Mood – Seeking mercy before World Kindness Day, with one-in-100M cotton candy lobster saved from the pot (4/10)

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As COP26 winds up, we’re looking for breakthroughs before World Kindness Day. Paris agreement architects say world leaders will have to return to negotiating next year because the proposed Glasgow climate change targets are too weak. As The Royal British Legion is urged to create recyclable red poppies, this couple is seeking advice on relationship-wrecking reuse of teabags. Belarus’s pipeline threats could mean even higher gas prices. While Cuthbert the Caterpillar is arrested in Aldi’s Christmas advert, John Lewis stands accused of copying the Electric Dreams arrangement in its own festive promotion. This 105-year-old is not happy with her world record, despite running 100m in just over a minute. The FTSE All-Share looks in need of some assistance today.

PROVIDING FOR CONTINGENCIES

We’re preparing plan Bs, with pupils in England set to sit repeated mock A-levels and GCSEs in case COVID-19 causes the real exams to be cancelled for the third consecutive year. NASA is preparing to launch the world’s first planetary defence mission, attacking an asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Toshiba is splitting into three. As AstraZeneca’s nine-month revenues rise by 32%, helped by its Alexion takeover and the sale of $2.2bn of COVID-19 vaccines, Australia’s Monash University wants to capture a slice of the multi-billion-dollar psychedelic medicines market.

KEEPING GOING WHILE STOCKS LAST

Alibaba enjoyed record sales on China’s Singles Day, while this Edison research says financial market data provider ADVFN has benefited from volatility during the pandemic and rapidly growing market interest in cryptocurrencies. As Amazon starts running London buses, Jeff Bezos is said to be buying a $78m mansion in Hawaii. Airbnb’s international bookings have soared 44% since America reopened its air borders. Watch this video of 90,000 birds migrating from Iceland to Norfolk’s mudflats.

SAVING OUR GRACE

Research appears to confirm that cats really do give a whiskers about their owners’ whereabouts. And Haddie, a ‘one in 100m’ cotton candy lobster has been saved from a cooking pot.

PERRY’S PERSONAL VIEW FROM GLASGOW

Kelly Perry, Edison director and head of ESG

The surprising agreement between the US and China to enhance cooperation and tackle climate change to meet 1.5°C shows promise. However, while this was a seismic declaration from a geopolitical point of view, the substance and details are lacking. Given that China has not yet reached its carbon emissions peak and with the scientific community agreeing the 1.5°C target has been and gone, it is hard to not be sceptical.

The International Energy Agency has made it clear that in order to meet net zero targets and limit warming to 1.5°C there must be no new development of oil, coal and gas and the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance, formed by Denmark and Costa Rica, has been joined by six more nations. While this shows promise, notable absences including the UK, Russia, US and Saudi Arabia, mean this alliance still misses the mark.

Until Sunday,

The Stream Team

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