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Is India’s 2070 net-zero target too late?

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One of the world’s most pollutant countries has announced plans to cut its emissions to net zero by 2070 – shockingly missing a key goal of the COP26 summit for nations to commit to reach that target by 2050

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the pledge at the Glasgow conference on Monday, stating his nation is making the commitment to cut emissions to net zero within 48 years.

This is the first time the country has made such a commitment.

Net zero, or becoming carbon neutral, means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere.

In contrast, China has announced plans for carbon neutrality by 2060, while the United States, Australia and EU aim to hit net zero by 2050.

India is the world’s fourth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, the US and the EU

The country’s huge population means its emissions per capita are much lower than other major world economies.

India emitted 1.9 tonnes of CO2 per head of population in 2019, compared with 15.5 tonnes for the America’s and 12.5 tonnes for Russia that year.

The announcement follows a pre-recorded address made by the Queen, urging world leaders to take the matter seriously, in order to protect the planet.

The 2070 net zero target has disappointed activists and experts in Glasgow

But despite the sombre reaction to his announcement within Glasgow, Modi seems to have impressed people back home.

The Indian Prime Minister used the majority of his time in front of world leaders underlining the need for “lifestyle changes” as the greatest solution to climate change.

The net-zero target will come 20 years after the climate’s 2050 targets, which have been set out by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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