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A new study claims that future climate commitments may be able to limit the rise in global temperatures.

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According to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency, if nations keep their latest emissions targets, global temperatures may be limited to 1.8°C by the end of the century.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established in 2015. They include goals such as “end poverty in all its forms everywhere,” but they fall short of the planet’s current trajectory, according to the OECD agency, which is part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The new study by the IEA includes pledges made at the COP26 United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland this week. Many countries attending the current meeting have committed to eliminating carbon emissions by 2050, and dozens of nations have pledged to reduce methane releases by over a third.

According to a separate organization called Climate Action Tracker, the world is expected to warm by between 2.7 and 3.1 degrees Celsius (4.8 and 5.6 degrees Fahrenheit) under current policies, compared to pre-industrial levels. That’s above the goal of 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) rise agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and regarded as necessary to avoid severe consequences of global warming, according to a report from environmental consulting company E3G published in The Guardian on Monday.”

The International Energy Agency, a global organization that advises industrialized countries on energy policy and provides analysis to developing nations on how to develop their economies while reducing carbon emissions, had predicted that if countries were able to fulfill their climate commitments made up to that point, average global temperatures by the end of the century would rise by 2.1 degrees Celsius (3.8 Fahrenheit) from preindustrial levels.

“But since mid-October, more countries have been raising their goals,” according to the IEA’s study. “India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased the country’s 2030 objectives and committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2070. Several additional major economies have also made plans to achieve net-zero emissions.”

The study also took into account international commitments made by China — which has recently surpassed the United States as the world’s largest polluter — as well as more than 100 countries’ promises to cut methane emissions by 30%.

According to Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, the findings are a “major step forward,” but added that much more is still needed.

It’s critical to meet the climate targets.

The claim was met with significant doubt, however, since in order for this rosy scenario to come true, nations would need to follow through with their promises. Many of the world’s worst polluters have fallen short on their past commitments and fulfilling them will be a Herculean task.

The United States, with its large economy and significant carbon footprint, is one of the world’s worst polluters. The Biden administration’s plans to reduce U.S. production still need approval from a divided Congress, despite the fact that several major nations, such as Australia and Russia , have yet to say how they will go about reducing their emissions.

The IEA prediction came as a surprise to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who called it “very exciting.” It’s good, he said, but it demonstrates how crucial it will be for nations to keep their promises if they are going to be met. “The key is implementation,” he added during a news conference at the United Nations in New York City.

The World Resources Institute, a climate policy think tank that advises governments on sustainable development, suggests that holding temperature increase to 1.8 degrees Celsius is feasible if everything goes as planned. However, it also warned about several of the net-zero carbon emission goals recently adopted.

Meanwhile, Australian researchers have conducted a separate study that has not yet been published, which predicts a warming of 1.9 degrees Celsius if current pledges are maintained.

According to The Associated Press, University of Melbourne climate scientist Malte Meinshausen said that the improved outlook comes almost entirely as a result of new long-term commitments by India and China.

“It’s still a long way to 1.5 degrees,” Meinshausen acknowledged, adding, “We know that some ecosystems will suffer.”

“It’s only scraping below 2 degrees. As a result, there is still much more to be done,” he emphasized.

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As Ukraine’s epidemic rages, desperate officials try to scare citizens into getting vaccines.

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Ukraine’s epidemiological statistics are frightening: epidemic infections, record fatalities, and among the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. Officials saw an opportunity to be scary themselves with an advertising campaign aimed at youth that stated, “You may die if you’re unvaccinated.”

In one advertisement being shown on nearly 30 local television stations, a voice-over intones, “There is a new death record every day.” Various voices speak up among young people about their invincibility as different footage of youngsters partying, exercising, and performing other typical activities appears on the screen. “I’m still too young.”

Those pictures, on the other hand, are spliced together with images of youngsters who are being rushed to intensive care after having been put on oxygen. A casket is shown being lifted in a final shot.

The final message reads, “You can fool yourself, but not covid.”

The ad, and others like it, is a significant escalation in the government’s attempt to gain the upper hand on the epidemic. After months of a slower approach focused on rolling out the immunization drive and providing basic information on the range of vaccines available in Ukraine: AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sinovac, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to speed up vaccinations.

“I urge everyone to turn off their social media and switch on their brains,” Zelensky said in recent remarks to the press. “We must be vaccinated; there is no other option.”

The worst coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine thus far has resulted in one of Europe’s deadliest diseases. Every day, about 20,000 Ukrainians are infected with the virus, which has resulted in over 700 fatalities. The epidemic is already much worse than the previous major outbreak this spring, when daily figures were around 15,000 new infections and 500 deaths.

Ukraine has ranked third in daily fatalities after the United States and Russia, as well as in the top ten in infection counts. Europe is once again a pandemic hot spot, with more than 50 percent greater coronavirus infections in the past month, according to the World Health Organization.

Ukraine, according to the Johns Hopkins University, has an eighth-highest rate of death per 100,000 people among the nations considered “most affected.”

Hospitals in certain states are reporting a scarcity of beds, and medical oxygen supplies have been running out. On October 25, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elevated Ukraine to Level 4, its most severe risk category for nations.

The death toll from the virus is expected to rise in the coming weeks, with officials in Ukraine warning that fatalities could reach 1,000 per day by December.

Between 20 and 25 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, with vaccines being free and readily available. According to authorities, more than 90% of persons infected with Covid-19 are unvaccinated.

Ukraine’s vaccination rates are low for a variety of reasons, including widespread anti-vaccine beliefs and misinformation campaigns that officials maintain are being pushed from inside Russia.

Russian officials deny that they are fomenting instability in Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities, on the other hand, claim that this is only part of a greater Russian effort to undermine Ukrainian sovereignty. Kyiv refers to it as a “hybrid war,” during which Russia’s internationally unrecognized annexation of Crimea in 2014 and backing for an armed, pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine have been incorporated.

Recent statements from Ukrainian officials alleging a Russian connection include the belief that the novel coronavirus is transmitted via 5G digital technology or by Bill Gates, that vaccines would induce genetic mutations, and that Ukraine’s reaction is evidence of its failure.

In March, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed allegations that Russia was spreading pandemic-related disinformation across the world as “absurd” and “groundless,” adding that they were “without basis in reality.”

“Russia has never taken part and does not intend to participate in such campaigns against other vaccines,” he added. (Sputnik V was the chief developer of Russian vaccines.)

Ukraine’s information efforts in the spring and summer concentrated on promoting the fact that coronavirus immunizations, which arrived in Ukraine late, were accessible and where and how they could be obtained.

Covid-19 Vaccination Communication Center director Svitlana Kisilova acknowledged that she and her team were failing to connect with certain audiences. They made the adjustments to their message in September.

“The anti-vaccine messages are more emotional and direct,” said Kisilova, who works with the government to organize public outreach.

“We looked at our research and realized that what we were doing wasn’t working for certain audiences,” she continued. “We’ve become a lot more harsh.”

Ukraines’ resistance to vaccines has a long history. After decades of political corruption and ineptitude, many people are wary of any government order. There is also a movement against more-established vaccines, such as those for measles and polio, that predates the epidemic.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian health officials announced that five pediatric polio infections have been identified in the southwest of the country.

However, the anti-vaccination messages were gaining ground. According to public opinion surveys, the number of people who said they were willing to have vaccine injections decreased by more than 70 percent between June and September.

“There were a lot of reasons for the fall: loss of trust, anxiety about long-term effects,” said Andrii Sukharyna, a political analyst at Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation in Kyiv, which conducted the second poll.

But there were other, more-obscure factors at work, and they were largely related to Russian disinformation.

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A SUV has driven into the Waukesha Holiday Parade, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more.

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On Sunday, Nov. 21, an SUV carrying multiple people caused the Waukesha Holiday Parade to be a bloodbath. The result is a large number of people dead and injured.

More than 20 individuals, including children, were brought to six hospitals throughout the region. The exact number of fatalities owing to family notifications was not given.

“At this time, we will not be releasing information on deaths since we are focused on informing family members,” the Waukesha police chief added.

According to the Milwaukee Archdiocese, one of their Catholic priests, as well as numerous parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children, were among the injured.

The Waukesha police chief stated that a suspect was in custody.

According to an American official, the White House is keeping tabs on the situation. According to an FBI representative, the Milwaukee field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also aware of the situation.

According to the Acting Division Chief of the Public Affairs Division of the ATF, Federal Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have responded to assist Waukesha Police.

The School District of Waukesha has announced that it will be closed for all students in grades 4K-12 on Monday, Nov. 22, as a result of the event. Students who require assistance may visit with counselors at any campus.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., the Waukesha Police Department issued a shelter in place warning that lasted until about 8:08 p.m.

The police chief claimed that there was no danger to the public, and that the shelter in place warning was intended to keep people away from the scene.

The driver of the red SUV was seen in a cell phone video running through the crowd, colliding with pedestrians, and driving erratically throughout the route.

The crowd was ordered to evacuate the area. A CBS 58 viewer uploaded photographs of what appears to be a red SUV parked in front of a house on Maple Avenue.

“This is an unthinkable tragedy that affects us all as we strive to overcome a difficult two years and resume our cherished holiday activities,” Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said in a statement.

“As I was returning home with my wife after taking part in the celebration, I heard police sirens. I was informed that a vehicle had driven through the parade route and injured a number of people. Pray for our community as we await news from the Waukesha Christmas Parade.”

Farrow said officials are still seeking answers to the situation and request everyone’s thoughts and prayers for the community.

“Tonight, I’m praying for Waukesha and all of the children, families, and community members impacted by this senseless act,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Twitter. “I’m grateful for the first responders and citizens who responded swiftly to assist, as well as those who are currently on the scene and communicating with local partners.”

Our hearts go out  to the victims and their families following the tragic incident at the parade in Waukesha.

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TikTok users: Here’s how to participate in the $92 million class action lawsuit.

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People who used the TikTok or Musical.ly apps prior to October 1 might be eligible for payments from a pending $92 million class-action settlement over allegations of data privacy breaches, according to court documents. Personal information, such as phone numbers, biometric data, and addresses were kept.

To protect the privacy of users, TikTok has announced a settlement and apology to address nearly 89 million people who were negatively affected by an issue that involved unauthorized access to their profiles. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

According to papers on tiktokdataprivacysettlement.com, the claim alleges that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, violated federal and state law by collecting and using personal data without “adequate notice and consent” in connection with their use of the Tik Tok – Make Your Day video-sharing application (and/or its predecessor app Musical.ly).”).

According to the site, ByteDance denied the allegations.

If the agreement is approved, those who submit valid claims will be eligible to receive a portion of the $92 million. According to the website, Illinois residents and those who used the app in Illinois may be eligible for a cash settlement up to six times greater than non-Illinois people. This is so because the lawsuit pertains to allegations that occur in that state.

Individuals who are parents can file claims for their minor children. A portion of the sum will be used to pay for attorneys’ fees incurred by the plaintiff. The money will be distributed equally among those who are qualified and filed a claim, after all administrative costs have been paid.

Claims may be submitted online or by mail. The deadline for filing claims by mail is March 1, 2022. Simply enter your TikTok username and a payment option of your choice.

How big will the payment be?

Because the money will be shared among all claimants, don’t get too enthused. According to reports, TikTok has over 100 million users in the United States, thus the payment might be in cents.

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