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The prime minister was expected to return to Glasgow at the end of the week – but will now travel, by train, on Wednesday to encourage “ambitious action” to halt the climate emergency.
the visit comes after a new report from the Climate Action Tracker found that nations’ plans for how they will slash emissions by the end of this decade would result in 2.4C of heating by 2100.
Earlier, fresh analysis suggested up to one billion people could be facing deadly levels of heat stress if global warming reaches 2C above pre-industrial levels.
Currently, 68 million people around the world are affected by heat stress. But a group of academics and Met Office scientists estimate that under a 2C scenario the number of people living under conditions of heat stress could increase 15-fold.
Climate performance index leaves top three places blank as ‘no country doing enough’
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), developed by Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN), has announced its ranking for 60 countries that account for over 90 per cent of the world’s emissions based on their climate change mitigation efforts.
However, the top three spots for the 2022 rankings have been left empty in the index stating that no country has adopted the required measures to be ranked higher.
“Places one to three again remain vacant because no country’s measures thus far have been sufficient to achieve an overall ‘very high’ rating – none are following a path necessary to keep global warming within the 1.5°C limit,” the report published on the new New Climate Institute’s website said.
The fourth spot was given to Denmark, followed by Sweden, and Norway as fifth and sixth best-performing countries. The report estimates Scandinavian countries, together with the United Kingdom and Morocco, lead the race to zero.
It ranks Australia, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan among the worst performers.
The performance of the 90 countries on the index, accounting for 92 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, was assessed in four categories — GHG emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.
Study estimates Covid-19 pandemic added 8.4 million tonnes of plastic waste
The world has generated a mind-boggling amount of plastic waste during the pandemic, exacerbated by single-use PPEs, masks and other Covid-related medical products, according to a recent study.
The study estimated that 8.4 million tonnes of Covid-related plastic waste were generated from 193 countries as of August. Of this, 25,000 tonnes are released into oceans, making up about 1.5 per cent of the total global riverine plastic discharge. The study was conducted by researchers from Nanjing University in China and the University of California in the US and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.
The paper also estimated that Asia disproportionately contributed to the problem. It generated around 72 per cent of plastic waste, even though Asia only accounted for 31.22 per cent of Covid cases. This called for a “better management of medical waste in developing countries”, the researchers said.
“This reflects the lower treatment level of medical waste in many developing countries, such as India, Brazil and China, compared with developed countries with large numbers of cases in North America and Europe, for example, the United States and Spain,” the researchers said.
“The mismanaged plastic waste generated from individual PPE (including face masks, gloves and face shields) is even more skewed towards Asia because of the large mask-wearing population,” they added.
8.4 million tonnes of Covid-related plastic waste generated from 193 countries as of August
AOC tells COP26 ‘the US is back’ but must act to regain its authority on climate issues
During talks at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Democrat told the long-awaited “conference of the parties” that “America is back”.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the country was back not only “at COP” but also “on the international stage as a leader on climate action”, citing a number of measures being pursued by Democrats and the Biden administration since the start of 2021.
Read the full report from Gino Spocchia here:
Democrat says country has not yet recovered from Donald Trump as social spending bill awaits approval in Congress
Green council leader sorry for flight to Cop26 from Brighton
A Green council leader has described his flight from Gatwick to Glasgow to protest against climate change at Cop26 as a “major failure of judgement”.
Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Green group, has apologised for taking the one hour and 20 minute flight after flying on the same day he slammed the UK government for a lack of action over climate change.
After completing the 460-mile journey, Cllr Mac Cafferty made a speech on cutting carbon emissions and appeared at a protest march, led by Greta Thunberg, calling for world leaders to stop temperatures rising.
Samuel Webb has the full story here:
After completing the 460-mile journey, Cllr Mac Cafferty made a speech on cutting carbon emissions
Government to unveil EV charging point design for UK at Cop26
The new design for a network of electric vehicle charging points will become as recognisable as the red post box or London’s black cabs, the government hopes.
The plans are set to coincide with a series of announcements on low carbon transport due to be made on “transport day” at the Glasgow summit.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “From our roads to the skies, the transition to zero emission transport has reached a tipping point.”
He added: “To support the transition to EVs, it’s integral that we have the infrastructure to support it.
“My vision is for the UK to have one of the best EV infrastructure networks in the world, with excellent British design at its heart.”
Ask Me Anything: Caroline Lucas to answer your questions on the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow
On Thursday 11 November at 4pm GMT, Caroline Lucas MP will join our climate correspondent, Daisy Dunne, to answer your questions on the Cop26 climate summit and what must happen to get the world on track to meeting its climate goals.
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As the Glasgow meeting heads towards its conclusion on Thursday, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and climate correspondent Daisy Dunne will answer your questions
Extinction Rebellion block Glasgow Street in Rubber Dinghy
Extinction Rebellion climate activists have blocked St Vincent Street street by sitting in an inflatable rubber dinghy while covered in fake blood.
An XR band also struck up outside a branch of the bank Santander, where graffiti has been sprayed on the wall.
Police officers stand in front of a branch of Santander on St Vincent Street, Glasgow, where graffiti has been sprayed on the wall, as Extinction Rebellion protest outside.
Police Scotland closed the street and at 5.45pm tweeted: “Two protesters are locked on to a device as part of a protest at St Vincent Street, Glasgow.
“We are removing them for their own safety and the safety of the wider public.”
Police arrested three people as the protest ended just after 6pm.
AOC arrives in Glasgow for Cop26 focus on women’s equality
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has arrived at Cop26 as part of a Congressional delegation to join the event on gender equality at Cop26 on Tuesday.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez shared details of her journey to Scotland on her Instagram, saying it was her first ever trip with a “codel” – congressional delegation.
She flew in from the US in a military aircraft, posting: “Despite the craziness and media frenzy, I was still a waitress just three years ago.
“So I still have moments in my life where it hits me that I’m actually in Congress. This was one of those moments.”
Posting a photo of the coronavirus test she took upon arrival in the UK, she said: “Shout out to the NHS, I wish we had you at home. We need #medicareforall.”
Extinction Rebellion performs Scottish ceilidh dance outside Cop26 venue
Icelandic glacier melting more rapidly than it can reocover
The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland is now melting faster over summer than it can recover during the winter months, experts have said.
A six week long time-lapse video, captured by Dr Kieran Baxter, a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, revealed just how quickly the glacier is now retreating.
He said: “Footage like this should act as a wake-up call that we cannot ignore the signs any longer.
“Climate change is already having dire consequences around the world and we have to take responsibility for that.”
Dr Baxter added: “The paths we choose now, including the decisions made at Cop26, will have a huge influence on the climate impacts that we will have to deal with in the future.
“The volume of ice melt that we are seeing in Iceland is just one of the indicators that show us the scale of those impacts.”