Can we actually learn to live with coronavirus? Not until we have a vaccine

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As we move into the last quarter of 2020, the virus that has defined this troubled year is showing no signs of going away. In the absence of a vaccine or a broadly effective treatment, some are now saying that we must learn to live with COVID-19. But what does that actually look like? It's a complicated question that boils down to this: Should we allow SARS-CoV-2 to spread through most of the population while shielding all the elderly and those a...
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Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can they be transformative?

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The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match the magnitude of the challenge. If his administration focuses only on what is politically possible and fails to build a coordinated response that also addresses the social and economic ramifications of both climate change and the U.S. policy response, it is unlikely to succeed. I have spent much of my career wor...
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China's plan to launch the world’s largest carbon trading scheme by 2025

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China's national emissions trading scheme (ETS) is expected to eclipse that of the European Union to become the world's largest carbon trading scheme.The scheme is designed to include all major industrial sectors, from construction to power generation.While first mentioned in 2015 ahead of the Paris climate agreement, technical problems have plagued the scheme, delaying it for a further 5 years. China is targeting the launch of a nationwide emiss...
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How investing in girls' education could return billions in GDP

How investing in girls' education could return billions in GDP
For every dollar invested into girls' rights and education, developing nations could see a return of $2.80, according to a new report.Targets to improve girls education are included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, signed by world leaders in 2015.Around 130 million girls worldwide were out of school before COVID-19, according to UNESCO, and more than 11 million may not return to classes. Making sure all girls are finishing secondary edu...
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The world's poorest people are owed $5.7 trillion, says Oxfam

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• Last year, OECD members only gave 0.3% of their GNI to aid – less than the 0.7% promised. • 0.7% would help the world's poorest countries meet the SDGs for a decade. • Stable aid flows are needed more than ever during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. On 24 October 1970, the world's richest countries made a promise that would better the lives of people around the world. They committed to give a small percentage of their income – just 0.7% – in i...
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Why the world needs a 'circular bioeconomy' - for jobs, biodiversity and prosperity

Why the world needs a 'circular bioeconomy' - for jobs, biodiversity and prosperity
Our current economic system has failed to value nature.We need a new economic model: a circular bioeconomy.As part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative, HRH The Prince of Wales establishes Circular Bioeconomy Alliance to accelerate transformation to climate- and nature-positive economy. There is no future for business as usual. Our current economic system, which arguably has succeeded in creating unprecedented economic output, wealth and human w...
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How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

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Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The sharpest declines have occurred throughout the world's rivers and lakes, where freshwater wildlife has plummeted by 84% since 1970 – about 4% per year. But why should we care? Because the health of nature is intimately linked to the health of humans. The em...
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Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience

Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience
Recovery from COVID-19 will require greater transparency in fishing activity.Pandemic has meant surveillance has been suspendedHi-tech innovations offer potential solutions. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, its myriad negative consequences are slowly becoming clearer. While many of the impacts have been unmistakable, with entire countries locked down, some are playing out far away from our homes and shorelines, in the open oce...
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David Attenborough leads call for world to invest $500 billion a year to protect nature

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Sir David Attenborough has led a call for global investment of $500 billion annually to support current biodiversity.Attenborough emphasised the risks of doing nothing - for all of us.The call was made as a UN summit began aimed at boosting action to protecting wildlife. British broadcaster David Attenborough on Wednesday led a campaign by conservation groups for the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction of nature, saying th...
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Why universal testing could help bring the pandemic to an end

Why universal testing could help bring the pandemic to an end
Across the world companies and government are consolidating their efforts on developing and distributing an effective vaccine against COVID-19.But is it the only way we can end the pandemic?Three leading economists present the idea that a government-led, universal testing strategy could put an end to the crisis in a matter of months. Research to develop a safe, effective, and widely available COVID-19 vaccine is advancing rapidly. But when it wil...
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