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One dead as Hurricane Ida rages through Louisiana

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The category four hurricane is expected to be one of the most devastating storms since Katrina ravaged the New Orleans coastline in 2005.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that deputies responded to a home in Louisiana’s capital city on a report of someone injured by a fallen tree. The person has since been pronounced dead.

Hurricane Ida has left 750,000 homes in New Orleans without power as it continues to intensify.

President Biden says that he expects “life-threatening” destruction.

The hurricane officially made landfall in the US state of Louisiana earlier today with 240km/h wind gusts and record rainfall.

Thousands of people have already fled the state, with authorities now warning that it is too late to leave.

Hurricane Ida sweeps the Louisiana coast

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) expects the category four hurricane to be one of the most powerful storms within the last century.

“Catastrophic wind damage will occur near the core of Ida as it moves inland over southeastern Louisiana during the next few hours,” the NHC warns.

“These winds will likely lead to widespread tree damage and power outages.” 

On Sunday, Louisiana saw sustained winds of 150mph.

Despite slowing down and seeing a drop in wind gusts throughout the day, widespread damage occurred along the coast.

More than 400,000 homes were left without power by mid-afternoon and roofs, trees and even ferries were left with little chance, blowing away in the strong wind gusts. 

Hurricane Ida also turned the mighty Mississippi River on its head quite literally, with the river seen temporarily flowing from south to north.

Major concerns for medical facilities

There are major concerns growing for medical facilities.

It’s expected that hundreds of victims will require medical attention from hospitals already overrun with COVID patients. 

There is also extensive roof damage to Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Lafourche Parish close to where Ida made landfall. 

“Once again we find ourselves dealing with a natural disaster in the midst of a pandemic,” says Jennifer Avegno, the top health official for New Orleans.

Louisiana governor, John Bell Edwards, says Ida is close to following in the footsteps of powerful storm, Hurricane Katrina. 

“This is not the kind of storm that we normally get,” he told the Associated Press. 

“This is going to be much stronger than we usually see and, quite frankly, if you had to draw up the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing.”

16 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Ida comes 16 years to the day following the devastation of Katrina which tore up the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana in 2005. 

The category three storm killed 1800 people with repercussions from the storm lasting several years.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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When will Australia’s PM commit to net-zero?

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with US President Biden standing with coal

COP-26 climate summit is just days away, but Australia’s PM Scott Morrison is yet to cement the nation’s net-zero targets

A decision expected by the week’s end

Morrison says there are still a lot of things to work through and the impacts of the world’s response to climate change will inevitably have an impact on regional and rural Australians.

Morrison promises residents can trust his government to “do the right thing” and do what it needs to do to achieve the desired climate change response whilst also protecting jobs and people’s livelihoods.

The PM is committed to embracing new technologies to move towards a more sustainable economy, keeping industries forging ahead.

We spoke to Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young earlier today and asked what she expects the federal government’s net-zero plan will be.

Meanwhile, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the world is in a climate catastrophe and we need to act.

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Leaders convene for the ‘Global Race To Zero Summit’ | ticker VIEWS

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As the global climate conversation heats up, leader’s prepare to convene in a month of historical talks

On Ticker News this week, Holly Stearnes and Scott Hamilton spoke with the Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, John Grimes. We delve into the Global Race To Zero Summit on 20-21 October.

The virtual summit will host thirty climate action leaders from around the world, giving all global perspectives. 

Climate change conversation

Global warming and climate change has been an ongoing conversation for world leaders for decades. However, it’s not until now that the conversation has reached a boiling point.

The climate scientists have said there is no more time, no more political debates, serious action needs to be taken now.

In Australia, Former Prime Minister John Howard committed Australia to put a trading emissions trading scheme.

 ‘Stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will be difficult, but not impossible. We do not have to sacrifice our economic prosperity to tackle the problem.”

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“I will also be announcing a ‘cap and trade emissions trading system that will help Australia substantially lower our domestic greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest cost.” 

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard

“Sadly, Australia and leaders around the world failed to heed these warnings. Global greenhouse emissions have continued to sky-rocket and we are now experiencing the existential threat of dangerous climate change.”

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However, as long as the climate debate has continued, there are always two sides to the argument. The things that are most damaging to our planet, also financially and economically support thousands of people and livelihoods.

Climate Wars

As the COP-26 climate event approaches at a rapid pace, Australian lawmakers are struggling to reach an agreement over net-zero targets. The Nationals have continued to withhold their support for a net-zero plan.

As the world transitions away from coal, Australia seems reluctant to consider a future without it. Country coal towns and the Australian economy rely heavily on the coal industry. However, it is crucial that Australia now paves its way in a new direction.

The coal industry gives thousands of Australians jobs, but when the rest of the world moves away from coal, Australia’s exporting opportunities will no longer be there.

That’s why it’s essential to create a plan, so people are not left in dead-end industries and we’re in line with the rest of the world in tackling climate change.

John Grimes is the Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, the independent, not-for-profit body for the Australian smart energy industry thinks the Morrison will be dragged “kicking and screaming” to committing to net-zero target by 2050 at the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow.

“That’s [net-zero by 2050] is the bare minimum.”

– John Grimes, CEO, Smart Energy Council

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Global Race To Zero Summit

This will be one of the biggest virtual climate events in 2021.

The Summit will explore the opportunities that emerge from taking action on climate change and provide a clear pathway forward for governments, citizens, and companies.

Taking place just 10 days before the G20 meeting in Rome, on 30-31 of October, and in the lead up to the critical COP26 meeting in Glasgow from 31 October–12 November, this event will be instrumental in influencing ambitious global action.

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Watch the full episode here: https://tickeroriginals.co/2021/10/18/the-race-to-zero/

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend first Earthshot Prize awards

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among a number of high-profile individuals who attended the very first Earth shot Prize awards ceremony

Started by Prince William, the idea behind the event is to celebrate those who are trying to save the planet from global warming.

There will be five winners in total, with each person receiving a grant of 1-million-pounds.

Other stars including Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and Mo Salah are handing out awards.

Meanwhile, celebrities were asked to refrain from flying from the event, and guests were asked to “consider the environment” when choosing an outfit.

The Earthshot prize is a nod to the “Moonshot” ambition of America, whereby John F Kennedy wanted to send a man to the moon within a decade.

Climate activist, Sir David Attenborough is also a council member for Earthshot and gave his remarks

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