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American Airlines signs deal to trap 10,000 tons of CO2

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Rashaed Esson

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December 13, 2023American Airlines is making major leaps in the fight against climate change, signing a deal to trap 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) underground.

 

The deal was inked with the Bill Gates-backed startup called Graphyte, the first major deal for the entity as it develops state-of-the-art technology to take on CO2.

 

With American Airlines as its first customer, Graphyte gets a chance to prove the effectiveness of its technology against other startups selling similar services. These other startups are developing technologies like graphyte to pull CO2 out of the air or seawater.

 

According to reports, Graphyte, financially backed by Gates’ climate investment firm, Breakthrough Energy Ventures; says it can cheaply capture carbon for a low price of $100 per ton. In fact, compared to other CO2-removing entities, this is very affordable. For instance, Microsoft, Stripe, and Shopify have their CO2 captured by the largest CO2 removal plant for about $600 per ton.

 

Graphyte is able to do this by being energy efficient compared to its competitors. Machines that filter CO2 from the air and ocean typically use a lot of electricity which pushes up costs, limiting the level of good that can be done in relation to clean energy sources.

 

Also, they use a different method called carbon casting, reports say, which is a way to mummify plant matter, stopping the decaying process and locking in the CO2.

 

In an article, MSN went into a bit of detail about the process Graphyte will take. It says it will start by collecting waste from agriculture and timber production and drying it which prevents decomposition. It is then wrapped in what Graphyte says is “an environmentally-safe impermeable barrier to ensure that decomposition doesn’t restart.” They say they can store the CO2 for a thousand years.

 

American Airlines will debut with Graphyte at the organisation’s facility in Pine Bluff Arkansas.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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