From rapidly approaching climate crisis tipping points to the $4.5 trillion cost of failing to help the world’s poor fight COVID

A new study published in the journal BioScience says 16 out of 31 key indicators of the global climate crisis are getting worse and either approaching, or exceeding, key tipping points as the earth heats up.

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Alok Sharma, the UK’s president-designate of COP26, says governments around the world must agree to end the use of coal power to avoid the worst ravages of climate breakdown.

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New research into the ‘social cost of carbon’ published in Nature Communications says the lifestyles of around three average Americans will create enough planet-heating emissions to kill one person, with the emissions from a single coal-fired power plant likely to result in more than 900 deaths.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says failing to halt the spread of highly infectious variants of Covid-19 in poor countries could cost the global economy USD $4.5 trillion as it urged rich countries to take immediate action to share at least 1 billion doses of Covid vaccines with developing nations.

Related: COVID-19 vaccine inequality widens gap in global recovery, IMF says

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says plans in wealthy nations to give their populations COVID-19 vaccine booster shots could have ‘huge implications’ for the availability of doses globally.

Related: World Bank rolls out new financing scheme for COVAX vaccine purchases

 

Plans to establish an ‘mRNA vaccine technology-transfer hub’ in Africa to help the continent develop the capabilities needed to manufacture its own vaccines are running into a major hurdle as both Pfizer and Moderna have yet to signal any interest in working with the facility, something health experts say is needed to if the hub is to get up and running in time to help end the pandemic.

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Health experts are increasingly concerned that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is spilling over into a broader distrust of vaccinations in general, with potentially devastating consequences for other immunisation campaigns around the world.

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Global health experts have criticised US President Joe Biden for his failure to nominate a new leader for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) during a pandemic that is particularly dire for those with HIV despite his being in office for more than half a year.

 

The Biden administration has put foreign assistance at the centre of its new strategy to deter migration from the Northern Triangle countries countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Related: Biden administration launches reboot of Prosper Africa initiative

 

The French parliament has passed a bill pledging to allocate 0.7% of the country’s gross national income to official development assistance by 2025.

Related: EU Council proposes 2022 NDICI budget reduction

 

As UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore prepares to step down from her position at the top of the agency, Devex looks at the key challenges her successor will face when they take on the role.

 

Education campaigners have blamed the British government’s aid cut for undermining the UK’s leadership position as co-host of this week’s Global Education Summit after fundraising efforts fell USD $1 billion short of the USD $5 billion in financing that is said to be needed to help remedy the schooling crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Time magazine takes a look at what Amazon founder Jeff Bezos philanthropic efforts to date can say about his priorities after his recent private trip to space, at an estimated cost of USD $5.5 billion, renewed scrutiny of the world’s richest man’s meagre philanthropic efforts, particularly in comparison to his peers.

 

The Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) on the Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the Region says the total number of Venezuelans fleeing their country could reach seven million people in the first quarter of 2022, a figure that would make it the largest migration crisis in the world.

 

CGIAR has unveiled a new research and innovation prospectus, currently comprising 33 Initiatives, which aims to ‘transform food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis’.

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