Climate talks, NotMac&Cheese, and Jazz music in this edition of Bwoglines!

Happening in the World: The UAE’s hosting of this year’s U.N. climate talks has sparked controversy as an oil-dependent nation aims to balance economic interests and climate concerns. Critics argue that the UAE’s ties to the fossil fuel industry compromise the credibility of the negotiations. The country contends that it seeks a gradual shift to renewable energy while continuing oil production to fund future transitions. However, skeptics raise concerns about the feasibility of the UAE’s carbon reduction targets and reliance on yet-to-be-commercialized technologies. (NYT)

Happening in the US: The Kraft Heinz Co. said Wednesday it’s bringing dairy-free macaroni and cheese to the U.S. for the first time. The company will be recreating the same creamy texture and flavor of its beloved 85-year-old original Mac & Cheese by using ingredients like fava bean protein and coconut oil powder. NotMac&Cheese will be available in white cheddar and original and will be rolled out in stores across the US over the next few months. (NBC)

Happening in NYC: Sometime next week, the Traffic Mobility Review Board will present to the MTA board for approval. They will be recommending a $15 congestion pricing toll for all drivers who enter Manhattan below 60th Street. Congestion pricing generates over 1 Billion dollars each fiscal year for the MTA which is essential for them to finance all major improvement projects. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: On Friday, December 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program is hosting an evening of music with special guest Anat Cohen and Columbia’s top jazz ensembles. The event will be held at the Forum at Columbia University, 601 W. 125th St. Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Mac and Cheese via Flickr