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President Donald Trump is expected to meet Climate activist Greta Thunberg at Davos World Economic Forum

Last year, people at Davos said it was boring at the World Economic Forum (WEF). It wasn`t as it used to be. It`s probably because Trump wasn`t there. In 2018, Trump joined the club and the globalists in Europe treated him like a rockstar. Trump will joint WEF this week, so what now?

Greta Thunberg is a Climate Activist and she was the person of the year 2019 at Time Magazine. Donald Trump was the person of the year in 2016. The president who didn`t sign the Paris agreement. They are both coming to Davos on Tuesday. Is Climate Change the headline at WEF this time?

WEF founder Klaus Schwab said the forum have changed rapidly in business, society and culture over the last fifty years. The yearly gathering in the Swiss Alps started as a forum for business leaders but now it is also for policymakers and activists as well.

Climate change is here right in front of our eyes and everybody can see it. No doubt. Australia is burning with extreme heat and out-of-control wildfires. We also see melting ice sheets. But, is it the nature going in cycle or is it man-made?

In August 2018, Sweden was burning and that was man-made. A lot of Sweden cars was burning in Gutenburg and many Swedes was horrified because migrant gangs coordinated fire-bombs across multiple cities.

A month before that, a large number of wildfires occurred throughout much of Sweden. It is the most serious in the country in modern history. The summer was unusually warm and dry, significantly raising the risk of fire.

Sweden experienced an unusually long heatwave and had only 13 mm of rain from the beginning of May to late July. May 2018 was the warmest May and July 2018 was the warmest July ever recorded in Sweden.

In March 2019, several wildfires occurred in the south of Sweden, and the risk of fire was unusually high for the time of year.

As of mid-July, temperatues in Scandinavia were more than 10 C (18 F) above normal. Wildfires also occurred in the neighbouring countries like Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Experts say there is more to come.

Anyway, what we see can be catastrophic for the economy and the whole world. Global warming, climate change and the extinction of animal species will effect us all.

There is no doubt that the biggest pollution problems are in Asia, and the worst of them all are China and India. We all know it. We have evidence. We have it on film. We have it on many pictures. No doubt. Millions of people die every year only in China because of their pollution.

Trump didn`t sign the Paris agreement because he said it is too expensive. He wants to create jobs and make people prosper. He is also following his own slogan; America first, and that`s basically why he doesn`t want to shut down the oil and coal industry. The cost is too high.

Leaders at Davos will talk much about the environment and the focus on climate change and sustainable growth will be interesting to watch at WEF this time. It will also be very interesting to see 73 year old Trump arguing against teenager Thunberg.

Trump was like a rockstar last time he visited Davos, and Scwab says Trump is velcome to the Swiss Alps because of his role on the world stage. It was boring at Davos last year, but I bet it will be action again this time.

Schwab said it also will be focus on inclusion and equality; economic development; technology governance; regional development; corporate leadership and ecology, including a project to plant a trillion trees.

The WEF`s mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas”.

Both, Trump and Thunberg will speak Tuesday on the opening day at the World Economic Forum.

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40% less nitrogen dioxide in Paris

Pollution is a huge problem. The problem is not only in China, but in Paris too. Earlier this year, Paris was the world`s most polluted city! The noxious smog was so dense it almost obscured the French capital`s totemic landmark, the Eiffel Tower.

Not only that. Climate change is a global serious problem. According to a report from French Senate, the upper house of parliament, air pollution cost France €101,3bn a year in negative health, economic and financial consequences.

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(Picture: Eiffel Tower, Paris)

 

In the same report, it said illnesses created or worsened by pollution included Alzheimer`s disease, heart disease, respiratory disease and some cancers. It also stated that polluted air is also linked to foetal development problems.

The report estimated that the pollution caused up to 45,000 premature deaths in France a year, from asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, lung cancer and strokes. The Senate criticised successive governments for a «failure to mobilise» to clean up the city`s air.

Now you know how serious Volkswagen`s manipulation of emissions data for diesel vehicles was?

The French claimed this was typical «German economic arrogance».

Last year, I wrote about the International climate meeting in France (November 2014), and ahead of that meeting, City mayor Anne Hidalgo is doing everything she can to clean up the air. On Twitter she said that she wants to eliminate diesel use in Paris. She also said that her goal is to eradicate this harmful fuel in Paris.

According to Airparif, the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in Paris have peaked at «very high». In the last 12 months, the average of the level of NO2 was 66µg/m3, which is above EU limit of 40µg/m3. The quai has now and then topped 100µg/m3,

Airparif also said pollution levels were up to double those allowed by the regulations. Five pollutants posed problems in the capital: benzene, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and the fine particles PM10 and PM2,5.

City mayor Anne Hidalgo has a plan. Last week (September 27) she arranged the city`s first «day without cars», and that arrangement led to a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution.

Some parts of Paris registered about 40% less nitrogen dioxide in the air on September 27!

The noise was recorded by half in the same areas. Wow!

It is nitrogen dioxide that is producing smog. Can you imagine how it was on Champs-Èlysèes that day? The bustling Avenue des Champs-Èlysèes lowered the nitrogen dioxide levels by 30% that sunday. In other words; The last day of Tour de France is a great day! (I`m a bicycle enthusiast).

In a few weeks, many of the important world leaders will come together in Paris for what has been billed as the world`s biggest ever climate change conference. COP21 will seek an International agreement on dramatic measures to keep global warming below 2C. This is the war world leaders should spend time on.

I`m glad we have some leaders we can TRUST!

 

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