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News Brief: Nov. 7-11


COP27: Sharp Rise in Fossil Fuel Industry Delegates at Climate Summit

Hurricane Nicole Hits Florida

US Navy Couple Conspire to Sell Classified Information to Foreign Country

Oklahoma City Zoo Names New African Lion Cubs


COP27: Sharp Rise in Fossil Fuel Industry Delegates at Climate Summit

Fossil fuels are a hot topic for climate discussions, including at the UN climate summits, where the number of attending fossil fuel lobbyists has jumped by 25% from last meeting.

503 attended last year. This year, of the anticipated 35,000 attendance, 636 have connections to fossil fuels, according to an analysis by Matt McGrath.

Phillip Jackpor, a Nigerian who works with Public Participation Africa, said, “If you want to address malaria, you don’t invite the mosquitoes.” On the other hand, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, head of the African Petroleum Producers Organization, said, “…if you are not at the table, you’ll be on the menu.” 

Ibrahim claims Africa has 600 million people without access to electricity and it should not forgo its own fossil fuel reserves to rely on technology and funding from richer nations.

“We’re on a carousel of madness rather than climate action,” Rachel Rose Jackson from Corporate Accountability said.

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Hurricane Nicole Hits Florida

Weeks after Hurricane Ian, Florida is struck again by Hurricane Nicole, which made landfall on Thursday, Nov. 10.

45 of 67 counties are under a state of emergency while four are under mandatory evacuation orders. Over 100,000 are without power. Neither damage nor forecasted damage is certain yet, but there is information available from the National Hurricane Center. Florida’s eastern coast is expected to receive strong winds, storm surges, waves and heavy rains. Hurricane Nicole is projected to hit Georgia and South Carolina and potentially Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York later in the week.

For Florida, a November hurricane is extremely rare; this is the third recorded since documentation began in 1853.

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US Navy Couple Conspires to Sell Classified Information to Foreign Country

What does a saran-wrapped peanut butter sandwich have in common with a packet of gum and a sealed Band-Aid wrapper?

All three items contained encrypted SD cards hidden by a US Navy couple and were left as “dead-drops” for who they believed were members of a foreign government in exchange for thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency. The cards contained classified information about nuclear submarines.

US Navy nuclear engineer Jonathan Toebbe, 44, and his wife Diana, 46, were sentenced to time in prison, Jonathan receiving 19 years, Diana 21.

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Oklahoma City Zoo Names New African Lion Cubs

Although not yet available for the public, the Oklahoma City Zoo recently announced the names of its first four African lion cubs in almost 15 years. The three females are Neema, Zahara and Makena while the male is Mshango.

The names were selected after almost 15,000 votes were cast by the public to decide between three groups of names, each with different inspirations and meanings.

The winning group consisted of African-inspired names. Neema means “grace,” Zahara “flower,” Makena “happiness” and Mshango “surprise.”

Group two would have honored the Cub’s mother, Dunia, which is Swahili for “the Earth.” The female cubs would have been Nyasi for “grass,” Mlima “mountain/hill,” Mti “tree/wood” and the male would have been Mwamba, meaning “rock.”

Group three’s names were inspired by Oklahoma cities: Ada, Alva and Talimena for the females and Shawnee for the male.

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