Because of climate change, “all around the world, people are losing their homes and being forced to migrate”, he informed the meeting, adding that the situation “will only get worse unless we act now with ambition and urgency”.Just last week, reports surfaced that “Himalayan glaciers are melting at double the rate since the turn of this century”, threatening water supplies throughout Central, South and East Asia, according to Mr. Guterres.Moreover, he pointed out that “Arctic permafrost is melting decades earlier than even worst-case scenarios”, threatening to unlock vast amounts of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.“It is plain to me that we have no time to lose,” Mr. Guterres said. “Sadly, it is not yet plain to all the decision makers that run our world.” Even more worrying, he continued, “is that many countries are not even keeping pace with their promises under the Paris Agreement.”Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century will require “rapid and far-reaching transitions” in how we manage land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities, he stressed. “That is why I am convening the Climate Action Summit in September.” The Abu Dhabi meeting, which is in preparation for the September Summit, aims to take stock of progress across all the areas that the Summit is looking to promote, from industrial transition to nature-based solutions to climate finance for both mitigation and adaptation.Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us — UN chief“The Climate Action Summit is an opportunity for political, business and civil society leaders to set an example”, flagged the UN chief, “and here in Abu Dhabi, we are pointing the right direction”.“Our Summit must be open, inclusive and honest, and the work we take forward must be effective, just and fair – for those on the frontlines of the crisis today and especially for the generations to come”, the Secretary-General concluded.Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment said: “We are here today, in a region known for its hydrocarbon economy … and yet, through forward-thinking policies, we have now made solar the cheapest source of power.” “Climate disruption is happening now, and it is happening to all of us”, he warned. “It is progressing even faster than the world’s top scientists have predicted”.The UN chief lamented that it is “outpacing our efforts to address it” with each week bringing “new climate-related devastation” from floods, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires and superstorms.The increasing urgency posed by #ClimateChange is in focus at a ministerial-level meeting in #AbuDhabi today and Monday, chaired by @antonioguterres and intended to galvanize initiatives for September’s #ClimateAction Summit https://t.co/bKTf3KNI5e pic.twitter.com/QjP1gCr73Z— WMO | OMM (@WMO) June 30, 2019
An art student was arrested and charged with making “revenge porn” for including a naked photograph of her former boyfriend in a university project. Lauren Smith, 26, included a heavily-cropped photograph of the man in a piece of artwork, which was awarded a first and published on her artwork Facebook page -but none of her personal social media accounts.The University of Lincoln student was charged with disclosing a private, sexual photograph with intent to cause distress – the charge commonly known as “revenge porn” after her former boyfriend claimed to have identified himself and was “embarrassed”.The original image had been ‘topped and tailed’ to edit out the head and genitals, but the complainant argued he could identify himself in it.The artist made no reference as to who the image, set within a number of other photographs, depicted, a court heard.Ms Smith denied the charge, alleged to have been committed between May and September last year, and was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.Before a jury was sworn to hear the case judge said he had “real misgivings” about the prosecution’s arguments. He highlighted the purpose of the law, which was introduced by Parliament to tackle the increasing numbers of incidents whereby sexually explicit images or video are uploaded to the internet to humiliate the individual depicted and without their consent. Judge Philip St.John-Stevens questioned whether there was any intent or distress caused, and said the legislation introduced by Parliament was “a reaction to what is not an uncommon occurrence” of revenge pornography. She created art work “revolving around the female gaze” The judge said Ms Smith’s case had to be viewed in context, explaining: “It’s an image within a number of images in a piece of artwork submitted to university and marked for its artistic merit.”What is the evidence that the cropped image is of the person the Crown purport it to be? Even if that individual is correct in his belief that it is him, the image has specifically had the head removed and edited and the genitalia edited. “Nowhere in the artwork does it refer to him or that it was him. If he believes it is him, it is not an offence if it’s only him that thinks it was him. How does anyone else know it is?”He also said that distress could only be caused if the subject was identifiable by others, telling the court: “This image has had everything done to it to ensure the identity of the person isn’t revealed. Anyone looking at this could not identify the person in that photograph.”Prosecutor Oliver Dunkin, after this explanation, decided not to submit any evidence and told the court: “We were all in agreement that now we have consideration of the art project and looking at the case properly in the round, we cannot put this forward to a jury.” The judge therefore entered a formal not guilty verdict and awarded Ms Smith, who is still at university, travel costs of £240.50.Speaking after the hearing, a relieved Ms Smith, from Gainsborough, welcomed revenge porn legislation but said she had not committed such an offence. “I am glad the offence is there because people do do that. It’s like having a safety blanket if anyone does anything like that,” she said. “But mine just wasn’t like that. I was just making art and this case is not what the offence is there for.”An offence of revenge porn carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in England and Wales, and five years in Scotland. It is described as ‘the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress’. The legislation covers images showing sexual activity, or with genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed or covered only by underwear. Both sharing the material and posting online is considered an offence. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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