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Former UN Environmental Director and climate activist Svein T Veitdal warns the climate crisis needs immediate action

Svein T Veitdal is a global expert and activist on climate change, renewable energy & nature. He is a former UN Director and is now the Director of Klima 2020. Based in Norway, Svein says “we still have hope and possibility, but we have to act extremely fast.”

“I think everybody understands that the situation is extremely dangerous for future generations. There is no doubt about that anymore. There is one recipe that works. That is to take the source to the problem. Which is the fast reduction of emissions. And that means cutting down on fossil energy production.”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

Nordic countries lead the way on climate action

The recent IPCC climate report sent a stark climate science warning around the world. Now, more extreme weather events are wreaking havoc across Greece, the United States.

Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are showing great leadership when it comes to climate change action. Now, more than 50%, of all new cars sold in Norway are fully electric, with no hybrids.

Norway is focusing on subsidising, with free parking, no road tolls, and a growing network of charging stations.

 “So we are not more environmentalists than other countries, it’s just to do it like this and it will happen everywhere. So that’s a way to speed up the transition. But now, we are starting to withdraw the benefits because now the market works and we can withdraw the benefits.”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

Norway also leads the way for remarkable hydrogen opportunities. More than 95% of their energy is renewable, mainly from hydrogen.

“We definitely continue to invest in hydrogen and hydrogen development”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

However, while Norway is leading in so many ways Veitdal insists Norway can also be seen as hypocritical. He says in comparison to Sweden and Denmark, Norway has only reduced its emissions by 4% since 1990.

” Norway is not willing to set an end date to oil and gas and we are even subsidising to look for new areas. And we are going against the advice to the Secretary-General in the UN and also the new report from the International Energy Agency.”

“Our neighbours have done much better.”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

Cop26 Glasgow

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is fast approaching. It’s scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland between 1 and 12 November 2021.

Glasgow will potentially be one of the most important global climate discussions of all time. Action must happen now before it’s too late.

“It’s super important because maybe it’s the last chance we have to reach global climate goals. I don’t think we will make the 1.5 goals but what is needed is an agreed plan to phase out fossil energy production and increased renewable energy production much faster than what is happening today.”

“We need to reduce emissions by 10% a year until 2030.”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

“We now have almost 80% of the world’s emissions covered by net-zero pledges – up from about 20% in 2019. AUS still has a target set in 2015”

Scott Hamilton, Energy expert & ticker climate co-host


Veitdal has attended most of the climate conferences in the past and says Australia’s track record is not great. He believes Australia is a victim of climate change to forest fires, heatwaves, and the downgrading of the Great Barrier Reef.

Veitdal warns if Australia doesn’t pick up its game, it will lag behind, lose a lot of green business opportunities and suffer more from the impact.

“It looks like you have failed to act to protect your people from I think, maybe the greed of the fossil fuel industry before sea lobby, the coal lobby is probably too strong.”

“Even if you have excellent conditions for renewable energy production, it looks like the shift is coming slower to Australia than the rest of the world.”

“Australia must leave fossil energy behind that’s your solution, that will be successful to the people and to the world.”

Svein T Veitdal, former UN Director, climate activist

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Craft brewers in China celebrate the return of Australian barley



The craft brewing industry is raising a toast to the resurgence of Australian barley imports, heralding a potential cost-saving boon amidst recent economic challenges.

Over the past three years, the burgeoning craft beer sector in China faced multiple setbacks, including the pandemic’s impact on bar attendance and heavy anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the Chinese government in 2020 on Australian barley and wine.

The removal of the barley tariffs in the previous month, following an easing of trade tensions, is expected to lower production costs for brewers across China. This development is particularly welcomed by craft beer brewers who rely on pure malt without additives like broken rice or starch, which had made their products more expensive.

Prior to the tariffs, Australian government data indicates that China consistently purchased between 86% and 91% of Australia’s malting barley exports, occasionally accounting for over half of Chinese malting barley demand.

Miller Meng, brewmaster at Shanghai’s The Brew, expressed optimism about the return of Australian barley, stating, “Australian malt’s return to the market will restore prices to a more reasonable level.” He highlighted the surging prices of alternative malts in the absence of Australian supplies.

With over 13,000 craft beer-related businesses in China, the craft beer industry had been a thriving segment in the world’s largest beer market, worth an estimated $125 billion this year. However, the absence of Australian malting barley forced many Chinese craft brewers to explore alternatives, often at a higher cost due to global supply chain disruptions.

The hope now is that the reintroduction of Australian imports will help stabilize profit margins for craft brewers. Australian malting barley is currently offered at a competitive $350 per metric ton compared to $390 for French barley, with more favorable freight costs from Australia to China. Approximately 300,000 tons of Australian malting barley have already been contracted for sale to China since the tariff removal.

For Australian barley farmers, this revival of the Chinese market is a welcome development, as it restores an essential export channel. The barley that had previously been destined for Chinese beer production had been diverted to other markets at lower prices in recent years. Brewers in China anticipate a resurgence in demand for Australian malting barley over the next two years, signaling a brighter future for the craft beer industry in the country.

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X CEO Linda Yaccarino uninformed about Elon Musk’s subscription plan



X CEO Linda Yaccarino appeared perplexed when questioned about Elon Musk’s plan to introduce a subscription model for X.

The confusion raised concerns about her knowledge of the company’s strategic direction and her involvement in key decisions.

During the interview conducted by CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, Yaccarino initially seemed unaware of Musk’s announcement regarding a “small monthly payment” for X’s services. Boorstin probed about the potential impact of this shift from ad-based revenue to subscriptions on X’s business model. Yaccarino’s response, or lack thereof, left many wondering if she was truly informed.

Musk had publicly revealed the subscription plan in a live-streamed conversation, emphasizing its importance in deterring spammers and bots from profiting on the platform. This suggested that the move was more than just an idea.

As the interview continued, Yaccarino evaded questions about her consultation in this decision, despite her background in advertising and her role as X’s CEO. She defended her position, stating that she was brought in to run the company and deliver the best user experience. However, her inability to address subscription-related queries left the audience perplexed.

The interview also highlighted Yaccarino’s lack of precise knowledge about X’s user numbers, further raising doubts about her understanding of the company’s operations.

Ultimately, the interview painted a picture of discord between Yaccarino and Musk, suggesting that they may not be aligned on X’s strategic direction. Questions about subscriptions, staffing, and other crucial aspects of X’s future remained unanswered, leaving observers uncertain about the company’s direction under its current leadership.

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Uber, DoorDash lose bid to block NYC minimum wage



A New York state judge rejected a bid by Uber Technologies Inc, DoorDash Inc and Grubhub Inc to block New York City’s novel law setting a minimum wage for app-based delivery workers.

The decision by New York Acting Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Moyne will allow the law to take effect pending the outcome of the companies’ lawsuit. Moyne in July had stopped the law from being implemented while he considered the companies’ request to block it until the case is resolved.

The law will require companies to pay delivery workers $17.96 an hour, which will rise to nearly $20 in April 2025. Companies can decide whether to pay workers hourly or per delivery, which would be based on the hours workers log into the app.

Uber, DoorDash, Grubhub Inc and a smaller food delivery service, Relay Delivery Inc, claim the law will force them to shrink service areas to absorb the new labor costs, ultimately hitting customers and restaurants.

Moyne blocked the city from enforcing the law against Relay pending the outcome of the case. The judge said that unlike the other companies, Relay cannot immediately raise the fees it charges to restaurants and needs time to renegotiate its contracts.

Adam Cohen, a lawyer for Relay, in an email said Relay’s couriers earn more than $30 an hour on average.

“Today’s ruling further ensures beloved local restaurants, many of which are also small businesses, will continue to be able to rely on Relay to help them make ends meet,” Cohen said.

A DoorDash spokesperson in a statement said the decision was disappointing for workers, merchants and customers.

“The City’s insistence on forging ahead with such an extreme pay rate will reduce opportunity and increase costs for all New Yorkers,” the spokesperson said.

Spokespersons for Uber and Grubhub also said they were disappointed with the ruling.

City officials, meanwhile, praised the judge’s decision in a press release.

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