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“We’re doing all we can” -U.S President’s plea to hurricane ravaged state



All the updates on Hurricane Ida as the tropical storm wrecks havoc across the New Orleans coastline, causing further devastation

Joe Biden speaks out

The US President announced on Monday that Biden administration officials will meet with local leaders to assess the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. 

It comes as New Orleans residents and emergency services commence the gruelling task of rescue and cleanup along the state’s coast.

“We know Hurricane Ida had the potential to cause massive, massive damage, and that’s exactly what we saw,” Biden said, speaking from the White House.

More than 5,000 members of the national guard were deployed to support search, rescue and recovery attempts. 

But as wild weather continues to sweep across the state, Biden asks residents to seek shelter if safe to do so and to rest assured that help is well on its way. 

Now downgraded to a category three tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects heavy rainfall to cross southeast Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama.   

Further flooding is also expected to occur, likely to impact portions of the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and Central and Southern Appalachians.

A long clean up awaits

Drones launched to assess hurricane damage 

The federal government will also look at initiating authorised drones and satellites to assess the damage.

They’ll also work alongside energy providers to help restore power to more than one million Louisiana homes. 

“We’re doing all we can to minimise the amount of time it’s going to take to get power back up for everyone in the region.”

President joe biden

“We’re going to stand with you and the people of the Gulf as long as it takes for you to recover.”

Hurricane Ida continues to devastate

Two casualties have been reported so far – an increase of one from yesterday – however Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says the death toll could rise significantly. 

“This is going to be a long haul…We are still in a life-saving mode here, doing search and rescue.”.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

In the last 36 hours, around 20 water rescues were conducted across three separate counties.

Additionally, four nursing homes in Mississippi are running on generators while some hospitals are functioning on a mix of electric grid and generator sources, according to Jim Craig, senior deputy and director of the Mississippi Department of Health.

Eight-hundred people were also rescued by St. John the Baptist Parish, in what parish president Jaclyn Hotard called a “parish-wide disaster”. 

It’s the first time in 24 hours that residents in the area were able to make phone calls, access the internet and check emails.

“All of our communication systems had failed – even the backups that we had to our communication systems failed, and those backups to the backups failed.”

Jaclyn Hotard, St. John the Baptist Parish President

“We were pretty much cut off from any communication.” 

St. John the Baptist Parish rescue efforts

Affected universities and schools to close for 2 weeks

The education sector also faces repercussions with some primary, secondary and tertiary institutions forced to close for up to two weeks. 

Tulane campus in Louisiana closed its campus earlier on Monday, cancelling all classes through to September 12. 

Jefferson and St Tammany Parishes, among some other schools, are expected to move to remote learning, with several other education facilities closed until further notice.

Hurricane Ida reduces buildings to rubble

Tornado warnings in place for two counties 

And if things weren’t bad enough already, a tornado warning has been issued for parts of two Alabama counties.

Residents in central Lee and northeastern Macon counties are advised to seek immediate shelter, until 4.30pm local time. 

While winds are easing, a thorough assessment to evaluate the damage will not occur until it’s safe to do so. 

The NHC warns that all residents and rescue crews must use extreme caution during the recovery phase as that’s where more injuries – some life-threatening – are likely to occur.

“Post-storm fatalities and injuries often result from heart attacks, heat exhaustion, accidents related to clean up and recovery, and carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator use,” the NHC says.

Ticker will continue to update our readers on Louisiana’s situation as the news breaks.

Written by Rebecca Borg


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



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.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Oil giant Shell ramps up sustainable jet fuel production



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



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.
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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