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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
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Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news

The world's biggest carbon-removal plant just opened. In a year, it'll negate just 3 seconds' worth of global emissions.

"Orca," Climeworks' new facility in Iceland, can capture 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Business Wire via AP The world's biggest carbon-capture plant - which sucks carbon dioxide out of the air - just opened. A UN report says carbon capture technology is necessary if the world wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. But many experts think the tech is too expensive and not scalable in the next few decades. See more stories on Insider's business page. Framed by a backdrop of ...
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The World Health Organization compiles data on global COVID-19 vaccine figures but says it can't reveal how many of its own staff have been vaccinated

In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, a health worker administers a dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson in the Medina neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal. Leo Correa/AP Photo The World Health Organization refused to say how many of its staff have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The agency told the Associated Press the information was "confidential." In April, the agency said it was against vaccine mandates. See more stories on Insider's business page. The World Healt...
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COVID-19 rates are soaring in Afghanistan as healthcare facilities collapse, says health minister

A physically disabled girl walks with a walker at the physically disabled center of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Herat, Afghanistan on September 02, 2021. The center is the only disability support center in Afghanistan. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Afghanistan's acting health minister told Insider that 1/3 of the tests are coming back positive. Vaccination and testing rates are dropping. Healthcare facilities are on the verge of collapse, with...
Tags: Health, Science, Trends, Getty Images, Afghanistan, Public Health, Taliban, Healthcare, Kabul, Un, World Bank, Red Cross, International Committee, KABUL Afghanistan, Reuters Major, Herat Afghanistan

Droughts have killed the most people in the world's worst natural disasters over the last 50 years

Empty boat docks sit on dry land at the Browns Ravine Cove area of drought-stricken Folsom Lake, currently at 37% of its normal capacity, in Folsom, Calif., Saturday, May 22, 2021. AP Photo/Josh Edelson Droughts killed the most people of the world's most deadly weather-related disasters, the UN said. A new report released Tuesday highlights an increase in weather-related disasters but fewer deaths. More than 90% of deaths occured in developing countries. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Science, News, Climate Change, Africa, US, Trends, Drought, Un, Natural Disaster, North America, Folsom Lake, WMO, Folsom Calif, World Meteorological Organization

WHO opens pandemic intelligence hub to look out for future crises

New centre in Berlin aims to make it easier for governments to compare notes on emerging infectious diseasesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA World Health Organization “pandemic intelligence hub” launched by the UN agency’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Germany’s Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday will try to help governments identify future pandemics at an earlier stage and improve monitoring of new variant strains of Covid-19.The hub, which wil...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, World news, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, World Health Organization, Un, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus

The World Is Officially Free of Leaded Gasoline

The UN Environment Program announced on Monday that the world has officially banished leaded gasoline. The end of the use of this dangerous fuel has been a long time coming, and the day is finally here: According to the UN, the world’s last reserves of leaded gasoline were used up last month at a refinery in Algeria.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, General Motors, Chemistry, Un, Algeria, Environmental Protection Agency, Gasoline, Exxon, Fossil Fuel, Lead Poisoning, UN Environment Program, Fuels, Inger Andersen, Chemical Substances, Petroleum Products

UN says use of leaded petrol is officially over, a landmark that will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths per year

FILE PHOTO: A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo The United Nations Environment Programme says the era of leaded petrol is officially over. The milestone will prevent over 1.2 million premature deaths a year. Leaded petrol causes heart disease, strokes, cancer, and stunts brain development, UNEP says. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
Tags: Science, News, Environment, Trends, Britain, United Nations, Carbon Emissions, Un, Norway, Algeria, Greenhouse Gas, United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, Mumbai India, Netherlands France, Jake Epstein

A nation's healthcare system at 'risk of collapse.' Afghan doctors and health minister describe the looming catastrophe.

People gather to check on missing relatives a day after a twin suicide bombs attack, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops outside Kabul airport, at a hospital run by Italian NGO Emergency in Kabul on August 27, 2021 Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP Insider investigated the state of healthcare in Afghanistan under the Taliban. One midwife said she cannot get to work and says she is "devastated." Afghanistan is fast running out of medical supplies, said the World Health Organizat...
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How a company managed to produce a 'biochar' fuel from sewage without emitting CO2

Ingelia's co-founder says that, by 2022, the company would be able to replace 220,000 tons of coal with its biochar cylinders. Ingelia Spanish company Ingelia developed an industrial process to produce biocarbon fuel It can be made using sewage. The resulting product burns like coal but the actual production is carbon neutral. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 205...
Tags: Energy, UK, Science, Climate Change, Life, International, Trends, Sustainability, Eu, Spain, Budapest, Italy, Un, Biofuel, Valencia, Tuscany

15 cities that are home to some of the world's best transport solutions

On average, Singapore's commuters spend 84 minutes commuting on public transport each day. Getty Images / Gavin Hellier Traffic jams, air pollution, and faulty infrastructures can make navigating cities a real struggle. By 2050, 68% of the world will live in urban areas, placing strain on cities' transport systems. Oliver Wyman ranked the top 15 cities based on the quality of their public transport systems. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Urban mobility is f...
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UN's new global framework for managing nature: 1st detailed draft agreement launched

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat today released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect Nature and its essential services to people.
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New UN report calls for urgent help for world's oceans

A new United Nations report calls for an urgent change in the way the world's oceans are managed.
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UN Says the Great Barrier Reef Is 'In Danger,' Causing Australia to Have a Meltdown

It’s been clear the Great Barrier Reef is suffering for awhile. Now, the United Nations wants to make it official by adding it to a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger.” But Australia is not down with the change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Environment, Oceans, United Nations, Un, Great Barrier Reef, Scott Morrison, Sussan Ley, Coral Reef, James Cook University, Leys, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Jon Day, Physical Geography, Australian National Heritage List

Innovation projects can reinvent the UN

Researchers at UNIGE demonstrate that innovative projects spearheaded by United Nations (UN) country offices are remodeling the institution and expanding its role. Digital initiatives, particularly those scaled through headquarters, were shown to have the strongest impact, changing ways of working, embedding new skills, and restructuring teams across the UN. These findings, published in the Journal of Management Studies, highlight that fostering even single innovative projects could lead to fund...
Tags: Science, Digital, Un, United Nations UN, UNIGE, Journal of Management Studies

Laptops, cell phones, e-games defied slump as COVID-19 dented 2020's electronics sales: UN

COVID-19 caused a 30% fall in electronic and electrical equipment sales in low- and middle-income countries but only a 5% fall in high-income countries, intensifying the north-south digital divide, the UN says. Sales of heavy appliances like refrigerators fell hardest (6-8%) while laptops, cell phones and gaming equipment defied the general trend, rising in high-income countries and on a global basis, but dropping in low- and middle-income countries.
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UN: More harmful algal bloom impacts emerge amid rising seafood demand, coastal development

Published in a Nature journal, an unprecedented UN analysis of 9,500 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) events recorded globally over 33 years shows harm rising in step with the aquaculture industry, marine exploitation and coastal development. 109 scientists in 35 countries conducted the 7-year study and report HAB events have increased in some regions, decreased or held steady elsewhere -- creating the world's first baseline against which to track future changes.
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Coronavirus live news: Brazil anger as death toll mounts; Olympics will go ahead – Tokyo chief

Brazilian street protests erupt as Bolsonaro addresses nation; Tokyo Games organiser rejects doubters; pandemic pushes 100m into poverty says UN‘So many revolutions to lead’: generation Z on post-Covid futureBiden aims to vaccinate 70% of Americans in ‘month of action’Australian toddler taken to hospital after positive test See all our coronavirus coverage 6.14am BST Reuters:Pot-banging protests erupted across several cities in Brazil last night, as President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the na...
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UN urges intense restoration of nature to address climate and biodiversity crises

Launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a new UN report says that to address climate change, loss of nature and pollution, the world must deliver on existing commitments to restore at least 1 billion degraded hectares of land -- an area comparable to China - in the next decade and add similar commitments for oceans. The report documents the urgent need for restoration, the financial investment required, and the potential returns for people and nature.
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WHO and global faith leaders call for fair access to Covid vaccines

Declaration warns that the world is at a turning point in saving poorer countries from devastationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGlobal faith leaders and senior health and humanitarian figures are calling on countries to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid vaccines, warning that the world is “at a turning point”.The signatories of an international declaration include Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization; Henrietta Fore,...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Poverty, Charities, World Health Organization, Un, Justin Welby, Vaccines and immunisation, Canterbury, International Committee of the Red Cross, Azhar, Ahmed al Tayeb, Peter Maurer, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World met target for protected area coverage on land, but quality must improve

Major progress has been made towards a global target on protected and conserved area coverage set in 2010, but commitments on the quality of these areas have fallen far short, according to a new report from the UN and IUCN.
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Israeli airstrikes wrecked the only coronavirus testing lab in Gaza

Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City after strikes from Israel on May 18, 2021. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images Gaza's only COVID-19 testing facility was damaged by Israeli airstrikes on Monday, officials said. The clinic was damaged when a nearby building was hit, forcing it to stop conducting tests. Gaza already has a high rate of positive coronavirus test, and a low vaccination rate. See more stories on Insider's business page. Israel's airstrikes damaged t...
Tags: Science, Israel, Trends, Speed, Gaza, Middle East, Palestine, News UK, Who, Un, Hamas, The New York Times, Afp, Agence France Presse, Gaza City, Coronavirus

J&J jab linked to more blood clots; double vaccine production, says UN – as it happened

MRNA vaccines appear to neutralise Indian variant; CDC says there is ‘plausible causal association’ between vaccine and dangerous clottingNorway ends use of AstraZeneca vaccine and delays decision on J&JCovid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned reportSpain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 MayScores more bodies of suspected Covid victims found in Indian riversChina has used pandemic to boost global image, report says 12.48am BST This blog is closing dow...
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UM scientist joins team partnering with UN's initiative to map ungulate migrations

University of Montana Professor Mark Hebblewhite has joined an international team of 92 scientists and conservationists to create the first-ever global atlas of ungulate (hoofed mammal) migrations.
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Recycling critical metals in e-waste: Make it the law, experts warn EU, citing raw material security

End-of-life circuit boards, certain magnets in disc drives and electric vehicles, EV and other special battery types, and fluorescent lamps are among several electrical and electronic products containing critical raw materials (CRMs), the recycling of which should be made law, says a new UN-backed report funded by the EU.
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Greta Thunberg says 'we will not give up' on fighting the climate crisis

Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a conference with scientists at the COP25 Climate Conference on December 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders at a virtual press conference. Thunberg said that leaders were not doing enough to honor the 2015 Paris Climate accords. "We will not accept that ... we, the younger generation," Thunberg said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Swedi...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Trends, Speed, Paris, Un, Madrid Spain, Stefan Lofven, Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty, Glasgow Scotland, Climate Crisis, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Azmi Haroun

Global coronavirus deaths just topped 3 million, led by surges in India and Brazil

Cemetery workers in full protective gear lower a coffin that contain the remains of a person who died from complications related to COVID-19 at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. AP Photo/Andre Penner Global coronavirus deaths surpassed 3 million on Saturday. More than a third of those deaths occurred in the US, Brazil, and India. Brazil and India are still seeing devastating surges in coronavirus deaths amid vaccine shortages. See more stories on I...
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Japan scrapped a cartoon mascot meant to promote its plan to dump Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the sea

The cartoon mascot used to promote the release of treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Japan Reconstruction Agency Japan has pulled a mascot representing a cartoon tritium atom happily floating around in wastewater. People said the cuteness of the mascot undermined a serious issue, local media reported. Japan announced plans this week to release wastewater from the Fukushima power plant into the sea. See more stories on Insider's business page. Japan has abruptly scra...
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Greta Thunberg says she is skipping the UN's climate change conference, citing vaccine inequality between rich and poor nations

Greta Thunberg. Thierry Monasse/Getty Images Greta Thunberg said she won't attend the UN's climate change conference over vaccine inequality. Rich countries have secured most of the world's vaccines, leaving other populations unprotected. Thunberg said many people would not be able to travel to the conference and speak as a result. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has said she is skipping the UN's climate change co...
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