Ministers from China, EU, and other major economies outlined plans to build back better after the coronavirus pandemic at a meeting convened by Japan. But since the start of the pandemic, G20 governments have pledged 52% of energy support to fossil fuels.
Scientists are to warn world leaders that increasing numbers of deadly new pandemics will afflict the planet if levels of deforestation and biodiversity loss continue at their current catastrophic rates.
Research conducted in Indonesia, where dengue is endemic, found that releasing mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia into parts of Yogyakarta city reduced the number of dengue infections by 77% compared with untreated areas.
A proposed law would require larger companies operating in the UK to show where commodities such as cocoa, soy, rubber, and palm oil originated from. Critics though say the plan is flawed and lacks detail on penalties.
Climate-driven loss is pushing up sea levels. Scientists attributed the extreme ice loss in 2019 to “blocking patterns” of weather that kept warm air over Greenland for longer periods. These are becoming increasingly frequent as the world heats up.