Russia has joined China in denouncing President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the United States out of the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump on Monday called the WHO a ‘puppet of China’ before tweeting a letter he had sent to the organisation’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus threatening to make permanent a temporary freeze on funding from the US.
The findings show the world has experienced the sharpest drop in carbon output since records began, with large sections of the global economy brought to a near standstill. When the lockdown was at its most stringent, in some countries emissions fell by just over a quarter (26%) on average. In the UK, the decline was about 31%, while in Australia emissions fell 28.3% for a period during April.
“This is a really big fall, but at the same time, 83% of global emissions are left, which shows how difficult it is to reduce emissions with changes in behaviour,” said Corinne Le Quéré, a professor of climate change at the University of East Anglia, and lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. “And it is not desirable – this is not the way to tackle climate change.”
The US has conducted 11.28 million tests for the coronavirus, according to figures updated on Monday by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
A total of 1.59 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed — approximately 14 per cent of those tested.
The incident prompted the region’s virus task force to carry out contact tracing in the village where they found that at least 15 people have been infected with Covid-19.
Meanwhile dozens of other people have been listed as patients under surveillance (PDP), according to local media.
Most notably, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 30, a rising star leftwinger from New York, will co-chair the climate change task force with John Kerry, 76, the former secretary of state and 2004 presidential nominee. Last year Ms Ocasio-Cortez sponsored an attempt to pass a “green new deal” through the House of Representatives. It called for a move to solely renewable energy sources, significant government investment in electric cars and high-speed rail and upgrading all buildings to be as energy-efficient as possible.
Even Biden allies appointed to the task forces are encouraging for the Democratic left. For the economic task force Mr Biden selected Jared Bernstein, his economic adviser when he was vice-president. Mr Bernstein was seen as a progressive counterweight to the more Wall Street-friendly voices in the Obama White House. He has praised the UK’s furlough scheme.