Every sector failing to move fast enough on climate

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Every sector is failing to move quickly enough to make the “transformational change” needed to keep global heating below 1.5C beyond pre-industrial times, a critical target of the Paris climate agreement, a global report has found.

Examining 40 sectors, ranging from agriculture to finance, the Systems Change Lab report found all were changing too slowly to meet the targets needed to restrict global heating, with some areas even regressing: agricultural emissions, the dependency on cars and deforestation required “complete U-turns”.

The alarming findings come days before world leaders meet in Glasgow for the Cop26 global climate summit, with the British prime minister, 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson), admitting it was “touch and go” whether the necessary action would be taken. Failing to decarbonize quickly enough would mean the planet would increasingly be hit with deadly heatwaves, storms, flooding and crop failures.

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A school safety officer in Long Beach has been charged with murder after the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old while he was on duty.

The Los Angeles district attorney announced on Wednesday that the officer, Eddie Gonzalez, whose contract was terminated a week after the killing, was facing one count of murder after allegedly firing into a moving vehicle near a high school on 27 九月, hitting 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez. The teenager, who had a five-month-old son, died a week later in hospital.

The heads of large oil companies will be questioned under oath in Congress for the first time on Thursday about the industry’s campaign of denying the role fossil fuels have played in global heating.

Top executives from the US’s largest oil company, ExxonMobil, as well as Shell, Chevron and BP, will testify in the momentous hearing, having previously dodged requests to appear before Congress.

Almost a third (31%) of Americans do not accept global warming is happening, despite a near-total (99.9%) scientific consensus that the climate emergency is the result of human action. A poll of 1,000 Americans revealed political divisions, with Democrats overwhelmingly (89%) accepting the scientific basis of the climate emergency, while only 42% of Republicans agreed global warming was a reality.

While society often associates concerns about declining fertility with women, men also experience anxiety caused by a ticking biological clock, with children born to men older than 45 having a higher risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Once sperm count starts to drop it’s a steady decline, says Dr Laura Dodge, an assistant professor of reproductive biology.

When big business makes progressive gestures, it can often come across as a PR stunt: a way to align their brand – and bottom line – with evolving popular sentiment, whether on social issues or climate activism. These gestures can be worse than useless, says Prof Carl Rhodes, from Sydney’s University of Technology : “They represent a very real and dangerous side of contemporary capitalism … [it] has become a substitute for action.”

Twenty years on from the first Harry Potter movie, Peter Bradshaw reflects on the “nostalgic spectacular” and how the world has changed since the franchise hit screens in 2001. “We see Harry Potter coming to terms with his messianic purpose: he is released from his Dickensian incarceration in the Dursley household and sent for his first term at Hogwarts,” the Guardian’s film critic writes. “‘Wingardium Leviosa,’ says the earnest, wide-eyed Hermione … and the story is airborne again.”

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