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Joe Biden’s climate summit: ambitious plans and unfortunate accident with Putin

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eIt wasn’t a diplomatic mistake during the virtual climate summit – just an hour after it started. The word is Emmanuel Macron. The French President only speaks for a few minutes. Suddenly it became possible to hear US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken: “Thank you, Mr. President. I am now handing over the task to the President of the Russian Federation, Your Excellency Vladimir Putin.” Nothing happened. Macron’s voice can be heard, it is a pre-recorded speech.

Meanwhile, Putin appears in the video clip. He is upset about being summoned all of a sudden. Putin is silent, and turns to an employee invisible in the photo. Blinken is also unstable, he turns around. So I announce Putin’s contribution again. Putin clearly lets in for a few seconds before speaking. „We ran into technical difficulties,” Blinken said after Putin’s speech. He immediately broadcast Macron’s speech again, this time in its entirety.

Macron’s word was cut, Putin took precedence – this scene is a bit embarrassing for the world power USA, especially in the current extremely tense situation with Russia. What kind of excitement would have happened if the Donald Trump administration got it wrong? It would have been said that Trump’s closeness to Putin and his contempt for Western allies appeared here again. One could laugh that the United States will not do so easily by returning to harmonious pluralism. On Thursday, however, there was no outrage at CNN.

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The summit had already started with a technical glitch. Vice President Kamala Harris’ speech was heard in full, and Biden’s speech began twice with delay. Later, during the Japanese prime minister’s speech, the director’s instruction was heard that „Germany” was next in line. Chancellor Angela Merkel got the word only after the prime ministers of Canada and Bangladesh.

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As elegant as the tech side of the Climate Summit, very few of the 40 heads of state and government Biden had gathered were ambitious. The US President himself repeated his mantra, which is: We must act – now. Combating global warming requires swift action and is a „moral and economic imperative”.

US Climate Commissioner John Kerry, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and President Joe Biden hear UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the East Room of the White House

US Climate Commissioner John Kerry, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and President Joe Biden listen to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the East Room of the White House

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„We have no other choice,” Biden said. The United States wants to lead by example by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030 compared to 2005. So far, the United States has committed to a 26 to 28 percent reduction by 2025 as part of the Paris Agreement on Climate Protection. . Biden cannot be blamed for his lack of ambition.

With the infrastructure package, Biden wants to make America cleaner and more efficient, boost thermal insulation and modernize a struggling railroad. $ 174 billion (145 billion euros) alone will be pumped into half a million charging stations for electric cars. To date, e-cars have only 2% market share in the USA. In 2020, more e-cars were sold in Germany than in the United States, which has a population of four times.

Biden also wants to equip millions of homes with better solar panels and insulation. This primarily targets low-income families and members of minorities. Windows in the USA have a legendary bad reputation. In all of these plans, Biden does not see charity, but a claim to survival on the world stage.

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President Biden is betting on a green nation.  If the country fails to make progress in combating climate change, the United States can assert itself as a geopolitical actor.

The federal, state, and city levels, and small and large businesses, will need to work together. Biden didn’t mention his Achilles heel: Republicans continue to deny some climate change, just as Trump once did. Trump has repeatedly claimed during his presidency that „cancer” is caused by wind turbines. Today Republicans are opposed to the Biden infrastructure program. Biden’s majority in Congress is very weak. In the midterm elections at the end of 2022, he may also lose this majority. Appealing to the international community to act now is at the same time a domestic political self-reassurance. Biden said the virtual climate summit should be just one step on the road to the UN climate conference COP in November in Glasgow.

China conceals the massive expansion of coal-fired power generation

The dialects the leaders launched on Thursday were important in several ways. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has criticized coal-fired power plants and called for the removal of related subsidies. Is China the largest emitter of carbon dioxide? State and Party leader Xi Jinping announced that coal-fired power plants would be „strictly controlled” and that coal consumption would be „strictly limited” and „gradually reduced.” He did not mention the fact that China is expanding (and exporting) coal-fired power plants. Xi presented beautiful verbal images of green mountains as „golden mountains,” invoking „better life”, social justice and international law. Neither Xi nor Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced any new climate targets.

Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the summit from the Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel joined the summit from the Chancellor

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The most surprising contribution was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who once portrayed himself as a friend of Trump. Now he praised the „return of the United States to the front lines in the war against climate change.” Johnson praised the local wind energy sector. His country, the „Saudi Arabia of the wind,” has addressed the loss of biodiversity. Johnson did like Biden, stressing the economic opportunities of climate change, and invoking „growth and jobs”. The task is not about preserving the „politically correct” naive nature. Johnson quoted Biden’s slogan „Build Back Better” and added: „Build back greener.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more ambitious climate targets for his country. Chancellor Merkel indirectly slapped former President Trump in the face. „I am very happy that the United States is back in climate policy,” Merkel said. There is no argument that the world needs the contribution of the United States. You are facing a „global arduous task”.

For Emmanuel Macron, 2030 is the new year of 2050

In his speech – which was stalled at the start – French President Macron urged „acceleration” of climate targets. Basically, 2030 is the new year of 2050. Regulations at the international level are essential. Putin, who only promised to attend the summit on Monday, has not announced any new goals. Putin said the discussion showed „how deep we are all concerned about climate change.” He did not mention the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on the Baltic Sea, which the United States rejects.

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David Capua, president of the oceanic Marshall Islands (53,000 people) threatened by sea level rise, lamented the „excuse” that reducing emissions was too costly. Rather, what is required are „unambiguous signals”. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was on the defensive. He promised to take measures to preserve the Amazon. Brazil will end illegal logging by 2030.

After several heads of state and government gave the floor, Xiye Bastida, 18, organizer Friday for the Future in New York. “You have to accept that the age of fossil fuels is over,” the young woman told the participants. People on the islands, Africa, the Amazon and the Arctic have suffered the most from climate change. Support for harmful energies must be stopped. The goal of a limited temperature rise of 1.5 ° C is indeed a compromise.

„She will keep telling us that we are unreal and irrational,” Bastida said. The lack of ambition and courage is „unrealistic and unreasonable”. In a very American way, Bastida described the climate crisis not only as the greatest challenge, but also as the „greatest opportunity to change the world.”

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Italy: Verona allocates drinking water due to drought

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Open the tap and fill it with whatever you want – this is no longer possible in Verona and Pisa. Cities in northern Italy, popular with tourists, are rationing drinking water due to the ongoing drought.

Due to the weather conditions and their consequences for the water supply, Verona’s mayor has signed a decree „limiting the consumption of drinking water for private purposes,” the website of the city of 250,000 people said on Saturday.

Therefore, it is prohibited until August 31 to use drinking water to irrigate gardens and sports facilities, wash cars and fill swimming pools. Failure to comply with the ban may result in a fine of up to 500 euros.

Mayor Michel Conte also signed a similar order in Pisa: from July 11, drinking water may only be used at home in the Tuscany city popular with tourists.

Half a dozen districts have already asked the government in Rome to declare a state of emergency to allow for more aid and civil defense operations. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that appropriate steps may follow on Monday.

Like other European countries, Italy has experienced an unusual heat wave in recent weeks, while at the same time there has been no rain. The agriculturally important Po Valley in northern Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years. According to the country’s largest farmers’ association, Coldiretti, drought threatens more than 30 percent of the country’s agricultural production and half of the livestock in the Po Valley. Parma pork is mainly produced there.

The water level in Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda is much lower than normal at this time of year. The Tiber, which flows through Rome, also has low water.

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Another consequence of the drought: Electricity generation from hydropower has dropped dramatically. Hydroelectric power stations are located mainly in the mountains in the north of the country. They usually provide approximately one-fifth of the electricity needed in Italy.

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Russian forces seize strategically important oil refinery

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The Russian Air Force bombed a small town in the Odessa region. The Ukrainian army reoccupied Snake Island: the situation in the news ticker.

This newsfeed is over: All current developments regarding the Ukraine war can be found in the following tape.

+++ 1.30 pm: Klaus Kleiber, a former ZDF mediator and US reporter, commented on the possible further course of the Ukraine war. In Maybrit Illner, Kleber went on what US intelligence recently confirmed: Putin’s goal remains the occupation of all of Ukraine. Kleber named Moldova and Georgia as possible next targets. According to Kleiber, the Baltic states are the „Achilles heel of NATO”. On the other hand, an attack on Poland is not a possible scenario.

+++ 12.45 pm: Michael Podoljak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, described the Russian missile attacks on apartment complexes as „bloody terrorist tactics.” He was referring to the night bombing of a small town in the Odessa region, which killed at least 19 people. Dozens were injured. Attacks are not about errors, but calculations. Contrary to Podoljak’s assessment, a Ukrainian brigadier general assumes that The obsolete Soviet missiles are the cause of civilian casualties.

+++ 12.00 pm: It appears that Russian forces have captured the Lysychansk oil refinery. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA, on Friday afternoon, citing the Kremlin Ministry of Defense. The information cannot be independently verified.

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Soldier of the Russian army. © Alexey Maishev / Imago Images

+++ 11.00 am: A new mass grave has apparently been discovered in the coastal city of Mariupol. News Portal Reports back Quoting Petro Andryoshenko, adviser to the mayor. There are more than 100 bodies in the tomb. This cannot be verified independently.

+++ 10.30 am: According to the news portal report back It is reported that the death toll from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi rose to 19. The statement cannot be independently verified.

+++ 10.10 am: According to the Ukrainian army, the death toll from the Russian missile attacks on Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in the Odessa region has risen to at least 18. This was announced by the military governor of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko, on Telegram. Reportedly, at least 39 people were injured. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: Apparently the 57th Russian colonel was killed

+++ 09.45 AM: The Russian army suffered great losses. The status report of the Ukrainian General Staff states that 35,750 soldiers have been killed since the invasion began at the end of February. There are also losses at the management level. report from independent According to it, the 57th colonel was said to have been killed. This is apparently Pavel Kislyakov. The 40-year-old was buried in Moscow on Thursday (June 30), according to the report. Kislyakov was the commander of the Russian paratroopers.

+++ 09.00 am: The British Ministry of Defense, citing intelligence, reported that Russian forces had captured the city of Previlia in the north of the Luhansk region. It is a small city with a population of only 7600. From a strategic perspective, the domestic oil refinery is more important. According to estimates from Great Britain, there is currently heavy fighting around the site. Prywillya is located near the city of Lysychansk, which, according to the regional military administration, is threatened by Russian encirclement. The city has been under siege for days, it was said several times. The information provided by the UK Ministry of Defense cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: At least 17 dead in Russian missile strikes

+++ 8.30 am: At least 17 people were killed in rocket attacks on the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odessa region. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said on Telegram that three shells landed on a residential property. Among other things, an entertainment center was targeted. The situation on the ground is chaotic and the information cannot be independently verified. a videowhich from the news portal back Shows the extent of the damage. The residential area is like a field of rubble.

+++ 7.30 am: At least 14 people were killed in a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukraine’s emergency services reported 14 dead and 30 wounded on Friday. Among the wounded were three children. Rescue work will continue, but it will be complicated by a fire. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said earlier that the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, about 80 kilometers south of the coastal city of Odessa. The missile was launched from an aircraft flying over the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian sources, the apartment building was partially destroyed in the attack. Rescue workers initially reported six dead and seven wounded. The death toll later rose to 10 and then 14.

First report on Friday, July 1 at 6:30 a.m.: Kyiv – The situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains extremely dangerous. As Russia displays its military supremacy in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv At least celebrate the restoration of Snake Island in the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian head of state stressed that the withdrawal of Russian forces would allow Ukraine to be in a better situation Volodymyr Zelensky. „Snake Island is a strategic point, and this changes the situation in the Black Sea dramatically,” he said in his daily video address on Friday evening (July 1).

Ukraine news: Snake Island retake – Russian army is currently restricted

Even if this does not guarantee security, the freedom of action of the Russian army is significantly restricted. According to the Ukrainian military, Snake Island allows control of parts of the Ukrainian coast and shipping lanes.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities reported a missile attack on the coastal city of Odessa. As a result, at least ten people were killed. Serhiy Prachuk, head of the local military administration, said the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building. Kyiv believes the missile was launched from a Russian military aircraft over the Black Sea.

Ukraine war: Lysychansk threatened with encirclement

Fighting also continues in eastern Ukraine. In Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, defenders say they are threatened with encirclement. The General Staff said that the refinery, which is located seven kilometers west of the city, erupted into a fight. Russian troops were advancing on the city from the south, and fighting was also continuing on the city’s western and southern borders. The refinery has already been portrayed as completely occupied in the Russian media. The former city of Lysichansk is the last largest city in Luhansk not yet under Russian control.

In neighboring Donetsk, on the other hand, Russian advances near Sloviansk and Bakhmut were repulsed, the General Staff said. Along the front line, Ukrainian positions were constantly bombarded with artillery and aerial bombardment, she said. “The superiority of the occupiers in terms of firepower is very noticeable,” Zelensky said about the situation in the East. Russia depends on its reserves for this. (Cas/dpa)

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