The Day After: A New Yalta in the Making

The Day After: A New Yalta in the Making

For sure, not presumably, there will be a “day after”. Humanity is far from the point of disappearing, no matter how hard society tries to terminate it. The virus infection is implementing its first circle, many countries have managed to minimise their losses, some have suffered more, new drugs coming closer and closer to cure the disease are being discovered and the preparation of a vaccine is a matter of months.

Germany to Use App to Track Coronavirus Spread

Germany to Use App to Track Coronavirus Spread

Germany is considering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the coronavirus. By doing aggressive testing, the government has so far managed to avoid a strict lockdown, and limited the number of deaths from the virus to below 1,000.

UN Chief Says COVID-19 Outbreak is the Worst Crisis Since WWII

UN Chief Says COVID-19 Outbreak is the Worst Crisis Since WWII

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned the coronavirus pandemic is the most serious crisis facing the world since World War II. Guterres made the comments at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of the outbreak. He added that the pandemic

EU Climate Law Needs to Stick to a 100% Renewable Scenario, WindEurope Says

EU Climate Law Needs to Stick to a 100% Renewable Scenario, WindEurope Says

The EU Climate Law needs to stick to a 100% renewable energy scenario which achieves the objective of climate neutrality based on renewables only, WindEurope said on 23 March. With the Climate Law, the European Commission proposes to enshrine in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The European Commission kick-started this process in November 2018 with its “Clean Planet for all” communication. “But even the most ambitious decarbonisation scenarios set out in this communication are not based on 100% renewables,” WindEurope said in a press release,

Spain Moves to Extend State of Emergency as Virus Death Toll Rises

Spain Moves to Extend State of Emergency as Virus Death Toll Rises

Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez said Sunday he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency until April 11 in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus for the nation of around 46 million people. The country recorded 394 new deaths caused by the pandemic, rising to 1,720, a 32% increase over the previous day.

What COVID-19 Means for International Aid

What COVID-19 Means for International Aid

We are still in the early stages of dealing with COVID-19. Yet, it is already clear that this new coronavirus will have long-lasting effects on the global economy, how we deal with pandemics, and perhaps even the architecture of international aid. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic is putting the spotlight on one of the less-noticed distortions of the international aid system: it does exactly the opposite of what the evidence requires.

IOM and UNHCR Temporarily Suspend Resettlement Departures for Refugees

IOM and UNHCR Temporarily Suspend Resettlement Departures for Refugees

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), decided to temporarily suspend resettlement departures for refugees, over health concerns due to international travel. The suspension will begin the upcoming days as the agencies are trying to bring refugees

Italy Sees Death Toll Rocketing, Hospitals in Crisis

Italy Sees Death Toll Rocketing, Hospitals in Crisis

While the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases across Europe is rising dramatically, Italy remains the second country most harshly hit by the virus’ outbreak outside China, recording 1,809 deaths and 24,747 cases to date, amid growing fears over its regions’ health systems’ capacities to handle the emergency.

Time to Choose a Sustainable Future for Food and Farming in Europe

Time to Choose a Sustainable Future for Food and Farming in Europe

Can the European Agriculture Policy finally reorient to boost nature and health or is it destined to drive factory farms, chemical-laden monocultures, and global deforestation? While the safety and quality of food in Europe has improved over the past decades, the negative impacts on the climate, biodiversity and health from our agriculture system have been acknowledged only recently, despite NGOs and scientists raising concerns for more than two decades.

European Parliament’s President Sassoli in Quarantine

European Parliament’s President Sassoli in Quarantine

David Sassoli, EU Parliament’s President has decided to put himself into quarantine, following the Italian government’s emergency measures to place entire Italy on lockdown to stem spread of COVID-19. Sassoli, who was in Italy last weekend, decided to self-isolate and work from home for two weeks

Uzbekistan Signs Agreements With Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power

Uzbekistan Signs Agreements With Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power

Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry announced on 5 March the signing of three new strategic agreements, worth over $2 billion, with the Saudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power to amplify power generation and develop technical expertise. According to Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry the agreements include a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) – with a total investment value of $1.2 billion – for the development/construction/operation of a 1500 MW Combined Cycle Gas-Turbine (CCGT) power plant,