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The vital climate summit in Glasgow is approaching, while the Pacific Island of Tuvalu cop the brunt of climate change

The nation of Tuvalu is seeing an alarming rise in tides, with experts predicting the Island will be decimated in the near future.

Tuvalu grapples with climate change

Prime Minister Kausea Natano addresses the UN General Assembly asking some very vital questions as his country faces total submersion. These are valid but difficult moral and political questions millions of people in low-lying coastal areas continue to grapple with.

“How strong will the next tropical cyclone be?

What about our traditional culture and heritage? 

Our human rights?

Will Tuvalu remain a member of the UN if it is finally submerged? Who can help us, and will they help us?”

“Until we have answers, sustainable development for us will only be wishful thinking and a short-term goal running on borrowed time. Not a reality we can accomplish,”

“Indeed, the cost of continuous rebuilding after every tropical storm and adapting to increasing sea levels leaves little fiscal space for investment in the SDGs,

our global climate actions must focus on the root causes of climate change to break this cycle of costly and continuous rebuilding,”

Prime Minister Kausea Natano

The international community must now consider solutions to protect the rights of people affected by the impacts of climate change and to avoid chaotic responses to uncontrolled mass climate displacement.

Tuvalu’s Prime Minister explained to the assembly that one obvious sustainable solution is to stop and reverse increasing global temperatures.

Prime Minister Kausea Natano addresses the UN General Assembly

“They’ve got an avergae level of two metres above sea level,

we know climate change is already going to increase sea levels by one metre.

It also means there is massive storm surge- these Islands will be decimated.”

Scott Hamilton, Ticker Climate co-host & energy expert

COP26 in Glasgow

Climate change is high on the agenda for our world’s leaders right now, with talks taking place recently at the UN General Assembly and also the Quad meet. Major climate talks are looming at the upcoming COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in November.

This is seen as the most critical climate meeting in nearly ten years. However, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is yet to make a decision on whether he will attend the summit in Glasgow.

The Prime Minister’s office says a decision hasn’t been made, with Foreign Minister Marise Payne confirming they’re still finalising who will represent Australia at the event.

Morrison has made a few key international trips since the pandemic, in relation to the Aukus alliance and also trips to Japan and the United Kingdom. Critics are questioning how the Prime Minister can be absent from the crucial meeting, when Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will be there.

Australia has continuously been scrutinised for its unambitious emission reduction targets and its absence in adopting net-zero emissions by 2050 goal yet. Also, the Prime Minister coming under fire for Australia’s lingering commitment to the coal industry.

“Morrison recently reached out to Biden and Boris for the nuclear subs deal… so you would think he would therefore see the importance if those two leaders are making the effort to go to Glasgow…

It really is telling that he is equivocating that he’s not really serious about climate action. It’s the actions that count.”

Scott Hamilton, Ticker Climate co-host & energy expert

 

Canceling coal

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. This all comes as state Energy Minister’s urge the Australian Government to put an end to coal and look at climate-friendly alternatives.

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“One of the big messages coming out of that meeting [Quad] from India,

is the demand for green steel, made from green hydrogen.

Not from coal and not from fossil gas.”

Scott Hamilton, Ticker Climate co-host & energy expert

World River’s Day

World Rivers Day is a day for the celebration of our rivers and waterways, but also a day for remembering how fragile they are. Ticker Climate co-host Scott Hamilton is launching his book Sold Down The River, with co-author Stuart Kells.

This book is critical in highlighting the impact of climate change on the iconic Murray Darling Basin Rivers in Australia.

Watch this week’s full episode.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Navigating TV’s industrial revolution – the Ticker way

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Ticker began in 2019, with a goal to create a platform for thought leaders. Now in its fifth year, the company is growing and scaling, writes Ticker Founder Ahron Young.

I had an awkward phone conversation when I started Ticker. It was with a potential investor who had invested in media before.

I expected a robust chat – Maybe some advice and some inspirational quotes. But from the outset, she was far more direct.

“What’s your revenue strategy?” She inquired. Before I could answer, she continued “…Because I’ll never again invest in a company that relies on subscriptions or advertising.”

I paused. Not long ago I’d been a mere journalist, sent to cover some of the biggest stories around the world. I don’t recall ever asking where the money was coming from to send me to far-flung news destinations like Afghanistan and Gallipoli. That was someone else’s problem. Mine was to observe and deliver my lines on camera.

“So no ads or subs – what else is there?” I asked, naively.

She said, “You’re the entrepreneur. You tell me”.

It was the wake-up call I needed. There would be no saviour, no angel investor. Ticker had to do something brand new, from scratch, with no funding runway. From day one it was literally innovate or die.

Ticker’s presenters Daniel Cogrove (left) and Mike Loder (right) with Delivery Lead producer Georgie Jennings (middle).

TV’s industrial revolution

My first job was to tackle the high cost of creating TV news. Most proprietors are billionaires for a reason. We took on a creative approach – finding partners around the globe to build new products that allow us to create great content, efficiently. Our presenters direct their shows live. Automation is our friend.

In the pre-pandemic days of 2019, Netflix was winning over investors. Companies like Vox, Vice, Now This, Pedestrian and Cheddar were growing their brands. News channels were popping up everywhere. But underneath it all, the advertising model was changing.

There were technical advantages and the benefits of having a smaller footprint. Local TV stations had offices around the country, in regional areas too, with high-cost communications lines linking them all up, huge aerials on mountains, and satellites above. The sales team had a huge task before even making money for shows.

Ticker began in a small co-working space. But being in that environment was pivotal to our success. TV is funny because you wear your ideas on the outside. Everyone can see what you are doing and trying, so you need to have a thick skin.

For Ticker, a few things were clear early on – there would be no help from social media companies, and no assistance from the government. They might want to save existing journalism jobs, but they weren’t proactive about creating new ones.

Ticker’s new program Investment Insights

Business model

As it turned out, Ticker’s business model found us, thanks to traditional demand and supply. On day one, August 19, 2019, we received hundreds of pitches from publicists, business leaders, and PR agents – saying they had been dying for something like Ticker to arrive – A platform for thought leaders and business leaders.

So we took that demand and created a business. Native advertising and program ownership (outside of our news programs). We defend our editorial standards, and our clients respect that. It means no alcohol ads, no gambling ads, no reliance on political advertising.

We attracted high-profile program hosts, including ex-footballer Chris Judd, SEO king Harry Sanders, and Airport Economist Tim Harcourt. For them, Ticker is a platform to reach global business leaders.

Building and scaling

This mantra allowed us to build a network of FAST (Free ad-supported TV) platforms right around the globe. We work with the TV manufacturers. Never complain, never explain.

We think more like a tech company than a media company. For example, we recently appointed a Delivery Lead to make sure our content creation runs smoothly – a role commonly found in tech firms.

I bought a toy train set on an infinite loop track to remind us that shows don’t end, they keep going. If we do it right, they’ll last forever. It’s been a huge hit and visitors to our office always take photos.

The Ticker Infinite Loop

Move fast

We pivot quickly. If something isn’t working, we move on. Clinging on to today’s hope doesn’t pay tomorrow’s bills.

In hindsight, I’m thankful for that investor conversation early on. I’m glad we didn’t take her money. It would have allowed us to waste time trying to make a bad idea work for longer.

Ticker Founder Ahron Young speaking at the TV2025 panel at the NAB Show in New York, 2023.

When you live or die by the sword, make sure to sharpen the sword

It’s been a terrible few years for media companies.. CNN+ was shut after three weeks and $300 million spent, WB Discovery announced New Zealand’s Newshub will close, and even the industry bible TVNewsCheck stopped publishing content two weeks ago in response to the advertising downturn. Meta announced plans to pull out of its local news partnerships.

For media companies to survive, it’s no longer about how many viewers you have, but who and where those viewers are. What is your niche? For Ticker, it’s professionals and business leaders with big ideas. They live around the world – business class travellers, digital nomads, some are even stateless. They make big decisions and aspire for more.

Then we turned our backs on traditional ideas and focused on what makes us Ticker. People will always need information, companies will always want marketing. We just have to create value.

The TV Industrial Revolution is here. But without drastic change, the revolution will not be televised.

Ahron Young is Ticker’s Founder and CEO.

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Are U.S. voters rebuking Joe Biden over his Israel policy?

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The Israel-Hamas War is entering a sixth month.

During a recent trip in New York, President Joe Biden was asked when a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might start.

He said he hopes a pause in hostilities can take effect in the coming days to allow for remaining hostages to be released.

Jonathan Tobin, the editor-in-chief of Jewish News Syndicate joins Veronica Dudo. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #IsraelHamas #war #Israel #Hamas #ceasefire

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Putin threatens West with nuclear strike

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a direct threat to employ nuclear weapons against the West, accusing NATO and the United States of preparing to strike Russia.

Putin delivered this ominous warning during his annual address to the nation, raising global tensions to unprecedented levels.

During his speech, Putin accused NATO and the US of deceptive maneuvers, alleging their intentions to launch an attack on Russian territory.

He emphasised Russia’s readiness to defend itself, boasting of its modernized nuclear arsenal and asserting the capability to defeat any potential aggressors on their own soil.

The Russian leader’s words carried a chilling reminder of the destructive power at his disposal, stating, “They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory.”

Such rhetoric underscores the grave risk of escalating conflict and the potential catastrophic consequences of nuclear warfare.

Nuclear war

Putin warned that the deployment of troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could lead to a real risk of nuclear war.

He emphasised Russia’s determination to strengthen its military presence in response to perceived threats from neighboring nations aligning with Western alliances.

In addition to military concerns, Putin criticized Western efforts to engage Russia in an arms race, vowing to bolster Russia’s defense capabilities while accusing the West of attempting to weaken the country economically and politically.

Despite escalating tensions and global condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Putin sought to rally support domestically, praising Russian unity and resilience in the face of adversity.

He portrayed Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as a defensive measure to safeguard national interests and protect Russian citizens.

Putin’s aggressive stance towards the West underscores the deepening rift between Russia and Western powers, raising fears of a potential conflict with far-reaching consequences.

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