India’s growth in emissions could tip the world over the threshold to dangerous climate change, experts have said. The alert comes as the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, prepares to visit the UK on Thursday for talks on issues including the environment. India is due to ask the UK and other rich nations to share breakthroughs in renewable energy and other “clean” technology, and for help financing a huge expansion in efficiency and solar and wind power. It is unclear whether British officials will pressure Modi to consider a tougher emissions target. Before the UN climate summit in Paris in December, India has pledged to increase carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions more slowly than the economy grows. The latest analysis of India’s plan calculates that if it expands as it hopes – by more than 8.5% a year – emissions will reach 9bn megatonnes by the end of the next decade. This is about one-fifth of the total annual emissions that scientists … [Read more...] about India could push world into climate change danger zone, warn scientists
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A Chinese state-run newspaper today accused the U.S. of being a threat to the world amid an intensifying trade war between Washington and Beijing and as Donald Trump arrived in Britain on a state visit. The propaganda by Communist Party's mouthpiece People's Daily said the Trump administration tried to reply on hegemony to 'Make America Great Again'. '[It] was not only a serious misjudgement, but also a serious threat to the peaceful development of the world,' wrote the piece published hours before Trump's Air Force One touched down in London. U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in London today on a three-day state visit to the UK. A state-run newspaper in China blasted the U.S. trade policies as 'stupid' and 'twisted', and accused Washington of being a threat to the world hours earlier The Chinese propaganda was published after Beijing yesterday released a white paper to clarify its standpoint on trade war. The report said … [Read more...] about ‘America is a serious threat to the world!’ Chinese state newspaper says the US is using its ‘stupid’ trade policies to harm global economy as Trump arrives in Britain for a state visit
JERUSALEM—Last year Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi told a gathering of Middle Eastern leaders in Bahrain that it was time to treat Israel like part of the Middle East. His speech came in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Oman. This year, when Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke after being honored at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, he said that unless the U.S. could help solve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute Israel would not be fully integrated with its neighbors. The two statements frame a debate that is fundamental to Israel’s relations with the the Arab and non-Arab Muslim-majority countries in this region. While several Arab states today either have relations with Israel or see some shared interests with Israel, the powerful non-Arab countries on their periphery, Iran and Turkey, are both deeply opposed to Israel and to Jerusalem’s policies. This is a major change from decades ago. … [Read more...] about Israel’s Bad Bet on ‘Friends’ in the Middle East
An illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than half India’s population, are under 25 years old; no country has more young people. “No matter how poorly placed they find themselves now,” writes the book’s author, Delhi journalist Snigdha Poonam, “they make up the world’s largest ever cohort of like-minded young people, and they see absolutely no reason why the world shouldn’t run by their rules.” The effect, Poonam says, will be to “change our world in ways we can’t yet imagine”. One morning a few months ago it slightly changed mine. The landline next to my desktop rang, and a young-sounding man told me he was calling on behalf of BT Broadband. He gave me his name, an office address in west London, and what he called his ID number. “There seems to be some trouble with your server,” Philip (ID … [Read more...] about India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world
Forbes magazine released its list of the world's 100 most powerful women on Thursday, honoring those in top leadership positions in business, philanthropy, media and politics. According to Forbes Executive Vice President Moira Forbes, "This year's list of World's Most Powerful Women is a collection of innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine traditional power structures." "Their accomplishments are formidable on their own, and even more so given how difficult it can be to establish inroads into industries and job titles long-dominated by men," she added. "These trailblazers are not to be messed with." Newcomers on this year's list include 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was also just named Time's 2019 Person of the Year. She clocks in at No. 100. Actress and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon (new to the list at No. 90) and writer/producer/director Ava DuVernay (No. 79) are recognized for their power in the entertainment … [Read more...] about Forbes just named the world’s 100 most powerful women. Here are the top 5.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - Shares in Saudi Aramco gained on the second day of trading Thursday, propelling the oil and gas company to a more than $2 trillion valuation, where it holds the title of the world’s most valuable listed company. Shares jumped in trading to reach up to 38.60 Saudi riyals, or $10.29 before noon, three hours before trading closes. Aramco has sold a 1.5% share to mostly Saudi investors and local Saudi and Gulf-based funds. With gains made from just two days of trading, Aramco sits comfortably ahead of the world’s largest companies, including Apple, the second largest company in the world valued at $1.19 trillion. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the architect of the effort to list Aramco, touting it as a way to raise capital for the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, which would then develop new cities and lucrative projects across the country that create jobs for young Saudis. He had sought a $2 trillion valuation for Aramco when he first … [Read more...] about Saudi Aramco Reaches $2 Trillion Value in day 2 of Trading