ABU DHABI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES , February 11 – 2019 :- María Fernanda Espinosa , President of UN General Assembly during her visit at The National office in Twofour54 building 6 in Abu Dhabi.  ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For News/Instagram
Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of UN General Assembly during her visit at The National's office in Abu Dhabi. Pawan Singh / The National

The clock is ticking to combat climate change



Barely a week passes without another warning that the world is sleepwalking towards climate-change catastrophe. But is anyone listening? This week Maria Fernanda Espinosa, president of the United Nations General Assembly, delivered an uncompromising message. While in the UAE for the World Government Summit, held in Dubai, she gave an exclusive interview to The National, criticising world governments for doing far too little to stave off disaster. Also in Dubai was the Star Wars actor Harrison Ford, joining the battle to save planet Earth. He appealed to governments, including his own, to abandon economic self-interest for the sake of humanity.

Laurent Fabius, the former French prime minister who forged the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting global warming, condemned as selfish leaders who “put the next election ahead of the next generation”. He pointed directly at US President Donald Trump, who has scrapped America’s commitment to the agreement. But, with or without the US on board, it is now clear to anyone prepared to face facts that climate change is a crisis of such magnitude that only the most radical of solutions can halt it.

All efforts at mitigation must, of course, be applauded. Ms Espinosa praised the UAE for its commitment to the development of renewable energy resources. Around the world, recycling is becoming the norm. Hope can also be found in the increasing awareness of young people – in the UK this Friday thousands of school pupils will take part in dozens of Youth Strike 4 Climate events, echoing similar movements around the world. But no amount of recycling, doing away with plastic bags or switching to electric cars is going to save us. Similarly, no single nation can hope to make an appreciable impact on its own. The world is facing a crisis that requires a global response and, with the clock running down, it is time for an honest reappraisal of what we mean by "sustainable development".

Over the past 40 years, consumption of natural gas, crude oil and coal has doubled to an all-time high. Only on three occasions has this trend been significantly, if only temporarily, reversed – during the three recessions between 1974 and 2008. The wholly unavoidable, if politically unpalatable conclusion is that cities, economies and nations can no longer go on competitively expanding at a rate with which alternative energy cannot hope to keep pace. If the world is to be saved, its leaders must quickly find the courage to think the unthinkable and make tough, unpopular decisions. If they don’t, it could be too late.

List of alleged parties

May 15 2020: PM and Carrie attend 'work meeting' with at
least 17 staff members

May 20 2020: PM and Carrie attend 'bring your own booze'
party

Nov 27 2020: PM gives speech at leaving do for his staff

Dec 10 2020: Staff party held by then-education secretary
Gavin Williamson

Dec 13 2020: PM and Carrie throw a flat party

Dec 14 2020: London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey holds staff party at Conservative
Party headquarters

Dec 15 2020: PM takes part in a staff quiz

Dec 18 2020: Downing Street Christmas party

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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Electric scooters: some rules to remember
  • Riders must be 14-years-old or over
  • Wear a protective helmet
  • Park the electric scooter in designated parking lots (if any)
  • Do not leave electric scooter in locations that obstruct traffic or pedestrians
  • Solo riders only, no passengers allowed
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