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Greta Thunberg accuses: Davos “completely” ignored climate demands

“We were expecting it,” the Swedish activist lamented as she summed up the World Economic Forum.

For once, Greta Thunberg was not soft on world leaders. She said climate demands have simply been “completely ignored”. This is the clear assessment of the Davos Forum that the activist drew up on Friday 24 January. During the summit in Switzerland, the young Swede was particularly targeted by the US administration.

“We had some demands [when we arrived]. Of course, they were completely ignored. But we expected it,” the young Swede told the press, calling for an immediate end to the financing of fossil fuels.

Greta Thunberg, invited for the second consecutive year to the annual gathering of the political and economic elite, concluded her week by organizing her “climate strike” at the foot of the slopes. A demonstration that she launched, initially on her own, in Sweden every Friday before becoming the figurehead of a global youth mobilization.

Yet the World Economic Forum in Davos, meeting from Tuesday to Friday, was clearly dominated by climate concerns. Along the Promenade, the main street of Davos, which for a few days was transformed into a giant showcase for businesses and governments, slogans and posters of this or that multinational company in favour of a “green” or “sustainable” economy were omnipresent.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, for example, said that humanity was “lost” if efforts to reduce CO2 emissions were not stepped up.

Billions of trees

Announcements have been made, but they have not gone as far as climate activists are calling for.

Another figure of the climate mobilization present in Davos, the German Luisa Neubauer, who has just refused the seat offered by a subsidiary of the industrial giant Siemens on the supervisory board of its energy branch, hammered home the fact that fine speeches were not enough. “We never went on strike to change the rhetoric,” she said, but for “concrete climate action”.

The Forum’s organisers have launched a campaign to plant or save “1 trillion trees”, which capture CO2 but do not change the volume of emissions.

The American financial giant BlackRock had made its mark even before Davos by promising to liquidate the shares and bonds it holds in companies generating more than 25% of their income from thermal coal production.

U.S. government targeting

Contrasting with the general tone, the large American delegation, led by Donald Trump, openly contested the very existence of a climate emergency, targeting the young Swede as a target. The American president thus castigated the “prophets of doom and the predictions of climatic apocalypse” on Tuesday, in a speech attended by the activist.

Visibly unimpressed, Greta Thunberg, for her part, repeated her virulent warnings to the political and economic elite, hammering that it was time to “panic” because “the house is burning”, as she had already done last year in Davos. On Friday, she also retracted statements made against her by an American minister, assuring that they had “no effect” on her.

“This obviously has no effect. We are constantly criticised in this way. If we were careful, we would not be able to do what we are doing. We put ourselves in the spotlight. »
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin advised GretaThunberg on Thursday to “study economics and go to university”. “Who is she? A chief economist? “, the minister ironically asked.

The young Swede, who took a year off from school to focus on climate action, tweeted that “you don’t need a university degree” to determine that efforts to reduce CO2 emissions were insufficient, with graphics to back it up.

On Friday, Steven Mnuchin also said that “we should be talking about environmental issues, not climate change” and said that in his view it was “one of many problems”.

tropical storm in indian ocean

Orange Alert: Tropical Storm Diane closest to Reunion Island

The tropical storm, named Diane at 6:30 pm, was located at 4 pm 110 miles from the coast north-northwest of Reunion Island. The system is expected to bring heavy rain in the evening, especially in the south. The orange alert is still in effect.

The orange alert triggered by the Prefecture is still in force. The heavy rainfall vigilance bulletin was encountered at 6pm for the South and South-East areas of the island. The heavy swell vigilance bulletin is in progress until 11pm. It is valid for the areas from Pointe des Aigrettes to Champ-Borne via the Route du Littoral.

According to the latest forecast bulletin from Météo France Réunion, there will be heavy rainfall next night in the western and southern regions. They will only diminish on Saturday morning. As the soils are saturated with water, flooding and runoff may occur.

The weather will remain gloomy over the northern and eastern regions of Reunion Island with cloudy skies. Showers will become scarce during the night on this part of the island.

The south wind is blowing with gusts of 90 km/h over the western region and on the eastern flank of the volcano. They can exceed 100km/h on the southern and western heights.

The swell impacts the North coasts with an average height of 2.5m to 3m. It gets lighter during the night. The sea will then become very strong on the West and South coasts of the island.

What about the weather tomorrow?

Moderate to locally heavy rainfall is expected in the south of the department this Saturday, from Piton St Leu to St Philippe via St Pierre. In the North, West and East regions, showers are rare.

In the afternoon, the rains will continue, especially in the southern heights. Everywhere else, clearings appear.

The wind will always be strong, with gusts in the order of 90km/h on the West and towards Piton Ste Rose, up to 65 mph at Piton Maïdo.
The sea will be very strong from Boucan Canot to St Philippe via St Leu.

jeff bezos in india

When Jeff Bezos Demonstrates Amazon’s Electric Delivery Cyclo-Pushers

In India, in 2025, Amazon will deliver its parcels via a fleet of 10,000 electric vehicles.

After a visibly conclusive test phase initiated in 2019, Amazon has confirmed its intention to set up a fleet of 10,000 electric vehicles in India by 2025. Three- and four-wheeled vehicles will be used for deliveries.

Electric pedicabs for Amazon India

The deployment of these small vehicles will begin this year and will initially involve the cities of Delhi, Nagpur, Bangalore and Coimbatore. Obviously, all the vehicles will be made in India and it was Jeff Bezos himself who wanted to give a small demonstration.

From Amazon’s side, he explains: “In September 2019, Amazon became the first signatory to the climate pledge, which states that the company is committed to zero carbon emissions in all its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the 2050 target set by the Paris Accord.