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Heftier hurricanes, simmering summers, wilder wildfires

Now here’s a climate change twist: the U.S. weather agency — forecasting lots of Atlantic hurricanes — finds reducing air pollution causes more hurricanes.

Russian envoy quits in shame at ‘ignominy’

A Russian diplomat in Geneva resigned after posting a public apology for his nation’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it “a crime against the Ukrainian people.”

WHO chief: ‘Pandemic will not magically disappear’

The World Health Organization’s governing body opened its weeklong annual meeting against a backdrop of financial tumoil and war in Europe.

G-7 finance leaders united for Ukraine

G-7 finance ministers said they agreed to take concrete steps to deepen economic cooperation and respond together against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

U.N. pushes renewables with new warming records

The U.N. weather agency confirmed the past seven years were the hottest on record in a new report that will serve as the basis for global climate negotiations.

Experts urge more pandemic cooperation

More than two years into the pandemic, scientists say its global impacts will not be finished with us anytime soon, particularly in developing nations.

NATO poised to expand with Finland, Sweden

NATO welcomed decisions by Finland and Sweden to seek membership in the military alliance as foreign ministers met to discuss fast-tracking an expansion.

G-7 warns of global food and energy crisis

Russia’s war in the ‘breadbasket of Europe’ threatens to cause widespread hunger particularly in Africa and the Middle East, the G-7 warned.

Wildfires sign of climate ‘tinderboxes’

Climate change is devastating the American West, where wildfire season is off to an early, ferocious start. The U.N. says wildfires are wreaking havoc globally.

Human Rights Council sharpens focus in Ukraine

International investigators were directed to focus their efforts on possible war crimes by Russian soldiers near Ukraine’s capital and other regions.

First image of Milky Way’s black hole

An international astronomy team gave the world its first glimpse of the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Finland’s leaders favor NATO bid

Finland’s president and prime minister announced support for immediately applying to join NATO, a major reversal due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nearly even odds of 1.5 degrees by 2026

Within the next five years the world has an almost 50-50 chance of temporarily surpassing the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming threshold, WMO reported.

UNOPS chief resigns over lost millions

The head of a U.N. agency that last year oversaw US$3.4 billion in projects resigned over questions into tens of millions of dollars in agency spending.

Support grows for NATO expansion bid

Sweden and Finland are expected to decide by the middle of May whether to seek to join NATO, as polls show public opinion shifting toward membership.

WHO dramatically raises coronavirus death figures

There have been almost 15 million deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic — more than twice the official death toll — according to new estimates.

Media group warns of ‘fatal danger’ to democracies

Polarization fueled by Fox News-like opinion media, disinformation and propaganda is battering democracies, Reporters Without Borders said.

Groups ferry Ukrainians from Mariupol

Red Cross and U.N. workers rescued civilians from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol, busing them to safety as part of a negotiated “safe passage” operation.

Nations agree to new scrutiny of U.N. vetos

Prompted by its own paralysis over Syria and Ukraine, the U.N. moved to prevent abuse of power by Russia and other permanent Security Council members.

CERN particle accelerator restarted

The world’s biggest and most powerful atom smasher is once again circulating beams of protons after a shutdown of more than three years for upgrades.

Global confirmed virus cases exceed 500 million

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 500 million with nearly 6.2 million deaths as a highly contagious Omicron sub-variant surged.