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Report unveils extent of Covid’s devastating environmental impact

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A team of scientists in India have highlighted the devastating environmental consequences of pandemic-related waste in a new report

It may come as no surprise that the pandemic has had devastating environmental impact. However, a new study has highlighted just how extensive the impacts are.

The study found that as a demand for digital retail therapy and takeaway food delivery services have increased. This has, in turn, created a coinciding increase in the demand for plastic packaging materials.

For example, the researchers found that one plastic packaging company in Spain saw sales grow by 40% during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the US saw demand for plastic grocery packaging rise by 14%.

Pollution due to PPEs and biomedical waste

The study also raised the concerns over the disposal of medical waste such as single-use masks, wipes, sanitisers and gloves.

A Covid-driven explosion in demand for PPE would “definitely lead to an abrupt surge in the use of plastics,” the report noted.

Researchers have already been recording this trend in action. At one point during the pandemic, Wuhan was producing an additional 240 tons of medical waste per day.

The report also found that an increased use of hand soaps, sanitiser and other cleaning products could be doing irreversible damage to the environment. This could pose a “serious issue in the future,” the report noted.

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Keira is the front-page editor at Ticker NEWS. She's previously worked at Reuters in Jakarta, and ABC in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in international politics. Keira is particularly interested in writing about politics, technology and human rights.

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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.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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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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