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Rising global temperature shows ‘enormous challenge’ of meeting climate goal

The prediction is among the findings in the UN agency’s latest Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, released on Thursday in Geneva, which also shows that temperature could exceed 1.5°C in at least one year between now and 2024. The Earth’s average temperature has already risen beyond 1°C above the pre-industrial period, which spans 1850-1900,…

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‘Long, hard road ahead’ for countries taking piecemeal approach to COVID

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the regular coronavirus press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva, that “flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions.” But he noted that countries with “systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach, should be able to contain these flare-ups locally, and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions.” ‘It’s never too late’…

What I Really Learnt at Durham

As an English Literature student, it’s a fairly logical leap to assume that I’ve spent the last three years learning about novels, plays, and poems. That was exactly what I came to Durham University expecting to learn and by now I have many essays to prove that that’s exactly what happened. But as is often…

170 signatories endorse UN ceasefire appeal during COVID crisis

The initiative, prompted by Malaysia, shows that a large majority of nations are now standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the global ceasefire call that Secretary-General António Guterres made back in March, when the pandemic was just picking up speed.  The statement on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” for those areas of the world where fighting continues, particularly in…

Universal, inclusive education ‘non-negotiable’

Released at the start of what is being heralded as a “decade of action” for education, as the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report illuminates how countries are putting diversity at the core of their education systems, with varying degrees of success. “It has never been more crucial…

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency...

“The WMO is seeking to verify reports of a new temperature record north of the Arctic circle”, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told journalists in Geneva. “It was reported in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk amid a prolonged Siberian heatwave and increase in wildfire activity.” Temperatures in the Arctic Circle appear to have reached a record…

COVID-19: Preparations for southern flu season must be a priority: WHO’s...

“As we enter the southern hemisphere influenza season…we must ensure influenza remains a top priority”, the agency chief said during his media briefing.  “Co-circulation of COVID-19 and influenza can worsen the impact on health systems that are already overwhelmed.” Globally, more than 7.8 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 430,000 deaths caused by the…

Human Rights Council picks up again after COVID suspension, to hold...

Opening the 35th meeting of the 43rd session of the Council in the unusual setting of the Assembly Hall, to comply with social distancing requirements, current Council President, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, gave the floor to Burkina Faso, coordinator of the African Group. George Floyd killing provides impetus “The tragic events of 25 May in Minneapolis in…

From Quidditch to Veg Soc: My Clubs and Societies at Durham

I can clearly remember my experience of Freshers’ Fair in my very first week at Durham – although it’s likely that I’m confusing that with attending it again in my second and third year (they were giving out free burritos this year – you can’t blame me). The first time was a whirlwind of grabbing…

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