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E.U. vision unveiled in von der Leyen’s address

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)

(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.

Rebuilding tourism industry a U.N. priority

Hot air ballooning in Turkey's Cappadocia region (AN/Feridun F. Alkaya)

(AN) — The coronavirus pandemic could eliminate 40 percent of global tourism’s 300 million jobs — one of every 10 worldwide — and trillions of dollars essential to developing economies, the U.N. chief said on Tuesday.

WMO warns of 1.5 degree C. limit by 2024

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska (AN/Hillebrand/USFWS)

(AN) — A key threshold of the 2015 Paris Agreement that has for years been considered something of a “safe” temperature guardrail against the worst effects of global warming could be reached within five years, the World Meteorological Organization warned on Thursday.

U.N. climate summit delayed until 2021

Youth climate campaigners with the Fridays for Future movement at the 2019 U.N. climate summit in Madrid (AN/John Englart)

(AN) — The United Nations’ annual climate summit planned for November will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two co-hosts, Britain and Italy, and the world body announced on Thursday.

Global energy demand and CO2 plummet

Oil, gas and wind turbines at the U.K.'s Great Yarmouth Outer Harbor port (AN/Fernando Butcher)

(AN) — Global carbon emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the COVID-19 pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.

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