Emergency crews continue their search for victims after flash floods and mudslides engulf areas in Western Canada
British Columbia has declared its third state of emergency in a year, after a month’s worth of rain fell in two days, engulfing towns and cities, blocking major highways, and leaving much of the area underwater.
More extreme weather events
Canada is experiencing the brunt of extreme weather events. Record rainfall, also known as an “atmospheric river”, has paralyzed parts of the province, leading to food and fuel shortages.
The rainfall blocked essential roads, washed-out essential railways, and cut off Vancouver from the rest of the country. The region has implemented temporary restrictions on fuel and travel to help the recovery process and alleviate supply chain issues.
About 14,000 people remain under evacuation orders in several communities, as livelihoods continue to be devastated. There will be a significant economic price tag associated with the long recovery process.
“Dangerous climate change means more extreme events… Canada is the latest to be hit really hard.”
Scott Hamilton, Energy expert & Ticker Climate co-host
Vancouver is now cut off from the rest of Canada by road. They probably should have gone for 1.5 degrees last Saturday really. #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Vancouver #Canada #floods #COP26 pic.twitter.com/bCKtBc3rpa
— Brendan May (@bmay) November 16, 2021
#ClimateCrisis. No place is "safe" any more.
— Parents For Future #EndFossilFuels #AmpelAufKrise (@parents4future) November 17, 2021
World’s first electric ship
The world’s first self-steering and zero-emission container ship is officially up and sailing. The ship is owned by Yara, the world’s leading fertilizer company and a provider of environmental solutions. The company addresses global challenges and creates positive change in key areas. The Yara Birkeland ship will address the emissions challenges in the transport sector.
The ship is sailing around Norway and leading the way for other countries to adopt similar models.
“We are proud to be able to showcase the world’s first fully electric and self-propelled container ship.
It will cut 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and replace 40,000 trips by diesel-powered trucks a year.”
Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of Yara
The boat propels itself using GPS, radars, cameras, and sensors to navigate. The advancement in technology enables the ship to avoid sea traffic and dock on its own. The 80-meter-long and 15-meter-wide vessel can transport up to 120 containers, per trip, which is equivalent to about 40,000 trucks trips.
— Alex Alcocer (@alexalcocerp) November 21, 2021
Ocean’s under threat
The world’s oceans are under threat, with scientists calling for tracking oxygen loss that causes dead zones. Ocean health is gaining increased recognition, and rightly so. The ocean plays a critical part in climate regulation.
The ocean covers 70 percent of the planet and absorbs a considerable amount of CO2 and heat. It is essential that we look after our oceans and everything inside it. The life inside the ocean produces half the oxygen we breathe.
Our sealife is under threat because of pollution, climate change and overfishing.
“We’re seeing increasing areas of the ocean that has a lack of oxygen- which is critical to life.”
Scott Hamilton, energy expert & Ticker Climate co-host
Nearshore fringing reefs on the #GreatBarrierReef have declined in recent decades. This video shows mostly soft corals, dead hard corals covered in seaweed, and a muddy substrate that is unsuitable for coral settlement. Large mound-shaped corals (Porites) persist. No staghorns. https://t.co/qmV4fr28E4
— Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) November 21, 2021
“Twiggy Forrest, the mining billionaire is involved in a recent study with how countries line up with overfishing… Australia got a D.”
Scott Hamilton, energy expert & Ticker Climate co-host
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Are U.S. lawmakers more worried about protecting gun rights than children? | ticker VIEWS
Yet another mass shooting in America, and the world is reeling because change is unfortunately unlikely
As a human being, as a woman, as a Journalist, as a daughter, and as a friend, I was wholeheartedly saddened to hear of the Texas mass shooting in Uvalde, at Robb Elementary School.
I was, and still am angry, sad, and horrified, but unfortunately, not surprised.
Guns are woven into the fabric of America, in particular, Texas.
It’s becoming clearer after each senseless murder, that lawmakers are more worried about protecting their gun rights than they’re innocent people.
Enough is enough.
It’s almost ten years since the Sandy Hook mass shooting where 20 children were murdered.
You would assume that particular massacre would’ve been enough to ignite change in American gun rights, but it wasn’t.
Now, another group of children has been slaughtered in their classrooms. So what is the threshold before something is done?
"The United States has determined that owning guns has costs and one of those costs is human lives… Right now the lives of no one matters…not even our children."— TICKER NEWS (@tickerNEWSco) May 25, 2022
– @meganpratz speaks about the reality of America following the #TexasSchoolMassacre #Uvalde pic.twitter.com/SjdtbKmuzS
Children shouldn’t have to live in fear. The kids of Uvalde were just two days out from summer vacation, where they should be just that- kids.
Now, the selfish and barbaric actions of one 18-year-old individual, who had easy access to an assault rifle, stole their futures away.
Moments of silence are not enough, condolences are not enough.
This does not happen as frequently in any other country in the world. So why is the political appetite for change in America so low?
Gun law overhaul
Here’s what’s being discussed in Congress, in regards to making a change to gun rights.
Currently, federal law does not require unlicensed gun sellers to conduct background checks prior to the purchase of arms.
Dubbed the H.R. 8 bill, it would step up the required background checks before a gun is purchased.
However, it continues to be stalled in the Senate, where it needs ten Republican votes to get through.
It’s now in the process of getting on the upper chamber’s calendar, with many pushing for an urgent vote, even if it’s doomed to fail by Republicans.
They argue that background checks tarnish gun rights and will take away guns.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will also push for a gun safety bill to be voted on in June.
The proposed bill would “allow family members and law enforcement to obtain an extreme risk protection order to temporarily remove access to firearms for those who are deemed a danger to themselves or to others by a federal court.”
Red flag laws are also in place, but they prove ineffective far too frequently.
They only alert a problem if someone has a criminal history or has been previously deemed mentally ill.
Meaning cases like the 18-year-old suspect in the Uvalde mass shooting slipped through the cracks.
Most regulations on gun rights vary from state to state, because gun regulation cannot pass at the Federal level, with no majority support.
Therefore, it leaves gun use and availability up to the leaders of each state.
At this point in time, gun control will not stop every horrific attack, but it will make a difference.
If you keep doing the same process in life, you will get the same outcome. A mass shooting nearly every week in America is surely enough reason to make a change?
National Rifle Association meeting
And most distastefully, the National Rifle Association convention is scheduled for this weekend in Houston, Texas.
Attendees at this convention are prohibited from “bringing firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items.”
So no guns are allowed at the NRA meeting but an 18-year-old can walk into an elementary school with an assault rifle and massacre innocent people.
The irony in that. As the NRA essentially continues to hold America hostage.
Joe and Albo already talk the same language | ticker VIEWS
The morning after the election here, President Joe Biden, in Seoul on the first leg of his first major trip to Asia to engage with the US’s principal allies in the Indo-Pacific, was on the phone to Anthony Albanese:
“President Biden spoke with Australian Prime Minister-Designate Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on his election as Australia’s 31st prime minister. President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ steadfast commitment to the U.S-Australia alliance and his intent to work closely with the new government to make it stronger still. President Biden expressed deep appreciation for the Prime Minister-Designate’s own early commitment to the alliance, reflected in his decision to travel almost immediately to Tokyo to attend the Quad Summit—a vital opportunity to exchange views and continue to drive practical cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. President Biden looks forward to a close partnership between our administrations that will benefit the American people, the Australian people, and the world, starting with consequential meetings in Japan this week.”
Bruce Wolpe on ticker NEWS
The foundations of the alliance are exceptionally strong, capped last year with the announcement of the AUKUS strategic partnership.
At any summit meeting between leaders, or when they get on a video call, what becomes so important is the resonance, the chemistry between them.
That deeper personal chemistry has informed the quality of the ties between several prime ministers and presidents: Bob Hawke and George H W Bush in the first Gulf War to liberate Kuwait; Paul Keating and Bill Clinton to establish APEC; John Howard and George W Bush on 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the US-Australia free trade agreement; Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama to get Australia into the G20; Julia Gillard and Obama stationing Marines in Darwin and the pivot to Asia; Scott Morrison and Donald Trump in alliance against China and exempting Australia from Trump’s trade wars.
It has not been all sweetness and light: Tony Abbott and Barack Obama famously disagreed on global warming, especially on its endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef. Their discussions were chilly while the globe warmed.
The new PM’s relationship with Biden will have a special dimension.
In Anthony Albanese, Biden will see someone very close to his life experience and values
- They both come from poorer backgrounds, and they know what it means for families to pull themselves up.
- They are both Catholic.
- They both strongly support unions and good union jobs. Biden is pro-union, pro-worker and pro-manufacturing. So is Albanese.
- They are both huge on infrastructure. It is Biden’s strongest achievement in Congress so far, and Albanese served as Infrastructure Minister for 6 years. They can talk planes, trains and broadband.
- Albanese has taken a Biden-style agenda to his campaign. Biden won office with Build Back Better and Albanese’s hopes are with A Better Future.
- They both support policies that have at their core helping working families not only with higher wages and good jobs, but also helping them shoulder the cost of living for childcare, education, medicines, and care for seniors.
- Labor is simpatico with Biden on climate, electric vehicles and renewable energy. In fact, an Albanese government can get more enacted on climate than Biden can in this or the next Congress.
Joe and Anthony will find themselves talking the same language. They already do. When they shake hands, the Prime Minster will say, “Everyone calls me Albo.” And Joe will.
At the end of the Tokyo talks, we should expect Biden to invite Albo to Washington, and for the PM to invite the President to come to Australia. They will want to spend more time together.
Australia set to bid for COP29, despite lack of climate action
Australia is set to bid for the opportunity to host the COP29 climate conference, despite its lack of climate action recently
Australia’s opposition Labor party says it will bid to host the 2024 COP29 climate conference if they win the upcoming Federal Election.
They say it will be in partnership with the Pacific and Soloman Island Nations ‘if they want to.’
Australia has never hosted a United Nations climate conference but it could set them on the global stage as a leader in climate change action.
However, Australia has been dubbed a laggard on its climate change action and may not be equipped to host such a significant event.
Australia’s rocky relationship with the Solomon Islands will make the deal even more uncertain.
A recent security pact between China and the Solomon Islands has been finalised, meaning China will build a military base just Kilometres from Australia’s borders.
Australia has recently cristicised the Solomon Islands for its friendly ties to China and how that will negatively impact Australia’s national security.
Now the biggest question is do the Pacific, and the Solomon Islands, even want to partner with Australia at COP29?
Climate change has reared its head more frequently over recent years, including wildfires, ravaging floods, and extreme weather events.
This comes as millions of people in India and Pakistan experience a brutal heat wave that has left hundreds dead.
The high temperatures have been surfacing for the last two months, with the Government unprepared to handle it.
The heatwave is causing wide sweeping water shortages, heat stroke, and power outages.
The region has reached its highest April temperatures in 122 years.
Does the West need to fear China’s presence in the pacific?
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