News in an instant: Boris Johnson’s COP26 warning, Melbourne Cup back, Squid Game crypto-crash and ever tried a space taco?

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It is Tuesday, November 2nd – let’s get into that.

First one thing you should know – it’s one minute to midnight ‘on the doomsday clock

Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson

It says the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who started COP26 with a sharp warning: the planet will face “doomsday” if world leaders do not pull one out “James-Bond” victory.

To host the UN Global Climate Conference, the UK is trying to secure one key goal: global net zero emissions by 2050.

“But the tragedy is that this is not a movie, and the doomsday apparatus is real, and the clock is ticking to the furious rhythm of hundreds of billions of pistons and turbines and furnaces and engines,” Johnson said.

“It’s a minute to midnight on the doomsday clock, and we must act now.

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Something you want to hear about today – Melbourne Cup is back 🏇

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For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, thousands of players will come to Flemington today to watch the race stop a nation.

In the spirit of the whole global pandemic things, however, there will be some changes:

  • Only 5 percent of the tickets were offered to the public, which is equivalent to a few hundred ticket holders
  • Spectators will be divided into three zones and are not allowed to roam the racetrack
  • Punters must be fully vaccinated, wear mask indoors and be seated to eat and drink

“To actually have noise and crowds and emotions at the races, I think a lot of it will be a great benefit to the horses if they can cope with the day and the heat that leads into the race,” says jockey Craig Williams.

News while you slept

Let’s get you up and running:

  • ONE tremor with a magnitude of 5.9 has hit off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, but fortunately there were no immediate reports of injuries
  • ONE 21 storey apartment complex under construction has collapsed in Nigeria’s largest city, killed at least three people and leaves dozens more missing, officials and witnesses say
  • Facebook says it has removed one “troll farm” with more than 1,000 Facebook and Instagram accounts that were said to be run by the Nicaraguan government and the country’s ruling party
  • And Queen Elizabeth has called on world leaders to make the fight against climate change a “common cause”

News Australians are searching for

  • Texas abortion – A majority of the US Supreme Court has signaled that they will allow abortion providers pursue a lawsuit to a law in Texas that has virtually ended abortion in the state after six weeks of pregnancy
  • Play squid – A cryptocurrency inspired by the South Korean Netflix hit Play squid shot up when buyers jumped in – but now links to its website and social media are dead, Business Insider reports, suggesting it was probably a scam

Before you go ….

Have ever tried one space taco? Of course you have not, you are a pure earth dweller.

But it has astronaut Megan McArthur.

Megan Mcarthur aboard the ISS eats a liquid taco.

After harvesting the first crop of chili peppers that grew on board International Room Station – one of their “most challenging station plant experiments to date” – the space shuttle veteran put the results to good use.

Science … what can it not do?

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