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“2050 is way too late” – big names divided over Australia’s climate targets

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The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released it most comprehensive report on global warming, put together by 234 international scientists and it’s not pleasant reading for the future

The latest United Nation’s report on Climate Change dropped yesterday, and the response has been powerful and global

Who said what, and is still hope?

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IPCC climate report: Code red for humanity

Mark Howden is a climate institute professor from the Australian National University who also contributed to the IPCC report, he says the report shows with greater confidence than ever before that the world is “very unlikely to avoid 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming under the current trajectory of greenhouse emissions”.

Sarah Hanson Young joined ticker NEWS following the release of the world’s largest ever report into climate change.

This is the strongest statement on the science of climate change, and Hanson Young says it’s time to listen to the science.

Sarah HANSON YOUNG RESPONDS TO THE IPCC REPORT FINDINGS

The United Nation’s latest report on climate change was put together by 234 international scientists and paints an objectively dark picture of the future

“Well, in some ways, not overly surprising, but I think, a pretty dire warning for what we’re facing, not just around the rest of the world, but increasingly, here in Australia,” Hanson Young told tickerNEWS.

The Australian Greens senator says the rising temperature means an increase rate of severe drought in Australia, “that’s going to have a huge impact on the Murray Darling Basin and our food production, more bushfires more extreme weather.”

“There’s no other way around it, we have to get out of fossil fuels, and we’ve got to do it fast, we’ve got to really make deep cuts to carbon pollution. We’ve got to be doing that in the next decade. 2050 is way too late.”

Hanson Young said Australia’s Prime Minister’s is still “hedging his bets on a 2050 target, but if we wait till 2050, what this report shows is that it’s going to be way too late.”

“We will meet and beat our targets”

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John Kerry is one of the most powerful voices on the issue and says the report underscores an “overwhelming urgency for action.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison fronted the media and says he’s listening but he wants a balance.

Australia’s trading partners including the UK, US, Japan and South Korea have upped their goals in an effort to limit warming.

What next?

The UN report found the world’s temperatures are likely to increase by 1.5 degrees on pre-industrial levels by 2040.

This can cause rising sea levels and more extreme weather patterns placing stress on the world’s population like we’ve seen recently in Greece, London and Australia.

Now this is all very hard to hear and paints a grim picture, but there is some good news, there’s still hope.

It’s a lot to to take in at a time when we are challenged in other ways, but when there’s hope there’s always possibility.

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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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