A new climate deal was struck in Glasgow, while the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was struck down in Maryland.

Happening in the World: The Glasgow Climate Pact—a new deal struck at the COP26 summit in Glasgow—is the first climate agreement to explicitly make plans to reduce coal. The pact also includes more urgent emission cuts and pledges money for developing countries to help them adapt to climate impacts. However, the deal’s commitments will not be enough to limit temperature rise to 1.5C (BBC). 

Happening in the US: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree received a police escort into the city Saturday morning as it rode in from Maryland. The tree is a 79-foot-tall Norway Spruce, originally cut down in Elkton, Maryland. The road trip required New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware permits, demonstrating the tree’s lengthy—and challenging—journey to NYC (CNN). 

Happening in NYC: According to city data, the NYPD has the most employees requesting an exemption to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the city’s public workers. The data showed that 6,179 employees—11% of the NYPD’s 52,100 employees—have requested a religious or medical exception. The FDNY comes in second in overall accommodation requests, with 10.4% of its employees applying for exemptions to the mandate (Gothamist). 

Happening in Our Community: While there are no events today, starting tomorrow, November 15, students can receive a free library card by visiting the New York Public Library Morningside Branch. Students can drop into room 203 inside Butler Library anytime from 10 am to 4 pm, and receive their free card. More information is available here

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