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Biden attacks China and Russia for failing to attend COP26

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US President Joe Biden has criticised the leaders of China and Russia for not turning up to the COP26 climate summit

The President in a speech on Tuesday night stated that climate change was “a gigantic issue” and China “walked away” – adding it was the “same thing with Russia and the country’s President Putin”.

Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese leader Xi Jinping are attending the summit in Glasgow, where leaders of 200 nations are currently attending.

Both countries however have sent delegations to the talks, which are due to run for two weeks until 14 November.

China has been criticised along with Russia for failing to attend COP26. / Image: File

China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, followed by the US

Russia is the fifth largest emitter after the EU and India. Many nations have already announced major deals, including a global pledge to slash methane levels by 2030 as well as to end and reverse deforestation by the same year.

While both China and Russia are signatories of the pledge to reverse deforestation, their failures to attend the meeting in Scotland have been highly criticised.

Prior to Biden’s speech, Russia’s Putin virtually addressed a meeting on forest management at the COP26, stating that his country takes the “strongest and most vigorous measures to conserve” woodlands, according to a Kremlin press release.

US President makes speech at COP26 / Image: File

The US president made his comments when asked about the role that other countries – including China, Russia and Saudi Arabia – have played in talks so far

“The fact that China is trying to assert, understandably, a new role in the world as a world leader – not showing up, come on,”

Mr Biden said.

Biden stated the same about Mr Putin, saying that Russia’s wilderness was burning and their president “stays mum” about the issue.

Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave no reason why the Russian leader would not attend when they announced the decision in October, although he said climate change was an “important” priority for Russia.

Net zero – otherwise known as becoming carbon neutral, means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?

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Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns

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As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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Laughing in limbo Canadian Just for Laughs cancelled

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The renowned Montreal-based Just for Laughs comedy festival, one of the world’s largest international comedy events, will not grace the calendar in 2024.

The Canadian company overseeing the festival announced its cancellation this year, citing efforts to steer clear of bankruptcy. Having marked its 40th anniversary in 2023, Just For Laughs has long been a beloved fixture on the city’s cultural landscape.

With its absence raising questions about which event will inherit the title of the biggest comedy festival, speculation arises whether Melbourne will seize the mantle, given its burgeoning comedy scene and the success of its own Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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