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3 WAYS TO avoid the disastrous effects of climate change

The Emission Gap Reports of 2020 are out; once again predicting where the emissions will be in 2030 and what should be done to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change.

As expected there was a short-term decline in Carbon dioxide emission, a dip of 7 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However this drop will only lead to a 0.01°C reduction of global warming by 2050.    Even now, the world is heading for a temperature rise beyond 3°C.

What needs to be done for a net zero emission?

For a net zero emission, according to the Paris Agreement goals, we should be limiting the temperature below 2°C. And as far as possible keep the temperature below 1.5°C.

Why the rate of global warming is not dipping?

This is because of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), The government pledges under the Paris Agreement, NDCs are not enough.

Where does India stand in GHG Emission?

India is the world’s fourth largest economy and fifth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, accounting for about 5% of global emissions. India’s emissions increased 65% between 1990 and 2005 and were projected to grow another 70% by 2020.

What are the levels of emission and their corresponding temperature?  

In the Current policies scenario emissions are at 59 GtCO2e and at this rate the temperature will reach 3.5°C in 2050.

What happens with  Conditional NDC scenario? 

 With  Conditional NDC emissions need to fall to 53GtCO2e 3°C.   

2.0°C range

Green pandemic recovery is within the range. Emissions need to fall to 41 GtCO2e.

A green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions. World is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century.

1.5°C range

Emissions need to fall to 25 GtCO2e’

How to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C goal?

  • By combining a green pandemic recovery.
  • New net-zero pledges that reflects in countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • And backed with rapid action.

What can we do to reduce GHG and tackle effects of climate change?      

Household consumption accounts for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas. Steps must be take to encourage reductions from households with high consumption emissions; and at the same time avoiding burdens on the poor.

Essential changes are in  required in following areas:       

  • Passenger aviation
  • Reductions in car use
  • Domestic energy use
  • Diet change

56% of Lifestyle Emissions consist of:

  • Mobility : 17%
  • Residential energy : 19%
  • Food : 20%      

Consumption emissions vary in different countries:

  • United States of America: 17.6 tons CO2e per capita.
  • European Union and the United Kingdom: together approximately 7.9 tons per capita.
  • India:1.7 tons per capita.

There is a correlation between income and emissions:

  • Top 10% of income earners are around 36–49% of the global total emissions.
  • Lowest 50% of income earners account for around 7–15% of all emissions.

Carbon mitigation in mobility

Mobility has significant mitigation potential to reduce emissions.

  • Reduction, at around 1.9 tCO2e per avoided long-haul return flight.
  • Active travel such as cycling and walking can reduce emissions.
  • Greater use of public transport.
  • Greater vehicle efficiency.
  • Adoption of BEVs.

The strong link between income and mobility emissions

  • Global top 10% of income earners use around 45% of all energy for land transport and around 75% of all energy for aviation.
  • Compared with 10% and 5% respectively for the poorest 50% of households. 

(Mobility Lifestyle Decisions)

  • Airport expansion plans in the UK legally rejected in their current form on climate grounds.
  • Domestic Austrian flights replaced with intercity rail between Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Incentives for bicycle purchase and repair – tax cuts for cycling in the EU and UK.

Carbon mitigation in residential sector

There is Ample mitigation potential in residential sector to reduce emissions:

  • Low-carbon heating and renewable energy should be used by households.
  • There should be energy-efficient construction and renovations.
  • Emissions should be reduced through smaller living spaces.
  • There should be adjustments to room temperature.

(Residential Lifestyle Change)

  • Retrofitting public housing after economic downturn Improved residential energy efficiency in USA.
  • Energy-efficiency standards for energy-intensive products in Japan.
  • Smart meters reduced gas consumption by 22.0 per cent overall and by 27.2 per cent in high consumers in the UK.

Carbon mitigation in food sector

  • Full or partial vegetarianism has the potential to reduce emissions from food consumption by around 31 per cent.
  • Pescatarian diet leading to an approximately 27 per cent reduction.
  • Reducing beef and lamb, and encouraging healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, can reduce food-related emissions by nearly 10 per cent globally.

(Diet Lifestyle Change)

  • France implemented national policies against food waste in supermarkets.
  • Food-growing households in Czech Republic reduce household emissions. 
  • Italy implemented a law to reduce food waste and encourage donation of leftover food to charity.

The focus of the global economy on paid employment – and the devaluation of unpaid care work that sustains it – is an overlooked barrier to low-carbon lifestyles.

The richer, the higher the emissions

  • Higher income tends to be correlated with higher emissions.
  • The richest 1% of the global population account for more emissions …… than the poorest 50%.

So how much time is left to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change?

It’s not too late to act

Emphasize emissions reduction from mobility, residential energy use and food, as these constitute key sectors through which lifestyle change can enable climate mitigation, comprising approximately 17 per cent, 19 per cent and 20 per cent of Lifestyle Emissions respectively.

Encourage Low-Carbon Lifestyles for mobility, residential energy use and food.

How to save for posterity?

In the 21st century, when predominantly nuclear family prevails, there is a rising tendency among parents asking why to save for posterity. We earn and we burn, why save for the posterity?

Rise of Nuclear families

Yes, you are right; we were born in nuclear families, with just enough to eat, wear and enjoy a little bit. Also, our parents managed to give us a good education.

And on that firm footing, we built a career and became financially secure. We bought one or two houses, one or two cars, saved for the children’s higher education and have a decent bank balance.

Does that mean that we secured our children’s future and we did enough for the posterity? No, we haven’t?

Being in the ’40s and my parents in their 70’s, what my parents did to secure my future was right. But I being in the ’40s and my children in their teens, I need to think of a few more criteria to secure the future of my posterity.

Carbon footprints and food miles

I have to think in terms of Carbon footprints and food miles; also about Sustainable clothing and Sustainable farming. To secure my children’s future I need to give them not just a decent education, but also handover a liveable planet to them.

Large families and joint families of yesteryears

My parents grew up in large families with many siblings. They were well to do families with land holdings. They had enough to fill eat but not to splurge. Things were like the first come first basis. The fittest could survive. The smartest and the strongest get the lion share. It was the duty of the mother to ensure that every member of the family got their proper share of food and clothing.

The first generation nuclear families

However, when my parents began a family, a nuclear one, they wanted to give the kids every happiness in life. They gave the kids the best food and clothing. As they were conditioned in childhood to share with others and eat home-cooked food, they never took any interest in the processed food available in the market. But they bought readymade chocolates, cookies and chips for their kids. And thus we were conditioned on plentiful.

Pampered kids of today

Being conditioned in the plentiful, we made our kids self-sufficient. Giving them their own unique choice of food, clothes and gadgets. At least we had common bathrooms, common phone and television. Now there is hardly any common factor among the parents and children. 

Kids Environment Activist

Kids like Greta Thunberg understood the danger of plentiful parents and self-sufficient kids. They urged their parents to own just one house, to reduce the carbon footprints, which is the measure of the greenhouse gases generated during production.

Greta also refuses to travel by air, to reduce the carbon footprints.

We must think like our grandparents and live like our parents.

We need to live our life from the scratch.

Because transporting food items from far away generates footprints, we must become self-reliant thereby reducing food miles. We must try to be self-reliant by growing vegeables in whichever way possible- terrace garden, kitchen garden and indoor plantation.

Gold treasure discovered hidden by ancestors

Several stories that appeared online give an insight into how we survive because of our forefathers saved for us. And why we must save for the posterity.

Roman age gold coins were discovered from the Como, city in Italy, which is worth millions of Euros. Possibly a wealthy person buried the coins in the beginning of 2000 AD fearing some invasion. Now the coin has become the wealth of a nation.

Air and water measurable

Who though that one day the amount of water used to wash the grapes for wines will be counted. And who thought the water used for manufacturing and washing jean will be considered as huge water consumption. Until now we thought air and water were free to be used by every living being.

We have an even bigger responsibility for the posterity. We need to save the environment for posterity. We need to be on an austerity drive. Instead of being on use and throw culture, we need to adopt use and reuse culture. A gist of how we can save for the posterity is being taught by the pandemic because we have learned to live a minimalistic life. We must continue our austere habits even after the pandemic and save for the posterity so that they can enjoy, breath and live freely on earth like we did in our childhood.

man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss, lifestyle today news, Nov 23…

Man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss; Melting ice sheets of Greenland; Mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago; Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

A man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss

A 33-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh watched Bigg Boss, as doctors performed critical brain surgery. The surgery was performed to remove a recurrent glioma in the left premotor area. Prasad was required to stay awake during the surgery.  It is not clear from the reports about the number of hours taken for the surgery, however, he watched Bigg Boss Season 14 and the super hit Sci-Fi Hollywood movie Avatar as three doctors performed the surgery.  He had undergone a surgery in 2014 also but did not recover completely. He was discharged from the hospital in Guntur on Saturday.

Melting ice sheets of Greenland

The largest island on earth, Greenland, is the benchmark to decide the intensity of climate change. Various researches are being done to evaluate how far global warming results in the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland. In one such study researchers climbed down the moulins that drain meltwater coming from the ice sheet. The researcher found that the moulins are larger than previously thought. And they say that the volume of meltwater in the Moulin will affect the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and also how fast they move towards the sea.

A mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago

Once upon a time, 4 billion years ago, there was a megaflood on Mars, so says the scientists. Before the flood Mars could sustain life. The analysis is done from sedimentological data from the NASA Curiosity rover. There are geological feature that was formed by water and wind, and frozen four billion years ago. The ‘Anitdunes’ and ‘Megaripple’ features on the Gale crater are an indication that a megaflood occurred on the red planet.

Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

Jaan Kumar Sanu was the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss Season 14. Son of Kumar Sanu, he was the fresh face entrant to the reality show. He entertained the audience through Bigg Boss with his singing and other skills. He has been voted out on a thin margin from the nearest contestants.

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Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change lifestyle today news snippets nov 17

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change; Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief; Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal; Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined; Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

JEFF BEZOS ANNOUNCES FIRST RECEPIENTS OF $10 BILLION FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced the first recipients of the $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change. The recipients include 16 scientists, NGOs and others who are “working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions.” In his Instagram post, Bezos says that he has been learning for several months, “from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.” The $791 million funds announced today is the first part of the $10 billion set aside by the world richest man to “protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

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Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief

The vaccine alone is not enough to overcome the virus say the WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. The number of cases are increasing at an alarming rate since the pandemic first broke out. The latest figure registered in WHO on Friday was 645,410. Tedros says along with the vaccine, tests, surveillance, isolations and care are to continue. “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.” He said.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal

Well-known environmentalist, writer and activist Sunita Narain is the recipient of Edinburgh Medal for her work on climate justice. The ceremony will be held virtually on November 18th, this Wednesday. Sunita Narain is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down to Earth Magazine. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. She is active both in India and internationally in formulating policies related to environmental issues.  

Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was in the Intensive Care Unit ealier this year due to Covid-19. Once again in two-week self-isolation as one of his contacts was confirmed to be covid positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.” he tweeted.

Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh set a sustainable fashion trend of sought when he recycled an old saree of his mother to Diwali outfits. He posted a video on Twitter where his mother is seen waving a blue turquoise sari followed by Ritesh and sons Riaan and Rahyl wearing Kurti made from the sari. Many applauded the actor for the initiative on Twitter. We need to wait and see if the actor will repeat the outfit in future events as part of sustainable living.

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Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line, lifestyle today news snippets, nov 14th

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line; WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India; A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight; No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study; Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line

We heard Prince Charles talk strongly about climate change, now he launched a sustainable clothing collection. In partnership with Modern Artisian the Capsule collection has the designs done in Italy, the crafting at Dumfries house, a 2000 acre estate in Scotland which is part of the Prince’s foundation. 18 pieces are there in the sustainable collection made with single-fibre fabric and end of the line fibre. The collection consisting of men’s and women’s wear includes silk blouses, cashmere jumpsuits among others with a price range from $475 to $1,550.  

WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

World Health Organisation will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO announced on Friday during a video conferencing on Ayurveda Day. “It is a matter of pride for all Indians that the WHO has chosen India for establishing its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Now work will be done in this direction from India,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight

Cotton masks are quite common, especially homemade masks that match the attire. As such a cotton mask serves the purpose of filtering nanoscale aerosol particles. However, when the mask is removed, there is every chance that viruses and bacteria lingering on the mask can infect another person. Hence researchers at  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,  Gang Sun, Peixin Tang, Nitin Nitin and their team developed mask with “a new cotton fabric that would release reactive oxygen species (ROS) when exposed to daylight, killing microbes attached to the fabric’s surfaces”, in addition to the mask being safe to use, reusable and washable. The fabric used for the mask is made of rose Bengal dye killed 99.9999% of bacteria. The researcher’s claim that the mask can be hand washed ten times and exposed to the daylight for seven days without losing antimicrobial activity.

No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study

According to a new study, earth will grow warmer even if the zero-emission is implemented to perfection. The research conducted at the BI Norwegian Business School used the ESCIMO climate model that showed the permafrost will continue to melt for centuries even if the greenhouse gas emission is completely stopped. “If we want to stop this melting process we must do something besides – for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”, says the researchers. However, some scientist disagreed with the studies by saying that the model used was not very complex and it did not accurately reproduce atmospheric and ocean circulation systems.

Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Dance Guru, Prabhu Deva is rumoured to be in a relationship with his niece who is 9 years younger to him. The 47-year-old actor and choreographer was previously married to Ramlata with whom he had 3 children. Elder child died of Cancer. Later he was in a relationship with Nayantara but parted ways. If speculations are to be believed he is to marry his niece. On his work front, he is directing a film ‘Radhe’ with Salman Khan and Disha Patani. 

HAPPY DIWALI

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River turns red in russia, lifestyle today news, snippets, nov 10

River turns red in Russia, Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine makes everyone happy; Pope stress for AI and Robotis with no in equality, Rajiv Nigams son dies…

River turns red in Russia

River turns red and that reminds of the Biblical incident. However nowadays there are several incidents when the river changes colour. Such incidents are being reported in Russia from April, the latest reports are of Iskitimka River, one of the several rivers in Russia experiencing colour change that the residents describe as ‘beetroot red’ discolouration. The mysterious change of colour of the river left the residents baffled and they say that the ducks are on the shores, not wading in the river. Images of the river are doing rounds on social media. Officials say that the possible cause of the unnatural colour in the river, in the southern part of the country, could be of chemical from blocked drainage. 

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine breakthrough, makes everyone happy

The preliminary tests of the Pfizer and BionTech Covid-19 vaccine show promising results that have got encouraging response from the political and business quarters. The vaccine developed by Pfizer shows 90% successful protection against Coronavirus. Pfizer had 43,358 trial volunteers of which half were tested with the vaccine, while the other group administered with a placebo. 94 of them fell ill, which Pfizer says were the non-vaccinated volunteers. According to reports, the vaccine will be available by Christmas. The market saw a positive rise after the result, especially the aviation industry that was affected drastically by the pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus, welcomes the vaccine. Some experts say that the vaccine should be viewed with caution. The vaccine opened the way to protection against Covid-19, however, if the vaccine is full-proof protection against the virus will be known only in the long run. 

Pope France stress for AI and robotics that does not increase inequality

In his November Prayer intention, Pope Francis stressed: “Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”. As Artificial Intelligence is touching every aspect of human life Pope says that the change is ‘epochal’. He said that the robotic can make a better world – if it is joined to the common good, it should not increase inequalities and the future advance should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and creation.

Comedian Rajiv Nigams son dies on his birthday

In a heartbreaking incident, the son of Comedian Rajiv Nigma’s son passed away on the actor’s birthday on November 8th. He shared a picture with his son on Facebook with the caption, “What a surprise birthday gift… mera beta devraj Aaj mujhe chod ke chala gaya.. bina birthday cake kaate… pagle aisa gift koi deta hai….”. According to reports, two years ago, he mentioned about his son being on the ventilator for an undisclosed ailment. Sadly, he lost his father in August this year.

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AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football lifestyle today news snippets NOV 7

AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football; Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic; UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic;….

AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football

In a case of mistaken identity, an artificial Intelligence camera kept focusing on the bald head of a referee instead of the football. The freak incident happened in Scotland, where Artificial Intelligence camera was incorporated to live telecast the match. However, the whole excitement of viewing a football match was ruined when the camera focussed on the bald head of the referee. Sometimes the football was entirely out of the camera frame prompting the commentator to apologize many times. The incident once again proves human intelligence is inimitable.  

Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic

Proving the fact that Climate Change is a reality, a time capsule, buried by tourists in the arctic in 2018, travelled at least 25 times faster than expected. The capsule, shaped like a cylindrical tin, contained a letter, beer corks, and pictures placed in ice floe by tourists travelling by ship 50 years of victory. Two surfers, Conor McClory and Sophie Curran found the capsule on the shores of Bloody Foreland. Initially, they thought it was a bomb or an ash urn, but luckily a friend translated the writings in Russian and they opened the tube. One of the letters was traced back to a blogger, Sveta, in Russia. When McClory contacted her she expressed surprise at the time capsule being found so soon, as they were expecting it to be found 30 to 50 years later. The incident shows the urgency required in implementing rapid climate actions. 

UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic

Ahead of the 73rd virtual World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO shared three keys messages. Firstly, “we can beat COVID-19 with science, solutions and solidarity.” The message further reads, “Although this is a global crisis, many countries and cities have successfully prevented or controlled transmission with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach.” Secondly, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder that health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability.” And thirdly, “we must prepare for the next pandemic now. We’ve seen this past year that countries with robust health emergency preparedness infrastructure have been able to act quickly to contain and control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

Johnny Depp resigns from ‘Fantastic Beast’

According to an Instagram post by Johnny Depp, he resigned from the role of Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at the request of Waren Brothers. The 57-year-old actor’s reason for the decision was as a consequence of him losing a lawsuit against a British Tabloid which called him ‘Wife Beater’. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor wrote on Instagram “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time”.

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toilet device for Astronauts invented by a 9-year-old lifestyle today news snippets nov 6

9-year-old invents toilet device for Astronauts; Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter; US and UK, biggest plastic waste producers; Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party…..

A toilet device for the Astronauts invented by a 9-year-old

How to answer the call of nature without removing the spacesuit is a challenge, so a nine year old invented a toilet device for the astronauts.  The Malaysian prodigy, Zyson Kang Zy Shun was participating in the Lunar Loo Challenge (Junior Category) by NASA where the youngster where asked to provide ideas for compact toilet for the astronauts during their Moon mission, Artemis in 2024. The device, devised by Kang fits comfortably inside the suit. With the help of a vacuum astronauts can relieve inside the suit. The device received approval from NASA.  Invention is not only useful for the astronauts but also for Medical profession to relieve while taking care of patients.

Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter

The Coorg police could locate the litterers based on the age-old belief that a culprit will always leave behind a clue. Two young tourists travelling by car ate pizza and threw the box on the roadside while returning from Coorg. The police who earlier in the week helped the locals to clean and beautify the area found the purchase bill inside the pizza box with the number of one of the tourists. After relenting at first, they agreed to return to the area of litter and deposit the garbage where it belongs.

US and UK : biggest plastic waste producers

According to a Guarding report, a latest researchh says that the largest amount of plastic waste is produced by UK and US citizens. The Asian countries were considered the largest contributors to plastic waste pollution, and the US was placed at the 20th position. However, when the unaccounted waste in the country and plastic waste created by exports to other countries were counted, the tallies changes and they ship half of the recyclable plastics to other countries. “The US is 4% of the world’s population, yet it produces 17% of its plastic waste,” said Nick Mallos one of the study authors. 

Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party

Actor Vijay distanced himself from the political party formed by his father SA Chandrashekhar. One of the fans clubs of Vijay Makkallayakkam was registered as a political party by his father. However, as per the report, Vijay denied reports of his entry into politics and said: “I inform my fans and the public that there is no relation whatsoever between the political party that my father has started and me, directly or indirectly.”

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Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images, lifestyle today news, nov 5.

Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images; Joe Biden guarantees to rejoin Paris Agreement; Watch a Humpback topple a Kayake; Jupiter and Saturn coming closest to each other

Google ‘Next American President’ and these are the images

Gretchen Andrew an artist and an ex-Google employee put SEO good use and now when you Google ‘Next American President’, you see her artworks. The Los Angeles based artist cleverly utilized the SEO optimization techniques to showcase her next artwork series named “the next American President”. Andrew began her career at Google before becoming an artist, hence her art and technology background helped her pull out certain SEO tricks to drive traffic to her artwork. She created pages on websites like Quora, Twitter, Everbrite and Yelp with images that had addresses that show images of her artwork.

Joe Biden guarantees to rejoin Paris Agreement

When President Donald Trump did what he promised, which was to exit the Paris agreement, Joe Biden vows that he will rejoin the Paris Climate deal in exactly 77 days. Trump, a Climate Change denier declared in 2017, July, to exit the deal. The exit took so long because of the intricate rules put together in the Paris Agreement to handle a situation in case a US President decided to withdraw from the pact. In November 2016, the agreement came into effect and 189 countries joined the deal. The agreement intends to maintain the global temperature rise below 2C.

Watch a Humpback topple a Kayake

Two Kayakers experienced a scary experience when a Humpback Whale capsized their Kayak. Humpback Whales are common near to the shores of the Avila beach in California. Liz Cottriel and Julie McSorley were Kayaking on what was otherwise a peaceful morning with pools of fish including whales in the water. Suddenly the whale toppled the kayak and both the women submerged in the water and re-emerged after a while, unhurt. They paddled back to the shore in the Kayak that was almost in the mouth of the whale. Although McSorely lost her car keys in the incident, they certainly have a story to share of the Whale of a time experience in the sea.

After almost 400 years, Jupiter and Saturn coming closest to each other

Jupiter and Saturn will be coming close to each other, known as ‘the great conjecture’. They will be closer to one another than they were in 1623 which will occur on December 21 st. Even before December both planets will be seen close to each other, however, the great conjecture will happen on December 21st. And the next conjunction will happen only in 2080.

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Burger King ask customers to order from KFC, lifestyle today news snippet, nov 4

Burger King ask customers to order from KFC; Keralite in New Zealand Cabinet; UAE Prime Minister gets Covid-19 vaccine shot; Actor Faraaz Khan dies…

Burger King shows noble gesture: ask customers to order from KFC

The unprecedented pandemic reflected the true value of not just individuals but also of popular brands. Recently Burger King expressed camaraderie for the fellow fast-food giants and small firms by a tweet that went viral. In the tweet, Burger King urges its customers to order from KFC, Subway, Domino’s Pizza, …….or any other independent food outlets. Further, they say that they never thought they would be asking customers to do this, however, this is to help “restaurants employing thousands of staff”….who… “really need you to support at the moment”. 

A Keralite in the New Zealand Cabinet

Priyanca Radhakrishnan of Indian Origin, and with roots in Kerala, has been inducted as Minister by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden of New Zealand. Born as the daughter of Raman Radhakrishnan and Usha from Paravoor in Kerala, her great grandfather was active in left politics in Kerala. Most of her relatives are in Chennai, where she was born. Priyanca grew up in Singapore and went to New Zealand for higher studies. She is MP for the second term. She has been working for the women survivors of domestic violence; and for migrant workers who are exploited.

UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum gets Coronavirus vaccine shot

The Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, and the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, tweeted that he received a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. He tweeted a picture of him being administered the vaccine by a medical worker wearing complete PPE kit. He wrote “…..We wish everyone safety and great health, and we are proud of our teams who have worked relentlessly to make the vaccine available in the UAE. The future will always be better in the UAE.” The vaccine, in the third and final stage of the clinical trial, is being developed by a Chinese company and is being given to other top officials of UAE.

Actor Faraaz Khan dies at 46

Faraaz Khan died today at a hospital in Bengaluru due to a Neurological disorder. Son of the yesteryear actor Yusuf Khan, Faraaz Khan acted in movies like Mehendi and Fareb. According to reports, he was suffering from cough and infection for the past one year and hospitalised since October 8th. His brother Farmaan Khan and Pooja Bhatt requested to raise fund to meet the hospital expense. Later Pooja Bhatt tweeted that Salman Khan has paid all the expense. Farmaan has rushed to Bengaluru for the last rites. 

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