Kumi Naidoo at COP26: Will Rich Countries Deliver Pledged Billions for South Africa to Get Off Coal?

On day three of the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, we look at the fight against Big Coal, starting with leading South African climate activist Kumi Naidoo. South Africa is one of the world’s largest coal producers, and the United States has joined the European Union and other wealthy nations to announce a new …
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Rich Countries Bring “Tough Talk on Climate” to COP26 But No New Plans or Money to Curb Global Emissions

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show in Glasgow, Scotland. President Biden and 120 other world leaders are gathering in Glasgow for the start of the U.N. climate summit. The head of the summit, Alok Sharma, said this marks, quote, “our last best …
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“There Just Isn’t Enough Supply”: Vaccine Gap Between Rich & Poor Countries Fuels Indonesia’s COVID Crisis

As the World Health Organization warns over 100 million more people will be infected with COVID-19 by early next year as the Delta variant continues to rapidly spread, we look at Indonesia, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Asia. Over the past 28 days, Indonesia has recorded 43,000 deaths, more than anywhere …
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UK is ‘hoarding’ vaccines and leaving countries ‘fighting for scraps’

Support us and go ad-free The UK is “hoarding” Covid-19 vaccines in an approach described by a campaign group as demonstrating “obscene injustice”. The Global Justice Now organisation said the UK’s unused doses of vaccine could cover the 10 least-vaccinated countries in the world, including Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. Low and middle income countries …
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Biden to Buy 500 Million Vaccine Doses for Other Countries, But Billions More Needed to End Pandemic

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Well, earlier this month, Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong said in an interview that people on the continent are watching in “amazement” as Americans turn down vaccines. JOHN NKENGASONG: This is a continent of 1.2 billion people, but, as we …
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New billionaires profit from vaccines while poorer countries suffer without them

The profits from coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines have created nine new billionaires, as rich countries are urged to take steps to ensure equitable vaccine access. According to the People’s Vaccine Alliance, the heads of some pharmaceutical corporations have made enough money off vaccines to become billionaires. The nine new billionaires have a net worth of $19.3bn …
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Greenpeace says government must stop dumping our plastic waste in other countries

Greenpeace is calling on the government to take action to stop the large volume of plastic waste the UK is dumping on other countries. The charity said that despite government insistence that half of our plastic waste is recycled, this often “simply isn’t true”. Instead, much of our plastic waste put out for recycling is …
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Countries’ latest emissions targets will still lead to catastrophic climate change

New targets announced by countries to drive down greenhouse gas emissions are projected to curb global warming to 2.4C by 2100, analysis suggests. This is considerably higher than the 1.5C the world is supposedly aiming for to avert catastrophic climate change. Not good enough An “optimistic scenario” in which countries deliver fully on their promises …
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New COVID-19 Variant, Linked to India’s Record Wave of Infections & Deaths, Now Seen in 19 Countries

As India faces 1 million new COVID-19 infections every three days, we look at how more infectious variants have been linked to a spread in cases. The so-called India variant has now been detected in at least 19 countries. “This virus behaves differently now, in that it’s much more infectious,” says Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, an …
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The government must prove it’s not helping big pharma screw over poorer countries getting vaccines

MPs and campaigners are urging the government to prove it’s not putting the interests of pharmaceutical companies above poor countries in need of vaccines. Cross-party MPs came together to demand the government publish details of communications with pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists to ensure businesses have not been given preferential treatment in vaccine policy. This comes …
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