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Nations will “phase down” coal

A COAL-FIRED energy plant in India (Wikipedia).

An agreement on battling climate change was reached on Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, a deal which has been described both as “historic” and “disappointing.”

According to The New York Times, diplomats from almost 200 nations reached  a compromise by replacing the requirement to “phase out” the burning of coal with “phase down.”

The use of coal for fuel and heating is considered by scientists to be a major factor – along with the burning of oil – in the creation of “greenhouse gases” that contribute to higher worldwide temperatures and extreme weather.

The United Nations wanted a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and $100 billion to help poor nations adjust to the change.
“We did not achieve these goals at this conference,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “But we have some building blocks for progress.”

A manufactured migrant crisis?

BELAUS Coat of Arms.

The border between Belarus and Poland in Eastern Europe is turning into the flashpoint of a humanitarian crisis as migrants from the Middle East travel to try to enter the nations of the European Union.

According to United Press International, Belarus – once part of the Soviet Union – is encouraging migrants to try to cross into Poland and other EU countries by increasing air travel and funneling them to those borders.

Security forces have been accused of providing wire cutters and axes to pierce border fences, according to The New York Times. Belarus’ actions are attributed to retaliation for sanctions against that nation’s authoritarian ruler, Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Sports:  Good news for one, bad for another

ROBERT WOODS (Rams photo).

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return to play after being removed from the COVID-19 list. He will start against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after missing last week’s loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN.

Robert Woods, one of the top receivers for the Los Angeles Rams, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL during practice on Friday. The Rams will play the San Francisco Giants on Monday and will field a new wide receiver, former Pro Bowler Odell Beckham, Jr.

Weather: Temps slipping down, down …

It’s taking a while, but cool weather is coming … honest! Sunday’s high for the West Orange County area should top out at 86, (with an overnight low of 55) under sunny skies. Monday should see a steep drop to 79 (55) and Tuesday should have a high of 69 (55) as clouds begin to move in. For coastal Huntington Beach, Sunday’s high is forecast for 79 (57), dropping to 71 on Monday and 66 on Tuesday.


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