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



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.


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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Israeli soldiers use water cannons to stop protestors from breaking into PM’s house



Dramatic scenes in Israel as protestors take to the streets demanding a controversial judicial reform plan be scrapped

Dramatic scenes are unfolding in Israel following news the nation’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his defence minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday after Gallant called for a halt to a controversial judicial reform plan.

Gallant, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, broke ranks on Saturday by publicly urging Netanyahu to suspend the legislation.

He said, “The growing rift in our society is penetrating the Israel Defense Forces and security agencies. This poses a clear, immediate, and tangible threat to the security of the state. I will not allow this.”

His dismissal marks the largest public fracture in Netanyahu’s coalition government over the proposed reforms that have sparked mass protests and even dissent from some in the nation’s revered military.

Others in Netanyahu’s party have begun to waver: A top lawmaker echoed the defense chief’s call to pause the contested judicial overhaul on Sunday.

Dissent from the premier’s own party and cabinet has compounded months of unprecedented mass protests by Israelis who fear the package of reforms could endanger court independence.

Netanyahu, who is on trial on graft charges that he denies, says the overhaul will balance out the branches of government.

A key bill effectively giving his religious-nationalist coalition more control over the appointment of judges is expected to be brought for ratification this week in the Knesset, where he and his allies wield 64 out of 120 seats.

But how – or even if – that as-yet-unscheduled vote will proceed has been thrown into question by Likud dissenters. #trending #featured

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Brace for impact: Passenger activates emergency slide on Delta flight



Passenger activates emergency slide on a Delta Air flight bound for Seattle

A scary situation for those passengers onboard Delta Air Flight 1714 after a passenger activated one of the aircraft’s emergency slides.

An individual has been arrested after opening one of the plane’s doors and exiting via the emergency exit slide as the crew prepared for takeoff from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The incident on the Delta flight took place around 10:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, while the plane was stationary at LA’s international airport.

The Boeing 737 was on the runway holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft.

The individual was initially detained by Delta staff before being arrested by local law enforcement.

The Federal Aviation Administration says customers are being reaccommodated on a new aircraft – apologising for any inconvenience and delay. #trending #featured

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Latitude Financial Services reports 7.9 million customer details stolen



The company is offering pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents

Latitude Financial Services says 7.9 million customers have had their driver’s licence numbers stolen.

More than 53,000 passport numbers have also been taken in the latest cyber attack, to grip Australia and New Zealand.

A further six million customers have had their names, addresses and phone numbers stolen.

Latitude is offering to pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents.

Up to 97 per cent of those records were taken before 2013, with some dating back to 2005.

The company says their review is ongoing into the matter and is contacting affected customers.

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