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Environmental crisis looms large for Singaporean container ship

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MV X-Press Pearl in flames.

An environmental crisis is unfolding off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Local authorities are dousing the flames on a Singaporean container ship, which is carrying chemicals and oil.

The container ship, MV X-Press Pearl, has been burning off the country’s west coast for over a week.

Dharshani Lahandapura is the chairperson of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, who said the fire intensified overnight.

“The fire has intensified and spread across the ship by Wednesday evening.”

Authorities have found oil spills around the vessel. But they are struggling to contain the fire due to the extreme heat and strong winds.

The container ship was carrying 300 tonnes of fuel, and over 25 tonnes of nitric acid. It was also carrying 1,486 containers.

Sri Lanka’s navy has deployed special patrols along the coast to avoid a further environmental crisis. But containers have fallen into the ocean and debris has started washing up over 10 kilometres away.

“We have warned the public not to collect items washed ashore from the ship as they could be mixed with chemicals,” Ms Lahandapura said.

But hundreds have already gathered across coastal areas to collect items that have washed ashore.

The fire broke out in the upper deck of the ship. But it has since spread to the quarterdeck, where a bridge is situated.

The vessel was travelling from the Indian port of Hazira back to Singapore. All crew members have safely arrived back on shore.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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PM Johnson’s call to arms in a bid to combat climate change

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will join more than 100 Government and Foreign leaders at the 26th UN Climate summit.

British PM Boris Johnson at 2020 climate summit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken his message to the United Nations about the responsibilities the developed world has in helping developing nations address climate change.

Johnson is calling on wealthy countries to meet a pledge to spend $100 billion a year to tackle climate change as he prepares to host a UN summit.

It comes after the PM met at the high-level United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, according to Downing Street on Sunday.

There’s expected to be more than one-hundred Heads of State and Government as well as Foreign Ministers and diplomats attending the annual General Debate.

It will commence on September 21st and will run for six days.

A visit to the White House on the agenda

Prime Minister Johnson will also visit the White House for the first time since Joe Biden became US President.

The visit is a forerunner to the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) UN climate summit, which the UK will host in Glasgow in November.

“World leaders have a small window of time left to deliver on their climate commitments ahead of COP26”, Johnson said ahead of the UNGA.

“My message to those I meet this week will be clear: future generations will judge us based on what we achieve in the coming months….We need to continue to make a case for a sustainable recovery from Coronavirus rooted in green growth.”

“And we have a responsibility to ensure the benefits of that growth extend to all, no matter where they are born.”

British PM Boris Johnson

Reports suggest Johnson intends to draw a strong focus on coal, climate, cars and trees.

A call to China

The PM also plans to call on China in efforts to persuade them to speed up their work in reducing carbon emissions.

However, it remains unclear if Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the summit, according to UK’s COP26 president-designate Alok Sharma.

“There is no doubt that China is going to be part of the key to all of this,” Sharma says.

“They have said to me they want the COP26 to be a success. The ball is in their court. We want them to come forward and make it a success together with the rest of the world.”

UK COP26 President-designate alok sharma

Carbon emissions must be cut by 45 percent by 2030 in order to avoid detrimental climate impacts, experts say.

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Oil giant Shell ramps up sustainable jet fuel production

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Shell wants to produce SAF in scale by 2025

Oil giant, Shell has revealed bold plans to produce low carbon jet fuel for aircraft as the world continues to turn its focus on climate change

Shell plans to start producing low-carbon jet fuel at scale by 2025, in an attempt to encourage the world’s airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Aviation accounts for around 3% of the world’s carbon emissions an is considered one of the toughest sectors to tackle due to a lack of alternative technologies to jet fuelled engines.

Shell is one of the world’s largest oil traders and has confirmed it aims to produce 2 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025.

That effort is a ten-fold increase from today’s total global output.

SAF is produced from waste cooking oil, plants and animal fats, and Shell says it could cut up to 80% of aviation emissions

Shell, currently only supplies SAF produced by other refineries, including Finnish refiner Neste.

Shell stated that SAF can be blended with regular aviation fuel with little need to change plane engines, to make up 10% of its global aviation fuel sales by 2030.

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Will’s weather – daily weather and climate coverage on Ticker

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We’re taking climate seriously at ticker NEWS – we’re adding weather and climate segments to our broadcasts every hour

The brilliant William Howard will host the segments from our studios at Ticker Park.

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Will’s weather features in every news bulletin on ticker news.

William Howard is an executive producer at ticker news and says he is thrilled to bring the latest weather happenings to ticker’s global audience.

“Weather events and issues surrounding the world’s ongoing climate challenge are topics we heavily cover at ticker. I often reach out to experts for commentary on these very matters and it’s privilege to enhance our focus on climate by bringing the latest every news bulletin,” he said.

The world is changing…and not always for the better! As the earth continues to send warnings to us there are those taking action to undo the damage done.

Will’s weather joins Ticker Climate each week where ticker’s Holly Stearnes and Scott Hamilton discuss the shifting sands, melting mountains, and scorching heat that climate change promises to bring.

Will’s weather will feature at the end of every news bulletin, with an overview of major cities weather forecast on the hour.

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