The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the global COVID-19 death toll has passed 4 million, a figure which WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says ‘likely underestimates the overall toll’.
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has urged G20 leaders to donate 2 to 3 billion more doses of Covid vaccines to COVAX and provide an ‘equitable allocation of these vaccines to the most vulnerable places where they are needed’.
Scientists from World Weather Attribution say last week’s heat dome above British Columbia, Washington state and Portland, Oregon, shows the world needs to step up preparations for extreme heat, which may be hitting faster and harder than previously forecast.
A new 20-year study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health says more than 5 million people die each year globally because of excessively hot or cold conditions, with heat-related deaths on the rise.
A new analysis of the latest climate research conducted by Politico warns the climate crisis could ‘drive a a wedge into one of the European Union’s biggest political fault lines,’ with Southern Europe facing a future of devastating drought, urban heat and agricultural decline that will create a massive economic gap between it and Northern countries.
Leaders from the Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), a group representing the economies from the larger 48 member Climate Vulnerable Forum, have blamed rich countries for failing to deliver long-overdue climate funding, calling on the world’s wealthiest to urgently meet their promise of mobilising USD $100 billion in climate finance per year to help lower-income countries deal with the effects of climate change, and for additional money for climate adaptation, more private sector investment, and more grants as opposed to loans.
UN Officials have told the UN Security Council more than 400,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray are now in famine and that there was a risk of more clashes in the region.
Devex provides a rundown of how much COVID-19 funding went to USAID’s top 10 grantees in 2020.
2020 saw the world’s wind and solar energy capacity grow at a record rate as the oil industry recorded its steepest slump in demand since the second world war, according to BP’s annual report.