January 18, 2022 10:04 pm

Youth at COP26, Climate Change, Libya … Friday’s News

Thousands of young people have demonstrated in the streets of Glasgow, demanding more action from the delegates gathered at COP26, the conference on climate change.

Friday’s march was led by a group of indigenous and developing country activists who drew attention to the climate crises facing their communities. Abigail Hualinga is from the Quechua people of Ecuador.

“Although we are a small part of the population, 80% of biodiversity has been conserved by native peoples. Our voices, our proposals, must be heard in all international conventions on climate change ”, he said.

Greta Thunberg, whose 2018 climate strike inspired the international “Friday for Future” movement, joined thousands of protesters and closed the event. “We don’t need more distant and non-binding commitmentsWe do not need more empty promises, we do not need more pledges filled with gaps and incomplete statistics and that ignore historical emissions and climate justice, but that is all we are achieving. And no, this is not radical. Look at their history. They’ve had 26 COPS and decades of blah blah blah and where has this gotten us? “

Emissions will grow by 13.7% in 2030 despite the cuts announced at COP26

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If no action is taken, global emissions will continue to rise in this decade. By 2030, they will increase by around 16.3% compared to 2010 levels.

According to the latest UN update, with the commitments announced during COP26, global CO2 emissions are on track to grow 13.7% by 2030 compared to 2010 instead of falling the 45% needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century.

That projection is slightly lower than the 16% for the end of this decade before the new commitments announced by 14 countries: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Chad, China, Ghana, Iraq, Japan, Nauru, Pakistan , Saint Kitts and Nevis and Uzbekistan.

However, it is still insufficient. It is estimated that to limit the increase in the global average temperature to 1.5 ° C, as established by the Paris Agreement, a reduction in CO2 emissions of 45% in 2030 or a reduction of 25% in 2030 is required to limit the heating to 2º C.

UNHCR begins evacuation flights from Libya

UNHCR is providing emergency assistance to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees affected by government security operations in Tripoli, Libya.

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UNHCR is providing emergency assistance to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees affected by government security operations in Tripoli, Libya.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has begun evacuating asylum seekers from Libya.

The night of November 4, 172 people were transferred to Niger on the first evacuation flight in more than a year, after the Libyan authorities lifted a blanket ban on humanitarian flights.

The agency assures that, taking into account the limited number of places, evacuation can only be a solution for extremely vulnerable people, who urgently need security and protection.

Many of the evacuees had previously been detained in dire conditions, were trafficked or suffered violence. The group included families, children traveling alone and a baby born just a few weeks ago.

Humanitarian aid in drones

A house in Nhangau, Mozambique, completely destroyed by Cyclone Idai that has affected Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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A house in Nhangau, Mozambique, completely destroyed by Cyclone Idai that has affected Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The World Food Program will use more drones in its humanitarian operations, having successfully tested them in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai in 2019.

The objective is replace the use of helicopters in the search phase, identify with drones the location of people who need to be rescued and use boats and helicopters only to go directly to look for them.

In Mozambique, right now, this UN agency was using drones to observe floods, make projections and better help survivors. In that country, next week will take place the largest search and rescue operation with these devices in history, which would include 40 drones of different types.

Reference-news.un.org

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