January 18, 2022 10:33 pm

Obama at COP26, hurricanes, famine … Monday’s news

Obama calls on young people to keep pushing for climate change to be addressed

Former President Barack Obama, who helped seal the Paris Agreement six years ago, participated today in COP26 in Glasgow, where he asked young people to continue to pressure governments and companies.

“Important work was done there and important work is being done here. That is good news. But there are also bad ones. We are not even close to where we should be, “Obama said in a speech in which he spoke directly to young people and asked them to” vote as if their lives depended on it, because it is so. “

“I understand that many young people are cynical about politics, but the reality is that governments will not pass more ambitious climate plans if they do not feel pressure from young people,” he said. “Don’t think you can ignore politics, you may not like it, but you can’t ignore it. You can’t be too pure for it. It is part of the process that will give results ”, he added.

“I want you to continue angry, I want you to continue frustrated, but channel that anger and take advantage of that frustration,” Obama said, asking them to prepare “for a marathon, not a sprint” in which they will have to accept “partial victories” because such a problem complex cannot be solved in one go.

The former president of the United States closed his speech saying that he believes that if countries fulfill their commitments, “we can ensure a better future.”

Hurricane season depletes list of names for second year


A NASA satellite image shows Hurricane Iota making landfall in Central America.

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has been so active that it has exhausted the usual list of storm names for the second year in a row. The World Meteorological Organization will now use a new list of supplemental names for the upcoming tropical cyclones.

The tropical storm Wanda, which is located in the central North Atlantic, is the last named on the regular 2021 list.

The Organization has a list of names, in alphabetical order, for the storms in each season. If there are more than 21 storms, they use an additional one.

It is the third time in history that this has happened, after 2005 (28 storms) and 2020 (30 storms).

The Organization’s Hurricane Committee decided to stop using the Greek alphabet for the additional list, as was done previously, because they consider that “it created a distraction in the communication of hazard and storm warnings and was potentially confusing.”

The Atlantic hurricane season of 2021 has so far been less devastating than that of 2020, but it has turned out to be unusually active in terms of Accumulated Cyclonic Energy and number of storms. If there is another storm, it will be called Adria.

A family heads home after receiving WFP food rations at a distribution center on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.

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A family heads home after receiving WFP food rations at a distribution center on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.

The number of people on the brink of famine has increased by three million since the beginning of the year, due to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, warns the World Food Program.

The increase from 42 to 45 million people This is because in Afghanistan there are three million more people in level 4 of a classification on food insecurity with five levels, with 5 being famine. In addition, there have been marginal increases in Ethiopia, Haiti, Somalia, Angola, Kenya and Burundi (from 60,000 to 240,000 people).

The number of people on the brink of famine has skyrocketed from 27 million in 2019 due to conflict, climate change and COVID-19.

“Tens of millions of people are looking into the abyss,” said the Program’s executive director, David Beasley, after a trip to Afghanistan, where the agency is scaling up operations to help nearly 23 million people.

The cost of preventing famine in the world now stands at $ 7 billion, up from $ 6.6 billion at the beginning of the year.

An analysis in 43 countries shows that families are forced to eat less, or skip meals altogether, to feed children rather than adults, and, in some extreme cases, to eat lobsters, wild leaves or cacti to eat. survive, as in Madagascar. In other areas, families are forced to marry off children or take them out of school or even, according to media reports, families in Afghanistan are forced to sell their children.

Cities of Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Spain, recognized for their creativity

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now has 49 cities more recognized for “their commitment to putting culture and creativity at the heart of development.”

Huancayo, in Peru, Ibagué in Colombia, Santiago de Cuba and Xalapa, in Mexico, have been recognized for their contribution to music. Manises, in Spain, and the Colombian Pasto, for his contribution to crafts and popular arts.

The Network has 295 cities in 90 countries. They are places that invest in culture and creativity to advance towards sustainable urban development.


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