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COP26 plants the seed for urgent climate action | ticker VIEWS

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In light of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, industries around the world are shifting their attention to engage with climate action.

Farmers are experiencing climate change firsthand and are now stepping up their plans to tackle it.

Anika Molesworth is a farmer, scientist, and storyteller who was awarded Farmer of the Year in 2015.

She is passionate about ensuring the best possible future for the planet and the food people consume.

Farmers on a mission

Australia has seen a shift towards higher temperatures and lower winter rainfall, which has had significant effects on many farmers.

Despite these trends, there remains much uncertainty over the long-run effects of climate change on farm businesses.

Molesworth says the decade-long Millennium drought changed her life forever. Between the years 2000–2010, very little rain fell in much of Australia.

Her home became dry and duststorms turned the skies red. That’s when she drew the correlation between the land, the climate, and the food on her plate.

Now, she is dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts on farms, and what actions must be taken to reduce emissions and adapt to changing conditions.

Farmers are severely impacted by extreme weather events, like drought or bushfires. These types of events impact the ability to grow produce.

Climate change and rainfall trends affect food prices, which vary depending on agricultural profitability and world prices.

Less words, more action

As the historical COP26 climate summit rolls into its second week in Glasgow, there is a renewed and heightened focus on the wellbeing of our planet.

We have seen world leaders pledge their emissions targets and plan to tackle climate change but some see the summit as a failure.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg lead a climate protest of thousands in Glasgow, aimed at attacking the climate policy of world leaders at the summit.

“Many are asking what it’ll take for people in power to wake up. But let’s be clear – they’re already awake. They know exactly what they’re doing. They know exactly what priceless values they’re sacrificing to maintain business as usual.”

GReta thunberg, climate activist

“These conversations and commitments are a starting foundation, but we need to shift rapidly to action.”

Anika molesworth, scientist & farmer

Australia’s climate targets

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the COP26 climate summit, saying that Australia had submitted a new nationally determined contribution.

He noted that Australia’s emissions would fall by 35% by 2030, far exceeding the Paris commitment.

Morrison is often criticised for his lack of ambitious climate change targets.

“The reduction targets the Australian Government has take to Glasgow are woefully inadequate and are not aligned with the science… This is putting Australians in the path of danger. “

Anike molesworth, scientist & farmer

Shift to electric

The transition to electric vehicles is a major part of the world’s strategy to tackle climate change.

The Australian Government is looking to accelerate the rollout of 50,000 charging stations to support an expected 1.7 million EVs on the road by 2030.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he won’t be forcing Australians to do anything they don’t want to.

“We will not be forcing Australians out of the car they want to drive or penalising those who can least afford it through bans or taxes. The strategy will work to drive down the cost of low and zero emission vehicles, and enhance consumer choice.”

scott morrison, Australian prime minister

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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