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Genius Trump Threatens to Defund WHO at Height of Coronavirus Pandemic

The US president has a new talking point, and per usual, it’s a thinly veiled distraction that if acted on could cause untold harm. Read More >>

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UN Climate Talks Are Delayed. Maybe That’s Good

It’s official: the United Nations (UN) climate talks are postponed. Read More >>

environment
This UN Treaty Would Tackle the Climate and Extinction Crises

The animals need saving. From fires, from deforestation, and from climate change, of course. That’s why the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released on Monday its first draft of an update to the global biodiversity treaty. These targets are just as much about people as they are about wildlife. Read More >>

climate change
UN Climate Summit Continues Spinning Its Wheels Into the Weekend, and Protestors Aren’t Having It

The UN’s climate summit in Madrid – dubbed COP25 in UN jargon – continued into the weekend as countries remained deadlocked on divisive environmental issues, chief of which is how to handle a part of the Paris Agreement known as Article 6 that’s focused on carbon markets. After overrunning its initial deadline Friday, the conference is continuing into the early hours of Sunday. Read More >>

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The Future Is Calling, and It Says Act Now or We’re All Doomed

On Wednesday, young climate activists rushed the main stage at the United Nations climate talks in Madrid in protest. The talks – dubbed COP25 in UN-speak – are the latest iteration of a 25-year exercise in futility, broken promises and negligence. Young adults are sick of it. Read More >>

climate change
UN Report Says This is Our Last Shot to Take Action on Climate Change

World leaders have wasted a ton of valuable time not pursuing climate action – so much that our only hope now is curtailing greenhouse gas emissions at an unprecedented rate. Read More >>

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Was Boris Johnson Trying to Quote Churchill During His Dystopian Chicken Speech at the UN?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a bizarre speech on Tuesday night at the United Nations General Assembly that included plenty of dire warning about the future, including everything from the rise of killer robots to “limbless chickens” on the kitchen table. And as strange as it sounds, Johnson may have been trying to quote former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Read More >>

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Boris Johnson Warns of ‘Pink-Eyed Terminators’ and ‘Limbless Chickens’ in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

Boris Johnson delivered a bizarre late night speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, warning that technology could make our world a dystopian hellscape if it’s not properly constrained – a place where mattresses monitor our nightmares, heartless algorithms deny us medical care, and... robots travel from the future to slaughter humanity. Read More >>

climate change
We Have a Decade to Prevent a Total Climate Disaster

By 2030, we as a collective 7 billion humans will know our fate, or at the very least, the fate of the most vulnerable among us. A landmark report released on Sunday sets the clock ticking for humanity and its quest to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels. Read More >>

environment
A War Is On to Destroy the Fall Armyworm in Africa

A coalition of officials met in Zimbabwe this month to discuss a little pest that has become a big problem. The fall armyworm has spread through Africa over the course of the last year and it has had devastating effects on crops. Experts fear that globalisation and climate change are setting the caterpillar up to spread into Europe as well. Read More >>

politics
Wonder Woman Is No Longer a U.N. Ambassador

After declaring DC superhero Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador, the United Nations has decided to revoke the fictional character’s title. Her selection in October had been met with some controversy, both inside and out of the U.N., but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a shame. Read More >>

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Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Climbs to 842 In Haiti

Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti on Tuesday, completely decimating the southeastern region of the country and killing 842 people, according to local authorities. Information has been slow to make its way to the rest of the world, because areas hit hardest by the hurricane were remote coastal villages, completely disconnected from the rest of the country when the hurricane hit landfall. Read More >>

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The United Nations Will Send its First Mission to Space in 2021

The United Nations has announced a date for its first ever mission to space — and it’s pretty soon. Read More >>

internet
Internet Access is Now a Basic Human Right

People may joke that others spend too much time on the internet, but this intricate series of tubes has become an important part of everyday life—so much so that it’s become a human rights violation to take it away. Read More >>

environment
Peru Straps GoPros to Hungry Vultures to Sniff Out Its Rubbish Problem

Vultures make me think of that dopey guy from Loony Tunes or crooked-bill predators circling a poor desert rat on the brink of death. But in Peru, the carcass-eating birds will soon be outfitted with cameras so they can help map Lima’s awful rubbish problem. Read More >>