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COP26 climate change conference begins in Glasgow

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World leaders unite for the 26th climate change summit

The United Kingdom has just begun hosting what is being dubbed the most crucial climate conference the world has ever seen.

Held in Glasgow, the goal of the event is to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees or below by 2100, with the world currently on track for a 2.7 degree warming by this time..

Nearly 200 nations are being asked to increase their carbon emissions targets and reduce their global footprints.

The President of COP26 Alok Sharma says the COP26 climate summit is the world’s last, best hope to hit the 1.5-degree target.

This conference will hopefully lead to major changes regarding how we conduct our day-to-day lives, with discussions about the types of cars we drive, the power we use to heat our homes and how we live sustainably into the future.

COP26 is important because fossil fuels created by humans are resulting in more and more extreme weather events, which could eventually lead to many parts of the world being uninhabitable.

This conference is about pushing member nations to agree to keep global warming below that critical 1.5-degree level and putting former climate promises made at previous conferences into action.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there are no longer any excuses for the world’s procrastination

There are still fears that pledges made at Glasgow’s COP26 will be too little, too late

Some scientists saying the world will breach the 1.5 degree mark between 2030 and 2040.

Climate activist Daniel Bleakley says Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is “lying to the world”

“Delay is the new denial”

The Australian Institute Climate Director Richie Merzian is in Glasgow for the climate summit and says Australia’s action on climate change needs to increase.

This all follows the G20 summit which was held in Rome over the weekend, where President Biden has just addressed the media saying he is disappointed by China and Russia falling to show up on issues of climate.

Both Xi JinPing and Vladimir Putin will not be in attendance at Glasgow, despite being two of the world’s biggest emitters.

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine

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A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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