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New UN Climate Chief Takes the Fight Personally

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By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the United Nations’ new local weather chief, the battle is private.

As a former engineer who says he is aware of “find out how to make issues work and get issues achieved,” it wasn’t simply what Simon Stiell did earlier than he turned a prime U.N. official, it was the place.

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Stiell was the atmosphere and local weather resilience minister on the small island nation of Grenada till he started his job as the govt secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change just a few weeks in the past. It’s now his job to make certain the world cuts about half emissions of heat-trapping gases — that are serving to set off unprecedented frequent climate disasters — in simply eight years, or as he places it, two World Cups or two Olympics away.

“Living half my life in a climate-vulnerable nation provides me a deep appreciation,” Stiell, 53, mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’ve lived by means of two hurricanes ( Ivan in 2004 and Emily in 2005). I’ve seen my nation flattened by means of hurricanes. I’ve seen sea stage rise round my ankles. … And I’ve additionally been in authorities discovering options and accountable as the lead policymaker in how we construct a extra resilient nation with the restricted assets that now we have.”

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And Grenada, which had losses that doubled its annual gross home product, is way from alone. In Pakistan, for instance, a 3rd of the nation is beneath water.

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“Billions of {dollars} in damages, lives misplaced, tens of millions displaced. How do they recuperate from that?” Stiell requested from the tenth flooring of the U.N. headquarters, overlooking the East River. Rich polluting international locations must pay to assist poorer international locations which can be local weather victims, like his, he mentioned.

Polluters paying for what their emissions have achieved is simply as necessary as chopping what comes out of smokestacks and tailpipes, Stiell mentioned. High-emitting international locations reimbursing poorer, weak nations — referred to as “loss and injury” in the world of local weather negotiations — is now so necessary it’s one in every of 4 pillars of the battle in opposition to local weather change. The others are chopping emissions, adapting to a hotter and wilder world, and wealthy nations financially aiding poor nations to develop inexperienced vitality and adapt.

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“Loss and injury needs to be addressed,” Stiell mentioned. “It’s a really tough dialog, however it’s a dialog that needs to be had. Positions have softened over the years from nonacceptance and refusal to debate this to some extent now the place these are agenda gadgets in the negotiations. So that could be a step ahead.”

Rich nations pledged a number of years in the past to spend $100 billion a 12 months in assist to poor nations to assist them adapt to local weather change and develop cleaner vitality methods, although not as compensation for injury. Even these pledges, nevertheless, particularly from the United States, haven’t been fulfilled. Stiell hopes they’re getting shut.

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Coming from a rustic hit exhausting by local weather provides him “a deep understanding,” however Stiell says his new job means “I additionally should think about the positions of a few of these richer nations” and convey everybody collectively.

Poorer international locations see an ally.

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“It’s an enormous job, and it’s good to see somebody from a local weather weak nation taking the helm. As somebody from Grenada, he doesn’t want reminding what’s at stake,” mentioned Mohamed Adow of assume tank Power Shift Africa. “For too lengthy the views of the world north have held sway at the local weather talks and led to foot dragging and inaction. We’re beginning to see this alteration, however it actually must be accelerated.”

Since 2015, small island nations with little financial and political energy have been utilizing their ethical authority to get large concessions from the remainder of the world, mentioned longtime local weather negotiations analyst Alden Meyer of the assume tank E3G.

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In Paris for the 2015 settlement, small island nations compelled the remainder of the world to conform to a stricter temperature aim of limiting warming to 1.5 levels Celsius (2.7 levels Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial instances and a mechanism that requires nations to extend their emission reduce targets each 5 years, Meyer mentioned.

“They have clear ethical authority and are exhibiting they will construct strain on the larger gamers,” Meyer mentioned.

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Stiell resides out of a resort in Germany, the place the U.N. local weather company is predicated, till worldwide local weather negotiations in Egypt in November. He isn’t as targeted on wins from the upcoming local weather talks as he’s about one thing long run. He mentioned he’s aiming at 2030 and the want for dramatic air pollution cuts to maintain temperatures from passing the 1.5 diploma aim — one thing that’s trying much less seemingly as a result of it’s just a few tenths of a level away and approaching quick. The world has already warmed 1.1 levels Celsius (2 levels Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial instances.

“We have a tendency to take a look at incremental progress. And incremental progress isn’t going to supply us with the transformational shifts that we want,” Stiell mentioned.

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Taking that 2030 aim and “working backwards will truly improve the strain,” Stiell mentioned. “So it’s not to say allow us to kick the can down the highway. It’s the exact opposite. It’s bringing the can ahead proper at our toes. … We’re near running out of time.”

Because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the vitality disaster it triggered, international locations have stepped backwards on their commitments to section out coal, Stiell mentioned. “But hopefully it’s a momentary regression, and people international locations are going to speed up as the disaster diminishes, which it’ll.”

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The United States, the second greatest carbon polluter, took “a serious step ahead” and is sending a sign to the remainder of the world with the Inflation Reduction Act that President Joe Biden signed this summer season. China, the prime carbon emitting nation, can also be doing extra, Stiell mentioned.

“Is it so far as they should go? Is it as quick because it must go? No. But this requires collective effort,” Stiell mentioned.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres frequently ratchets up the rhetoric. This week, he has referred to as on nations to institute a windfall income tax o n fossil gas corporations that would then be used to assist compensate climate-change victims and folks going through excessive vitality and meals prices.

Stiell mentioned Guterres’ function is that of a “truth-teller” in carrot-and-stick negotiations with international locations, whereas his new job is that of an arbiter “bringing events collectively.”

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“It’s exhausting. It’s irritating,” Stiell mentioned. “But finally the important focus is attaining that aim of limiting world temperatures to 1.5 levels. And that requires extraordinary motion.”

Associated Press local weather and environmental protection receives assist from a number of personal foundations. The AP is solely accountable for all content material. Follow AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein on Twitter at http://twitter.com/borenbears. Follow AP’s local weather and atmosphere protection at https://apnews.com/hub/climate-and-environment and for extra AP protection of the U.N. General Assembly, go to https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly

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Warriors 0-6 on Road, Fall to Pelicans With 4 Starters Out

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The defending champion Golden State Warriors fell to 0-6 on the street, shedding 114-105 to Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night time with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sidelined.

Ingram scored 26 factors in his return from a four-game absence due to a concussion and reserve Larry Nance Jr. scored 20 factors for the Pelicans, together with a number of fourth-quarter dunks that saved Golden State at bay. CJ McCollum scored 20 factors and Zion Williamson added 16 for New Orleans.

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Jordan Poole had 20 factors and 9 assists for the Warriors. Kevon Looney was the one common starter in uniform for Golden State’s second sport in two nights on the finish of a winless five-game journey.

The Warriors are 3-7 total. Among Western Conference groups, solely Houston (1-8) has extra losses.

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Curry, Thompson, Green and Wiggins all had been scratched after taking part in the earlier night time in a loss at Orlando.

The Warriors will not be taking part in Thompson on back-to-back nights due to his anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon accidents in 2019 and 2020. Green is beneath related limitations due to a again damage final season. Curry was being rested due to elbow soreness and Wiggins due to a sore left foot.

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A beginning lineup that as an alternative included Poole and fellow guard Moses Moody, together with forwards Anthony Lamb and Jonathan Kuminga, made the sport aggressive into the fourth quarter.

Ty Jerome, who scored 18 factors, hit a 3 to pull the Warriors inside 99-96 earlier than the Pelicans steadily pulled away through the closing six minutes.

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Trey Murphy III’s 3-pointer capped a 7-0 Pelicans spurt that started with Nance’s dunk and layup and made it 111-101 with two minutes to go. Ingram, who additionally had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two blocks, obtained a standing ovation when he checked out of the sport within the closing minute.

New Orleans led by as many as 11 within the second quarter when Jose Alvarado intercepted Poole’s go and located Williamson for a breakaway, windmill dunk.

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But the Warriors chipped away and trailed 50-49 on James Wiseman’s putback dunk.

Nance scored the ultimate 4 factors of the quarter on a finger roll and dunk, placing the Pelicans up 61-54 at halftime.

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Warriors: Kuminga completed with 18 factors, whereas Lamb scored 16 and Moody had 14. … Went 12 of 32 from 3-point vary. … In addition to the 4 starters who sat, G/F Andre Iguodala (hip) and G Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) remained inactive. Iguodala has but to play this season, whereas DiVicenzo hasn’t performed since Oct. 23.

Pelicans: Alvarado and Murphy every scored 10 factors and every hit three 3s to assist New Orleans go 12 of 29 from lengthy vary … Shot 50.6% total (41 of 81) and outrebounded Golden State 51-36.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated he appreciates that followers paid “good money” to see gamers on his staff who sat out with the objective of preserving their long-term well being.

“Ultimately the gamers’ well being is the No. 1 consider our staff’s success and even our followers’ satisfaction in the long term,” Kerr stated.

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He added that whereas some absences are unpredictable, “it will be smart” for followers to research schedules of groups they need to see and handle expectations when these groups are taking part in on consecutive nights on the finish of a visit, because the Warriors had been.

“Especially once you get a staff with gamers who’ve previous accidents like we do, or guys who’re superior age-wise,” Kerr stated. “I apologize to any followers on the market who had been hoping to see these guys.”

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Warriors: Host Sacramento on Monday.

Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

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Twitter Slashes Its Staff as Musk Era Takes Hold on Platform

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MATT O’BRIEN, AP Technology Writers

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Twitter started widespread layoffs Friday as new proprietor Elon Musk overhauls the corporate, elevating grave issues about chaos enveloping the social media platform and its capacity to struggle disinformation simply days forward of the U.S. midterm elections.

The pace and size of the cuts additionally opened Musk and Twitter to lawsuits. At least one was filed alleging Twitter violated federal regulation by not offering fired workers the required discover.

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The San Francisco-based firm informed staff by e mail Thursday that they’d study Friday if they’d been laid off. About half of the corporate’s employees of seven,500 was let go, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security & integrity, confirmed in a tweet.

Musk tweeted late Friday that there was no alternative however to chop the jobs “when the corporate is dropping over $4M/day.” He didn’t present particulars on the each day losses on the firm and mentioned workers who misplaced their jobs have been supplied three months’ pay as a severance.

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No different social media platform comes near Twitter as a spot the place public businesses and different important service suppliers — election boards, police departments, utilities, faculties and news retailers — preserve individuals reliably knowledgeable. Many worry Musk’s layoffs will intestine it and render it lawless.

Roth mentioned the corporate’s front-line moderation employees was the group the least impacted by the job cuts.

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He added that Twitter’s “efforts on election integrity — together with dangerous misinformation that may suppress the vote and combatting state-backed info operations — stay a prime precedence.”

Musk, in the meantime, tweeted that “Twitter’s sturdy dedication to content material moderation stays completely unchanged.”

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But a Twitter worker who spoke with The Associated Press Friday mentioned it is going to be so much more durable to get that work executed beginning subsequent week after dropping so many colleagues.

“This will influence our capacity to offer help for elections, positively,” mentioned the worker who spoke on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety.

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The worker mentioned there’s no “concrete sense of route” aside from what Musk says publicly on Twitter.

“I comply with his tweets they usually have an effect on how we prioritize our work,” mentioned the worker. “It’s a really wholesome indicator of what to prioritize.”

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Several workers who tweeted about dropping their jobs mentioned Twitter eradicated their complete groups, together with one centered on human rights and world conflicts, one other checking Twitter’s algorithms for bias in how tweets get amplified, and an engineering crew devoted to creating the social platform extra accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Eddie Perez, a Twitter civic integrity crew supervisor who give up in September, mentioned he fears the layoffs so near the midterms may permit disinformation to “unfold like wildfire” in the course of the post-election vote-counting interval specifically.

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“I’ve a tough time believing that it doesn’t have a cloth influence on their capacity to handle the quantity of disinformation on the market,” he mentioned, including that there merely might not be sufficient workers to beat it again.

President Joe Biden, at a marketing campaign occasion in Illinois Friday night time, mentioned: “Now what are all of us anxious about? Elon Musk, who goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies all the world over. … How can we count on children to have the ability to perceive what’s at stake?”

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Twitter’s workers have been anticipating layoffs since Musk took the helm. He fired prime executives, together with CEO Parag Agrawal, and eliminated the corporate’s board of administrators on his first day as proprietor.

As the emailed notices went out, many Twitter workers took to the platform to specific help for one another — typically merely tweeting blue coronary heart emojis to indicate its blue chicken brand — and salute emojis in replies to one another.

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A Twitter supervisor mentioned many workers discovered they’d been laid off after they may now not log into the corporate’s methods. The supervisor mentioned the way in which the layoffs have been carried out confirmed a “lack of care and thoughtfulness.” The supervisor, who spoke to the AP on the situation of anonymity out of issues for job safety, mentioned managers weren’t given any discover about who can be getting laid off.

“For me as a supervisor, it’s been excruciating as a result of I needed to discover out about what my crew was going to seem like by tweets and thru texting and calling individuals,” the worker mentioned. “That’s a very arduous approach to care in your individuals. And managers at Twitter care so much about their individuals.”

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A coalition of civil rights teams escalated their calls Friday for manufacturers to pause promoting buys on the platform. The layoffs are significantly harmful forward of the elections, the teams warned, and for transgender customers and different teams dealing with violence impressed by hate speech that proliferates online.

In a tweet Friday, Musk blamed activists for what he described as a “huge drop in income” since he took over Twitter late final week.

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Insider Intelligence analyst Jasmine Enberg mentioned there may be “little Musk can say to appease advertisers when he’s maintaining the corporate in a continuing state of uncertainty and turmoil, and seems detached to Twitter workers and the regulation.”

“Musk wants advertisers greater than they want him,” she mentioned. “Pulling advertisements from Twitter is a fast and painless resolution for many manufacturers.”

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A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court docket in San Francisco on behalf of 1 worker who was laid off and three others who have been locked out of their work accounts. It alleges Twitter violated the regulation by not offering the required discover.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification statute requires employers with not less than 100 staff to reveal layoffs involving 500 or extra workers, no matter whether or not an organization is publicly traded or privately held, as Twitter is now.

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The layoffs affected Twitter’s workplaces all over the world. In the United Kingdom, it could be required by regulation to offer workers discover, mentioned Emma Bartlett, a accomplice specializing in employment and partnership regulation at CM Murray LLP.

The pace of the layoffs may additionally open Musk and Twitter as much as discrimination claims if it seems, for example, that they disproportionally affected ladies, individuals of shade or older staff.

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AP Business Writers Mae Anderson, Alexandra Olson and Ken Sweet in New York, James Pollard in Columbia, S.C., Frank Bajak in Boston and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this story.

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Settlement Reached in Suits Over FBI Posing as AP Reporter

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will get a $145,000 settlement following a pair of lawsuits filed after an FBI agent posed as a reporter for The Associated Press and created a faux story.

The long-running Freedom of Information Act instances led to appeals court docket selections that may assist bolster entry to public information, stated Adam Marshall, an lawyer for the group. The instances additionally make clear FBI brokers posing as members of the media, a tactic that free press advocates say undermines media credibility and blurs strains between legislation enforcement and the press.

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The company did not comply with its personal guidelines over such undercover operations when an agent posed as an AP reporter and despatched a link to a faux story in an investigation in Washington state in 2007, in keeping with paperwork uncovered in the lawsuit filed together with The Associated Press.

Then-FBI Director James Comey known as the approach “correct and acceptable” below FBI pointers on the time, although he stated it might require higher-level approvals when the incident got here to gentle seven years later, in 2014. No precise story was revealed and it led to an arrest, he maintained.

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The agent posing as an AP reporter despatched a link to the faux article to a 15-year-old suspected of creating bomb threats at a highschool. When the teenager clicked the link, a monitoring instrument revealed his pc’s location and helped brokers affirm his id.

The FBI declined to remark Friday.

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Kathleen Carroll, then government editor of the AP, stated in 2014 that the FBI’s “unacceptable techniques undermine AP and the important distinction between the federal government and the press.” A letter signed by two dozen news organizations known as the revelations “inexcusable” and the Reporter’s Committee particularly known as out using the AP’s title as “cowl for delivery of digital surveillance software program.”

Lauren Easton, an Associated Press spokeswoman, declined extra remark Friday.

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The lawsuits had been filed as a part of an effort to get information about FBI news-media impersonations, and finally resulted in vital court docket selections about how far businesses should go in looking for requested paperwork and the requirements they need to meet in order to withhold paperwork, Marshall stated. The settlement will cowl lawyer’s charges and prices.

“This has proven that there are important, regarding and ongoing points with respect to federal legislation enforcement impersonation of the press in the United States,” Marshall stated. The instances have additionally “proven that the Reporters Committee and The Associated Press had been dedicated to discovering out as a lot as we might about what occurred right here for the general public to know.”

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