The weather, currently.
Today’s wake up temperature of 9°C feels like a cruel blow after the recent burst of warm days. And the top of 14°C isn’t much better. It will be partly cloudy today, with a high chance of showers, and those thunderstorms may return in the afternoon and evening, bringing the chance of small hail. West to south-westerly winds of 20 to 30 km/h will ease off in the late evening as we head into another couple of showery days. The downpours of the last day or so mean that our flood warnings are back on the table, for the Yarra and Watts Rivers, as well as in flood watch areas in the east of the State. Check www.bom.gov.au/warnings for regular updates as the situation can change rapidly.
— Megan Herbert
What you need to know, currently.
Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, is in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, covering COP27 — the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Read Anna’s story summarizing the first week of the climate summit, the biggest issues at hand, and what work still needs to be done:
“COP27 must be remembered as the ‘Implementation COP’ — the one where we restore the grand bargain that is at the center of the Paris Agreement,” Sameh Shoukry, the minister of foreign affairs of Egypt, who was elected as the President of COP27, said at the opening ceremony of the global climate conference.
It cannot be yet another summit of promises or “blah blah blah” as Greta Thunberg once said. It needs to be one of action.
Held in Egypt’s seaside resort town, Sharm El-Sheikh, COP27 began on November 6 and will likely go on till November 19. From faulty wifi to overpriced food, the Egypt presidency has seemingly tried its best to make civil society participation as limited as possible. Even hotels are charging a “COP premium” demanding cash in hand during check-out.”
Anna will be on the ground all week, interviewing activists and attendees, follow along on in your inbox and on Twitter.