From the need for countries to drastically ramp up emission reduction targets to COVID-19’s crippling impact on poor countries’ economies

A new UN assessment of countries’ carbon emission reduction pledges says if all national pledges submitted so far were fulfilled, global emissions would be reduced by only 1% by 2030, a far cry from the 45% reduction scientists says is needed over that period to keep global heating to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) says the energy industry’s carbon emissions are on-track to surpass pre-pandemic levels this year, leading IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol to urge governments to put clean energy policies in place now to prevent a return to the ‘carbon-intensive business as usual’ approach of the world pre-COVID-19.


UN Secretary General António Guterres called for all planned coal projects around the world to be cancelled to end the  world’s ‘deadly addiction’ to the fossil fuel, describing the phasing out of coal from the electricity sector as the single most important step to tackle the climate crisis.

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The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) says thousands of people in the world’s most fragile states are at risk of starvation as the COVID-19 pandemic cripples their economies, making the world’s poorest even poorer.

Related: 514 million Africans risk falling below extreme poverty line in 2021 due to COVID-19


A new report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says a temporary basic income (TBI) given specifically to hundreds of millions of women in the world’s developing countries could prevent ‘rising poverty and widening gender inequalities’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With the Covid-19 pandemic broadening global awareness of the threat of new infectious diseases spreading from animals to humans, conservationists and public health experts are forging stronger ties as they look to use the pandemic to convince policymakers to do more to protect natural systems from further destruction.

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Aid groups working in Yemen say 400,000 children under five in the country are at risk of dying from malnutrition.

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The British government has slashed humanitarian funding to Yemen by nearly 60% as part of broader cuts being made to drop the UK’s aid budget from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5%.

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A group of 29 climate activists and activist groups have written to the OECD expressing ‘grave concern’ over Australian politician Mathias Cormann’s bid to be its next secretary-general, saying Cormann’s record in a government that ‘persistently failed to take effective action’ to cut emissions while blocking international action meant he was ‘not a suitable candidate’ for the role.