fossil fuel exploration. But this report says Rachel cletus of the union of concerned scientists shows that technological change is not enough to fix the climate crisis. It's also about mindsets influence societal priorities. It pulls you up short to realize, wow, we can have the technologies, they're fully deployable. So what's standing in the way? But this has never been just a problem about technology. It has always been about power and politics and money. This story was reported by Stephanie Haynes for the

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