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"Sulfur hexafluoride is 23,500 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas."

We need to replace the world’s most potent greenhouse gas

On World Earth Day, as our fellow citizens of the world pledge to undertake a brilliant array of earth-restoring actions, from trash hacking to “plogging” (picking up litter while jogging), it’s time to fix our sights once more on a hidden climate threat

"China’s challenge to the United States isn’t a problem in itself. Danger arises in how power is exercised."

The case for an ’economic NATO’ to clip provocative China’s wings

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What’s to be done about China now that it is becoming a geo-political problem? Its goal of global primacy not only poses a threat to others but eventually to itself

“China has always resolutely opposed the US side engaging in bloc politics along ideological lines, and ganging up to form anti-China cliques.”

Beijing huddles with autocratic friends, seeks to fracture US-led ‘clique’

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

China is shoring up ties with autocratic partners like Russia and Iran, as well as economically dependent regional countries, while using sanctions and threats to try to fracture the alliances the United States is building against it

Solar power is the world’s cheapest source of electricity, according to a 2020 IEA report.

Floating solar farms could cool down lakes threatened by climate change

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, according to a 2020 report by the International Energy Agency

Metaphors have traditionally been used by societies as an instrument to explain frightening diseases to themselves.

Of Borders and Metaphors

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

How the U.S. handles the U.S.-Mexican border will say much about its character as a nation

"By admitting Ukraine, the alliance would clearly gain an enthusiastic member. It would also gain a conflict that’s mostly frozen but regularly flares up."

Should NATO Admit Ukraine?

By: EBR | Friday, April 16, 2021

There is no consensus in NATO in favor of Ukraine’s membership. What the most determined Western countries can do is provide intelligence and military support to Ukraine, including weaponry and capability building

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"The overdue shift of the tectonic plates underlying sports’ guiding principle is driven by the struggle against racism and a quest for human rights and social justice."

Sports and Human Rights: Athletes Speak Out

By: EBR | Friday, April 16, 2021

The idea long promoted by international sports federations that sports and politics are unrelated has always been an illusion

Free access for British financial firms to the EU has ended and any future access would depend on an EU system known as equivalence.

After Brexit: London is still Europe’s top financial centre

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The end of last month the UK and EU agreed a new post-Brexit financial services pact that allow them to co-operate on regulation

"The EU is taking positive steps in this direction. In their agreement on the new seven-year EU budget, the European Parliament and Council committed to spending 7.5 percent of the budget on biodiversity from 2024, increasing to 10 percent from 2026."

Time for governments to take biodiversity loss as seriously as climate change

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Together with climate change, the world is also facing a biodiversity crisis, which has failed to capture the same attention. But efforts made by governments to tackle the climate crisis show that action is possible when there is sufficient political will

Xi has made extensive use of infrastructure investment to expand Beijing’s global alliances.

Vaccinate the Billions or Lose the Battle for Democracy

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The EU should back a coordinated global industrial strategy, including vaccine production facilities across the world, otherwise China will plug the gap. That means challenging private-sector patent monopolies

"The importance of seeing the fundamental work mothers are doing doesn’t come from a misogynistic rhetoric about how much we love mothers and how important they are in our lives."

Mothers are the invisible army carrying us through the pandemic

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Over the course of the past year, women have overwhelmingly taken the brunt of this pandemic

"Say what you want about the United States but, for all its longstanding traditions, the country is always good for (positive) surprises coming from unexpected corners."

US Corporations: The US’s New Principled Liberals?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Republicans increasingly force U.S. corporations to act as a kind of extra-parliamentary opposition to protect their brands and consumer appeal

"The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how millions of people work and their relationship with cities where work is based."

How COVID-19 and ‘work from anywhere’ can build the city of the future

By: EBR | Monday, April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically and drastically changed the way we work. All around the world, government, education and healthcare industries have had to operate virtually, in many cases for the first time. Work from anywhere is becoming a more permanent fixture wherever jobs allow

"Recovery will be driven by technology and innovation – specifically seamless travel solutions, but it will be long, uneven and slow."

How global tourism can become more sustainable, inclusive and resilient

By: EBR | Monday, April 12, 2021

Tourism was one of the sectors hit hardest by the global pandemic. 2020 was the worst year on record for international travel due to the global pandemic, with countries taking decisive action to protect their citizens, closing borders and halting international travel

"So far, Biden’s approval ratings are good — although they are not as good as the scores that Obama, Bush and Clinton had at a comparable early point in their presidencies."

Immigration: Biden’s Biggest Foreign Policy Test

By: EBR | Friday, April 9, 2021

Why only a Marshall Plan for Central America has a shot at dealing with the region — and why it makes political and economic sense

"According to MEP Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens, Germany) the EU leadership’s Ankara visit had become the latest example of bungled EU foreign policy efforts."

Protocol scandal symbolises the state of EU-Turkey relations, EU lawmaker says

By: EBR | Friday, April 9, 2021

We shouldn’t place ‘Sofa-gate’ into the epicentre of a plenary debate in the European Parliament, but rather discuss how to rebuild relations with Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who no longer has a commitment toward a European future

"The call was Xi’s first with a European leader since last month’s tit-for-tat sanctions over allegations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, which drastically soured relations between China and the EU."

Xi urges Europe to ‘make positive efforts with China’ in Merkel call

By: EBR | Thursday, April 8, 2021

President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call Wednesday (7 April) that he hoped Europe would “make positive efforts with China”, Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang

"COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, especially in the European Union, but its impact has been the hardest on those populations that were already vulnerable, who are more exposed to the disease, less likely to have access to quality health care services."

Protecting our health also means switching to toxic-free food packaging

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 7, 2021

As the world looks to rebuild after COVID, we need to change our approach to the environment, particularly the chemicals and single-use plastics involved in food packaging

“From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters at his ministry.

Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said on Wednesday (7 April), adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island

Taiwan has complained of an increase in Chinese military activity near it in recent months, as China steps up efforts to assert its sovereignty over the democratically run island.

China says carrier group exercising near Taiwan, drills will become regular

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday (5 April) in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory

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Last night, the negotiators of the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional political agreement on the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 and a collective net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990

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