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Policy, Guns and Money: COP26, Australia’s largest heroin seizure and the Facebook outage

Posted By on October 29, 2021 @ 13:30

The COP26 climate summit kicks off on Sunday in Glasgow, where it’s expected that leaders will bring bigger commitments to 2030 emissions-reduction targets and outline bolder climate policies. ASPI’s Robert Glasser and Anastasia Kapetas discuss Australia’s climate commitments going into the summit, and whether they are sufficient to address the impacts of climate change in Australia and our region. They also discuss the recent US Department of Defense climate risk analysis [1].

Australian authorities recently seized a record 450 kilograms of heroin, the largest heroin shipment ever detected in Australia. ASPI’s John Coyne and Teagan Westendorf discuss the significance of this seizure and consider whether a seizure of this size leads to less product being available or less consumption.

Earlier this month, a global outage left users unable to access Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger for six to seven hours. Karly Winkler and Jocelinn Kang of ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre discuss the causes and impacts of the outage and the potential for such outages to affect critical infrastructure.

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[1] Department of Defense climate risk analysis: https://media.defense.gov/2021/Oct/21/2002877353/-1/-1/0/DOD-CLIMATE-RISK-ANALYSIS-FINAL.PDF?source=GovDelivery

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