Ocasio-Cortez advises climate activists to push


  • U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center, arrives at the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, center, and other US politicians present for a group photo after arriving at the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • An activist attends a protest inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • Bruce Kendall Goldtooth, environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, speaks as he attends a protest inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • Bruce Kendall Goldtooth, environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, gestures as he speaks during a protest inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • This image provided by the European Space Agency and captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission shows one of the many forest fires in the Sakha Republic in Siberia, on Sunday, July 25, 2021. The image has been processed using the mission’s shortwave-infrared band to clarify the active fires. Wildfires that burn millions of hectares of forest are becoming increasingly frequent in Russia, partly due to climate change. (European Space Agency via AP)
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  • An electric car gets charged at a supermarket carpark in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Australia’s chief minister on Tuesday announced plans to encourage people to buy electric vehicles weeks after his government was accused at a U.N. conference in Scotland of being a laggard in fighting climate change.
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  • Climate activist Vanessa Nakate smiles as she poses for a photo during the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow gathers leaders from around the world, in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • Crowds gather as former U.S. President Barack Obama leaves an event at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow during the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow is entering it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
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  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, front fifth right, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fifth left, and other US politicians present for a group photo after arriving at the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow has entered it’s second week as leaders from around the world, are gathering in Scotland’s biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the shared challenge of global warming.
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  • GLASGOW, Scotland — The Latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow:

    GLASGOW, Scotland – U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brought her climate-celebrity star strength to the U.N. climate talks, saying she hopes to see the United States reestablish itself as a world leader in the fight against global warming.

    Asked if she had a message to young activists who have pressed governments to cut climate-damaging fossil fuel pollution, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters inside the conference site: ‘Well, I would say, ‘Stay in the streets. Keep pushing.”

    Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat elected to Congress in 2018 on a platform of greatly ramping up U.S. efforts to cut emissions and otherwise deal with Earth’s warming, was accompanying a delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    Members had their first morning at the Glasgow, Scotland talks on Tuesday.

    ‘One of the things we want to unprotected to is ensuring that the United States really reestablishes itself as a leader, and drives down our emissions,’ Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. ‘And to encourage our partners to do the same.’

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    LONDON – Britain is investing some 210 million pounds ($285 million) in small nuclear reactor research as the government seeks alternatives to fossil fuels amid fears over rising gas prices.


            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    The investment, which will be equaled with some 250 million pounds($340 million) from the private sector, comes amid hope the small modular reactors could be in use by the 2030s. Such reactors would have the possible to be less expensive and more easily moved, supporters say.

    The recipient of the government funds, Rolls-Royce SMR, estimates that each small modular reactor it hopes to build could be capable of powering 1 million homes.

    ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the U.K. to deploy more low-carbon energy than ever before and ensure greater energy independence,” Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said.

    Interest in atomic strength has grown along with concerns that the world is reducing greenhouse gas emissions too slowly. But environmentalists have long eschewed nuclear strength, citing the lingering issue of what to do with nuclear waste.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

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    BERLIN – Environmental group Greenpeace says it filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen alleging that the automaker has failed to do its part to fulfill the goal of limiting global warming.

    Greenpeace said it filed the suit Tuesday at the regional court in Braunschweig, Germany. It said it acted after Volkswagen late last month rejected its need for a legal commitment to phase out vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2030.

    The group said the plaintiffs are ‘asserting civil liability claims for the protection of their personal liberties, health and character rights.” The claims take a cue from a May ruling in which a Dutch court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by net 45% by 2030 compared to the 2019 level.

    Greenpeace said that by suing Volkswagen, it is enforcing an April ruling by Germany’s top court that said the government must set clear goals for reducing emissions after 2030. The court said the legislation at the time risked placing too much of a burden for curbing climate change on younger generations.

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    LONDON – Environmental groups are pressing the British government not to approve drilling in an undersea oilfield north of Scotland, saying it threatens marine species and will add to global warming.

    Siccar Point Energy, in which oil company Shell has a stake, wants to extract oil from the Cambo field, west of the Shetland Islands.

    A collection of 16 marine protection and climate groups, including Greenpeace U.K., WWF U.K., the Marine Conservation Society and Friends of the Earth, are urging the British government to refuse the application.

    The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide says pipelines to export oil from the area could threaten hundreds of species, including scarce thorough-sea sponges, known and ocean quahogs, a kind of clam, in a part of the ocean designated a Marine Protected Area.

    Plans for new oil extraction and a hypothesizedv new coal mine in northern England are overshadowing U.K. government efforts to persuade other countries to take stronger action to cut carbon emissions at the current United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.

    The British government says U.K. oil and gas regulators will make the decision, after an environmental impact assessment and a public consultation.

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