In the United Kingdom COP 26 has entered its final week. Leaders from all around the world have met in Glasgow in Scotland for the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. A pledge to stop deforestation by 2030 has been signed by over 100 countries, including Brazil and Indonesia - the countries that cut down the most trees. Over 90 countries have signed a commitment to reduce methane output by 30% by 2030. Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said that reducing methane was one of the easiest ways to reduce global warming...
“Roughly 30% of global warming since the industrial revolution is due to methane emissions. And today global methane emissions grow faster than at any time in the past. So cutting back on methane emissions is one of the most effective things we can do to reduce near-term global warming and keep 1.5’ Celsius. It is the lowest hanging fruit.”
The burning of coal is the biggest contributor to climate change. No major agreement of coal has been reached yet. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that half of India’s electricity will be made from renewable energy by 2030, and it will achieve net-zero emissions by 2070. Swedish activist Greta Thunburg spoke at a protest in Glasgow, and called COP26 a failure...
“It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that go into it in the first place.”
In Germany a Syrian man stabbed three people on a train on Saturday. The police said that the man did not have an islamist background, and appeared to suffer from mental delusions.
In Italy 70 members of a mafia group have been convicted. The biggest mafia trial since the 1980s left 70 people connected to the ‘Ndrangheta group with prison sentences.
In sierra Leone at least 98 people have been killed when a petrol tanker exploded. The petrol lorry crashed into a bus in the capital Freetown. However, after the crash many people tried to fill containers with petrol that was leaking from the lorry, but were then killed by the explosion when the petrol was ignited. In the past twenty years similar disasters have happened across Africa, and in Pakistan.
In Ethiopia, Tigrayan rebels have continued to take control of town outside the Tigray region, and they have said that they could take the Ethiopian capital - Addis Ababa. Last week the government of president Abiy Ahmed imposed a State of Emergency throughout Ethiopia, that gives the police the right to arrest anyone accused of helping Tigrayan rebels. The government has encouraged Ethiopians to fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front - the Tigrayan nationalist party that dominated Ethiopian politics for decades until Abiy became Prime Minister in 2018.
In the United States eight people have died at a festival in Texas. Around 300 people were injured during a crush and stampede at the Astroworld festival in Houston - the biggest city in Texas. The rapper Travis Scott was on stage at the time. He is also the organizer of the festival. Houston fire chief Samuel Peña said that people panicking made the situation worse...
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage. That caused some panic and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious and it began additional panic.”
Nicaragua held an election yesterday. President Daniel Ortega, who has been president for 24 years, is expected to be declared the winner today. The elections have been called a ‘sham’ by the United States and The European Union. Opposition parties told people not to vote, as many of the most popular candidates for president were arrested earlier this year, and others were not allowed to participate. Ortega’s wife Rosario Murillo has been vice-president since 2017, and recently was also named “co-President”.
In India at least 11 people have been killed in a fire in a hospital. The fire was in a COVDI19 ward in the city of Ahmednagar in Maharastra. New COVID19 infections in India are now at their lowest levels in 2021. 53% of Indians have now received a vaccine. In the world over half of all people have now received a COVID19 vaccine. The world has recorded 250 million cases of COVID19 and 5 million deaths have been reported, although experts say that the death toll is probably more than ten million.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has survived an assassination attempt. al-Kadhimi said that his home was targeted by a drone with explosives yesterday, however no one was hurt.
And in the United States Elon Musk, the richest person in the world, held a poll on Twitter yesterday about whether he should sell 10% of his stocks of the company Tesla. When the poll closed yesterday, 3.5 million people had voted, and 58% said that he should sell the stocks. It is believed that this could be worth $21 billion dollars.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can read the transcripts of every episode at send7.org. They are completely free. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.