From a call to rewild on a massive scale to a green alternative to China’s Belt and Road initiative

UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have called for the the revival of ecosystems to be met with the ‘ambition of the space race’ in a new report that says the world must rewild and restore at least 1 billion hectares of land, an area the size of China, by 2030 to meet commitments on nature and the climate.

Related: UN body pushed to demand stronger climate action from Australia to save Great Barrier Reef

 

A new risk analysis from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) warns ice sheets and ocean currents at risk of climate tipping points can destabilise each other as the world heats up, leading to a domino effect with severe consequences for humanity.

Related: Climate crisis is suffocating the world’s lakes, study finds

 

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change says more than a third of all heat-related deaths around the world between 1991 and 2018 can be attributed to human-induced global heating.

Related: Key species at risk if planet heats up by more than 1.5C, report finds

 

Tearfund, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), say the G7 have pumped billions of dollars more into fossil fuels than they have into clean energy since the Covid-19 pandemic, despite their promises of a green recovery.

Related: UK investors urge G7 to force firms to reveal their climate change exposure

 

The G7 is reportedly planning to launch a green alternative to China’s Belt and Road initiative,  called the ‘Clean Green Initiative’, at next week’s summit in Cornwall.

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Donors pledged USD $2.4 billion to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment at a virtual summit hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and José Manuel Barroso, board chair at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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The US government has announced it will distribute 19 million COVID-19 doses through COVAX as part of the first tranche of its pledged 80 million dose donation, with a further 6 million doses to be given directly to specific countries and territories.

Related: UNICEF signs Sputnik V vaccine agreement as COVAX appeals for 1B doses

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a shock Commons defeat over plans to cut the UK’s aid budget after dozens of his own MPs backed an amendment to reverse the cuts.

Related: UK aid watchdog ICAI’s funding cut by 15%, MPs say

 

The Biden Administration’s fiscal year 2022 budget request includes a roughly 12% increase for foreign assistance programs and provides details on how the Administration plans to spend ‘some USD $58.5 billion to accelerate its priorities around global health, combating climate change, and Central America’.

Related: US officials call for aid access, end to violence in Ethiopia

 

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates are reportedly discussing leadership changes for their foundation, including adding a board and outside directors, in the wake of their divorce announcement, a move philanthropy experts say could bring much-needed accountability to the world’s largest private foundation.

 

Cybersecurity experts say the recent USAID hack that mimicked the agency’s email marketing account to target development and humanitarian organisations could be a ‘watershed moment’ for the sector to prioritise information security.

 

Eye health advocates have welcomed the 74th World Health Assembly’s move to adopt global targets to increase coverage of ‘critical eye health care interventions to prevent refractive errors and cataracts — two of the leading causes of blindness and vision impairment’.