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A new era in climate action: COP28 marks historic shift



DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES /EINPresswire.com/ — In the dynamic city of Dubai, history has been made. The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) has reached a groundbreaking agreement, an unprecedented call for transitioning away from fossil fuels, a decision that will steer the world towards a more sustainable future.

The UAE consensus
A pact for the planet under the leadership of the United Arab Emirates and the visionary leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along with Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President of COP28, a powerful pact has been forged by 198 parties. This pact, known as the UAE Consensus, serves as a compass leading us to a bold climate agenda. From day one, the mission was clear: develop a science-led plan, an inclusive blueprint focusing on emissions, adaptation, global finances, and the commitment to minimize loss and damage.

Decisive moments and monumental commitments
COP28 stands as a decisive moment in history. With gracious negotiations, monumental commitments have been made: an unprecedented shift from fossil fuels, steering towards Net Zero by 2050, a call to triple renewable energy and double energy efficiency by 2030, and a leap forward in nationally determined contributions. Sultan Al Jaber, as President of COP28, has emerged as a mastermind behind this historic achievement, a conductor of the symphony of change.

The architecture of a historic transition
As the architect of this historic transition, the COP Presidency has not only reshaped the narrative but has also etched its name in the annals of climate diplomacy. Its foresight, dedication, and ability to bridge divides stand as a testament to leadership that exceeds expectations. Despite initial skepticism about the leadership qualities of Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the actions taken during the conference have led to a historic breakthrough in climate policy.

A promise to future generations
As we close this chapter, COP28 signs a covenant with Brazil, the host of COP30, to deepen collaboration and elevate climate ambitions. It is a clear commitment: ensuring the promises resonate through COP29 and COP30. Today, we celebrate a COP destined for immortality, a turning point shaped by the UAE Consensus and the fearless leadership of the UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the COP Presidency of the United Arab Emirates.

A COP that will be remembered for generations
History has been made at COP28 in Dubai. The world has agreed to an unprecedented call for a transition away from fossil fuels. A historic breakthrough at COP28, sending a strong signal that the world will move toward a greener future. It is an enhanced, balanced, but make no mistake, historic package to accelerate climate action. It is the UAE consensus. In the grand tale of time, there emerges a moment that echoes through the ages, a moment of renewal and transformation. Today, we stand witness to such a moment, COP28, a chapter etched in the global fight against climate change. A COP that will be remembered for generations, a force that reshaped the very essence of our worldwide climate endeavors.

The dawn of consensus
Enter the UAE consensus, a powerful pact forged by 198 parties, a compass guiding us toward a bold climate agenda. At the helm stands the UAE, visionary leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the president of COP28. Dr. Al Jaber pledged a different kind of COP, one that united diverse forces from private to public, civil society to youth, in a shared commitment. From day one throughout COP28, the mission was clear: to craft a plan led by science, an inclusive blueprint addressing emissions, adaptation, global finance, and the promise of mitigating loss and damage.

The moment of commitment
COP28 is a decisive moment. Gracious in the negotiated text, monumental commitments were etched: an unprecedented shift from fossil fuels, steering the world to Net Zero by 2050, a call to triple renewables and double energy efficiency by 2030, a leap forward in nationally determined contributions. ‘I will stay focused, laser-focused on delivery.’ In crafting this historic achievement, the COP presidency emerged as the mastermind, the maestro orchestrating the symphony of change. Sultan Al Jaber guided in this agreement, and what you didn’t see was how quickly it happened. COP president, akin to a successful achiever, meticulously prepared for this moment, orchestrating a harmonious collaboration in a feat of diplomatic finesse. He convinced global giants, the USA and China, to sit aside differences and work hand in hand. For the very first time in a COP, fossil fuels have been on the table.

A legacy of leadership
As the architect of this historic fossil fuel transition, the COP presidency has not only reshaped the narrative but has also etched his name into the annals of climate diplomacy. His foresight, dedication, and ability to bridge divides stand as a testament to leadership that transcends expectations. ‘The presidency has done a fantastic job preparing this COP. Dr. Sultan has set the bar high.’ Leading up to the conference, there was some skepticism regarding Dr. Sultan Al Jaber’s leadership. However, as the conference unfolded, the actions taken led to a historic climate breakthrough. ‘Today could be the single most impactful day of announcements from any COP in my 30 years at the Environmental Defense Fund.’ And most critics acknowledged Dr. Sultan’s achievements and integrity. Notably, one of the world’s leading nonprofit and independent climate-focused media publishers highlighted that those who were initially critical of Al Jaber before the conference now recognize that their concerns have proven unfounded.

United in purpose
‘Together we have surprised the doubters and inspired the optimists, and by working together, we can help sustain our planet.’ Also, in this symphony of efforts, the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stand as beacons of leadership. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spared no effort to make COP28 a symbol of global unity and a testament to the UAE’s commitment to our planet. As we close this chapter, COP28 signs a covenant with Brazil, the host of COP30, deepening collaboration and elevating climate ambitions. The commitment is clear: to ensure promises made echo through COP29 and COP30.

A promise to future generations
Today, we celebrate a COP destined for immortality, a pivotal moment shaped by the UAE consensus and the indomitable leadership of the UAE president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the COP presidency and the United Arab Emirates. ‘My country is rightly proud of its role in helping you to move this forward. It is not just a chapter in history; it is a promise to future generations that with unwavering resolve, we are architects of transformative change. An epic journey that began at COP28, a COP that sculpted the path to a better tomorrow for all. And together, we will secure the future of this beautiful planet for the many generations to come.’

COP28, held in Dubai, marked a significant milestone in the global effort to address climate change. Here are some of the positive outcomes highlighted from the summit:

Operationalizing the loss and damage fund
One of the most notable achievements of COP28 was the decision to inject money into the Loss and Damage Fund, making it functional. This fund is crucial for supporting vulnerable nations facing the worst impacts of climate change. Although the initial contributions of over US$700 million are seen as insufficient for current needs, the operationalization of this fund is a step forward in providing necessary financial support.

Agreement on fossil fuels transition
Nearly every country agreed to transition away from fossil fuels, the main driver of climate change. This consensus marks a significant commitment towards reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources and promoting cleaner, sustainable alternatives.

Focus on key areas
COP28 outcomes also emphasized the need for progress in various critical areas including fossil fuels & clean energy, adaptation, climate finance, national climate plans (NDCs), carbon markets, food, and cities. This comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of climate change and its mitigation are being addressed.

Landmark agreement for vulnerable nations
The summit saw a landmark agreement to support nations most vulnerable to climate change. This agreement is crucial for ensuring that countries facing the direst consequences of global warming receive the support and resources needed to cope with its impacts.

Global stock take
COP28 included the first-ever Global Stock Take, calling for a transition away from fossil fuels. This initiative is part of a larger effort to assess and accelerate global climate goals, ensuring that nations are on track to meet their commitments and adapt their strategies as needed.

These outcomes from COP28 represent a collective step forward in the global fight against climate change, emphasizing the need for financial support, strategic planning, and a unified commitment to a sustainable future.

Sources: UNOCHA, World Resources Institute, Carbon Brief, Forbes, World Economic Forum
Here are the full link addresses for the sources detailing the outcomes of COP28 held in Dubai:

UNFCCC – Outcomes of the Dubai Climate Change Conference: The advance unedited versions of the decisions taken at the Dubai Climate Change Conference are listed.
Full Link: https://unfccc.int/cop28/outcomes

Carbon Brief – COP28: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Dubai: Discusses the key outcomes agreed upon at the UN climate talks in Dubai, including various international pledges.
Full Link: https://www.carbonbrief.org/cop28-key-outcomes-agreed-at-the-un-climate-talks-in-dubai

UNFCCC – Summary of Global Climate Action at COP 28: Provides an overview of the key outcomes of global climate action across the four pillars set by the COP 28 Presidency.
Full Link: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Summary_GCA_COP28.pdf

Forbes – Your Quick Guide To The Outcomes Of COP28: Offers a quick overview of the outcomes of COP28, including discussions on national response plans and climate information.
Full Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidcarlin/2023/12/13/your-quick-guide-to-the-outcomes-of-cop-28/

World Resources Institute – COP28: Outcomes and Next Steps: Explores COP28’s outcomes in greater depth and explains where the world needs to go on key issues.
Full Link: https://www.wri.org/insights/cop28-outcomes-next-steps

Unprecedented outcomes: the groundbreaking achievements of COP28

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Putting Jobs First: California High-Speed Rail Crosses 13,000 Construction Jobs Milestone



California High-Speed Rail construction site with workers in hardhats.
Artistic rendering of a CAHSR high-speed train running in the Central Valley. California High-Speed Rail.

In a significant milestone for the nation’s first high-speed rail project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced that it has successfully created over 13,000 construction jobs since 2015. This accomplishment not only signifies progress for the ambitious high-speed rail system but also highlights the positive impact it has had on the local Californian workforce.

California High-Speed Rail Crosses 13,000 Construction Jobs Milestone

Central Valley Takes the Lead:
With over 70 percent of these jobs going to residents of California’s Central Valley, the project has played a vital role in providing employment opportunities for individuals in the region. It is worth acknowledging the efforts of nearly 1,400 workers dispatched each day to various high-speed rail construction sites. These jobs have injected economic vitality and growth into communities across the Central Valley.

Regional Breakdown:

  1. Fresno County: 4,222 jobs
  2. Kern County: 2,538 jobs
  3. Tulare County: 1,282 jobs
  4. Madera County: 580 jobs
  5. Kings County: 462 jobs
  6. Merced County: 189 jobs
  7. Remaining California Counties: 3,387 jobs
  8. Out-of-State: 369 jobs

A Decade of Strong Partnerships:
The Authority has had a longstanding partnership with the California State Building Trades, which has facilitated the creation of thousands of good-paying union jobs. Notably, during the past five years alone, over 10,000 construction positions have been generated through these collaborative efforts. Moreover, a significant focus has been placed on directing employment opportunities towards individuals from disadvantaged communities, further promoting inclusivity and economic upliftment.

California Jobs First Council:
To bolster job creation even further and ensure economic prosperity for all Californians, the California Jobs First Council was established. This council aims to align economic resources, expedite job creation, and enhance opportunities throughout the state. With particular focus on the Central San Joaquin Valley, this initiative serves as an impetus for creating more jobs, rapidly, in every community.

Future Expansion and Construction Progress:
Looking ahead, the Authority is resolute in extending the current 119-mile high-speed rail network to span 171 miles, reaching from Merced to Bakersfield. The construction has already commenced on this expansion project. Presently, more than 25 dynamic construction sites are active within the Central Valley. As a testament to its commitment to environmental stewardship, the Authority has obtained full environmental clearance for 422 miles of the high-speed rail program, stretching from the Bay Area to Los Angeles County.

Stay Updated:
For the latest developments and information about the high-speed rail construction, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official website: www.buildhsr.com. On the website, visitors can access recent videos, animations, photographs, press center resources, and the latest renderings of the project. All files are available for free use, courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s achievement of surpassing 13,000 construction jobs is undoubtedly a cause for celebration. By focusing on job creation and prioritizing the local workforce, this landmark project is making a positive difference in the lives of Californians, particularly those in the Central Valley. With continued progress and future expansions, the California High-Speed Rail project not only brings efficient transportation but also provides a substantial economic boost that benefits communities and individuals alike.


Source: California High-Speed Rail Authority


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What is California High-Speed Rail?

The California High-Speed Rail (CAHSR) is a state-funded project led by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Currently under construction, Phase 1 is planned to cover 494 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, passing through the Central Valley. There are plans for Phase 2, which would extend the system to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 776 miles. Authorized by a 2008 ballot, this ambitious project aims to connect major urban areas, significantly reducing travel times. The goal for Phase 1 is to achieve a travel time of 2 hours and 40 minutes between San Francisco and Los Angeles, a vast improvement from the existing Amtrak service, which takes around nine hours.

Construction of Phase 1 began in the Central Valley back in 2015. The project is being built in sections due to limited funding. The state aims to complete a 171-mile (275 km) long Initial Operating Segment (IOS) connecting Merced and Bakersfield by 2024. The IOS is expected to begin its revenue service as a self-contained high-speed rail system between 2030-2033, at an estimated cost of $28–35 billion. CAHSR trains running along this section would be the fastest in the Americas, with a top speed of 220 mph (350 km/h).

Between January 2015 and December 2023, a whopping amount of $11.2 billion was spent on the IOS project, which includes 119 miles (192 km) currently under construction, alongside upgrades to the existing rail lines in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles. The plan is that Phase 1 will share tracks with conventional passenger trains. However, the Authority has not yet secured funding to connect the Central Valley section with either the Bay Area or Los Angeles, which involves crossing several major mountain passes. As of 2024, it is estimated that Phase 1 will cost a total of $106.2 billion.n.

Supporters of the California High-Speed Rail project emphasize the potential benefits it offers, including the reduction of air traffic and highway congestion, decreased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and the promotion of economic growth by connecting inland regions to coastal cities. However, opponents argue that the project is too expensive and advocate for directing funds to other transportation or infrastructure initiatives. The choice of route and the decision to initiate construction in the Central Valley, rather than more densely populated areas, have been points of contention. The project has encountered notable challenges such as delays and cost overruns due to management issues, legal disputes, and a lack of complete funding commitment.



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Community Fundraiser Hosted by CFC in Support of Infertility Awareness Week

Canadian Fertility Consulting and Fertility Matters Canada Unite for Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser



TORONTO (Newswire.com) – Canadian Fertility Consulting is proud to announce a Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser in support of Infertility Awareness Week, scheduled for April 28, 2024. This event aims to raise awareness about infertility issues while supporting Fertility Matters Canada, a national charity dedicated to assisting those struggling with fertility challenges.

The virtual paint night will be led by the talented Jenny Hughes of Oceanside Art Studios, offering participants the opportunity to unleash their creativity while supporting a meaningful cause. Taking part is simple – join from the comfort of your home via Microsoft Teams, and we will provide all the necessary paint materials, conveniently shipped directly to your door.

“We are thrilled to host this virtual paint night fundraiser to support Infertility Awareness Week and Fertility Matters Canada,” said Janet Harbick, Administrative Specialist at Canadian Fertility Consulting. “It’s an opportunity for our community to come together, express themselves artistically, and raise vital funds for a cause that impacts so many lives.”

Participants are encouraged to register by April 12, 2024, to ensure timely delivery of the paint supplies. Registration and payment are required to secure your spot in this event.

The theme for the evening is to paint a beautiful hatching embryo, with each participant adding their own unique interpretation. No prior painting experience is necessary, as guidance will be provided throughout the virtual session.

Infertility affects one in six Canadians, leading many to explore alternative paths to parenthood. Statistics show that 40% of infertility cases are attributed to female factors, 30% to male factors, and 30% to joint infertility or remain unexplained. Additionally, various factors such as sexual orientation, genetic diseases, gynecological issues, and career considerations contribute to the complexity of infertility challenges faced by individuals and couples across every demographic and economic group.

Canadian Fertility Consulting is Canada’s largest surrogacy and egg donation agency, committed to assisting couples and individuals in their journey to parenthood. With a mission to build families with love, we provide guidance and support throughout the process of exploring alternative methods of family building.

Join us for a night of creativity and compassion as we come together to support Infertility Awareness Week and Fertility Matters Canada. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by infertility.

For more information and to register for the Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser, visit Paint Night Event Registration.

About Canadian Fertility Consulting:

Canadian Fertility Consulting is Canada’s largest surrogacy and egg donation agency, dedicated to helping couples and individuals navigate the challenges of infertility. With a focus on compassion and support, we assist in building families through surrogacy and egg donation arrangements.

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SPACEMOB Expands Reach Into Sports Programming, Live Events



OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — SPACEMOB, the global media company focused on distributing streaming content and FAST channels, is gearing up for an exhilarating year of sports entertainment. With an eye on the future, SPACEMOB is poised to revolutionize the streaming landscape with its pioneering approach to sports programming.

In the coming year, SPACEMOB will have an array of groundbreaking sports entertainment initiatives, including exclusive partnerships and live events. As the convergence of streaming and sports continues, SPACEMOB is at the forefront of this dynamic shift.

Recent projections indicate a significant rise in the number of US viewers streaming sports events, with estimates surpassing 90 million by 2025. This substantial increase underscores the growing demand for accessible and engaging sports content in the digital age.

Over the past few years, the fusion of major sports and streaming platforms has become increasingly prevalent. Notable examples include:

  • NFL Thursday Night games on Amazon Prime
  • WWE Raw migrating to Netflix
  • MLS games on AppleTV

In addition to the streaming platforms zeroing in on live sports, advertisers are keen on the opportunity as well, with The Trade Desk’s 2024 CTV Report declaring ‘this is the year of streaming live sports’ and citing that forty-nine percent of advertisers plan to increase their budget for programmatic live sports in 2024.

SPACEMOB is embracing the trends and has formed exclusive partnerships with two esteemed sports entertainment brands The Harlem Globetrotters and Monster Jam. Additionally, SPACEMOB has secured exclusive distribution partnerships for FAST Channels featuring professional pickleball on PickleTV, classic wrestling from the Savoldi wrestling archive and Ultimate Classic Wrestling, and Major Arena Soccer League action.

Moreover, SPACEMOB is ramping up its live sports programming, offering viewers an unparalleled experience with events like Tuesday Night Pickleball, a variety of MASL season matches, and live broadcasts from Globetrotters and Monster Jam events throughout the year.

Since 2020, SPACEMOB has witnessed an extraordinary trajectory in streaming. It boasts five active channels, three in development and more than 2,500 titles of TV programming that collectively had viewership reaching nearly 1.5 billion minutes in 2023. The implications of these partnerships are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of sports entertainment in streaming and offer fans unprecedented access to their favorite sports and events.

SPACEMOB is a global media company – built in the age of streaming-with a focus on creating original content, distribution, and FAST channel development. For inquiries, please contact: Danielle Bourassa Head of Distribution and Partnerships danielle@space-mob.com


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