When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?
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In a few days, voters will go to the polls for the first time since Labour's red wall turned blue in a bumper set of local and mayoral elections. And it will be Sir Keir Starmer's, rather than Boris Johnson's big test. It is the first time the Labour leader has faced the electorate since becoming leader in the midst of the first national lockdown in April last year. And his prospects look gloomy , with polling predicting he will not only lose the Hartlepool by-election - a seat that has always belonged to Labour - but also fail to win back the Tees Valley and West Midlands mayoralties. Labour could also lose Bolton and Dudley councils - another setback in its bid to build back its broken red wall. Advertisement Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer: 'We are fighting for every vote' Even if only some of that comes to pass, it would allow Mr Johnson - in some political hot … [Read more...] about Acid test for Labour’s leader when voters give verdict in Super Thursday elections
THIS Morning chef Nisha Katona's cousin has died of coronavirus as India battles a devastating second wave of the virus. The 49-year-old presenter revealed the tragic family death today as she appeared on the ITV show to discuss the "abject fear" the people of India are facing. Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield , Nisha was welcomed via video link from her home in the Wirral. Phillip introduced the harrowing segment as a series of photos and videos of the devastation in India was screened. "We have all been shocked by the pictures coming from India over the last few days," he began. "They're currently facing the world's worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic." Holly chimed in to explain how 18million cases have now been registered across the country, with a death toll over 200,000 people . The star asked chef Nisha what it had been like for her family, who are based in northern Indian city of Varanasi. "It's only … [Read more...] about This Morning chef Nisha Katona reveals cousin has died from coronavirus in India’s ‘apocalyptic’ second wave