From the looming threat of hitting the 1.5C temperature limit to a historic day for climate activists

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says there’s a 40% chance of at least one year between now and 2025 being 1.5C hotter than the pre-industrial levels.

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A Dutch court has ruled oil giant Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2019 levels, the first time a company has been legally obliged to align its policies with the Paris climate accords.

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The G7 group of countries have agreed to end financial support for coal development overseas.

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US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order instructing US government agencies to prepare for climate-related shocks across the economy.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the world could end the COVID-19 pandemic by mid-2022 by vaccinating 60 per cent of the global population at a cost of USD $50 billion.

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While limited supplies and resources have hampered the COVID vaccine rollout in many African countries, Health officials from those who have had relatively successful rollouts to date say increased disruptions to supplies risk undermining that success if public interest drops off before they can secure enough doses.

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Mike Ryan, executive director at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme, says ‘underfunding and earmarking of funds risks paralysing WHO’s ability to provide rapid and flexible support to countries’.

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Prashant Yadav, an expert on healthcare supply chains, says the COVID crisis has shown the need to expand and diversify manufacturing and production of health products, from vaccines to PPE, to ensure there are ‘multiple lanes’ for health products to avoid the risk of domestic need getting in the way of global distribution as is happening in India right now.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the world’s most neglected displacement crisis, citing ‘overwhelming needs and an acute lack of funding, as well as media and diplomatic inattention’.

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Microsoft says hackers linked to Russia’s main intelligence agency used USAID’s email system to access the computer networks of human rights groups and other organisations of the sort that have been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Major packaging producers, supermarkets, and environmental charities, have called for the G7 summit to agree to a global treaty on plastic to tackle the waste crisis.

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Mauricio Claver-Carone, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), says the US has allowed China to gain an economic foothold in Latin America underfunding the bank and ignoring how China has used its membership of the bank to win a disproportionate share of contracts.

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