Sunday, June 13, 2021

Your Friday briefing

We are discussing President Biden’s first meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the G7 summit, and the EU is asking for a Covid inquiry.

President Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain used their first meeting on Thursday to emphasize the emphasis between democracies and their autocratic rivals, led by Russia and China. Biden and Johnson met in Cornwall ahead of Friday’s Group of 7 summit. Here are the latest updates.

The two leaders introduced a new “Atlantic Charter” as they sought to draw the world’s attention to emerging threats of cyberattacks, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

In what he hopes will be a powerful demonstration that democracies – and not China or Russia – are capable of responding to the global crises, Biden also used his first full day abroad to formally announce that the US 500 million doses Pfizer would donate. BioNTech Covid vaccine for 100 poorer countries.

A source of tension: One of the most difficult issues is the status of Northern Ireland, where tensions fueled by Brexit threaten the return of sectarian violence. Biden is a Roman Catholic and devout Irish-American and speculates that he will be more favorable to the Irish nationalist cause.

European Union leaders have joined a full investigation into the origins of Covid-19, first discovered in Wuhan, China. The president of the European Council “supported all efforts to gain transparency and to know the truth”.

The comments come before the Group of 7 summit, which begins on Friday, during which world leaders will be under pressure to do more to stop the coronavirus.

A query this year by the World Health Organization has found that it is “extremely unlikely” that the virus could leak from a laboratory in China, but many consider it incomplete due to the lack of cooperation from the Chinese government. Governments and scientists have called for a more complete investigation into the origin of the virus.

Late last month, President Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate the source of the virus, an indication that his government is taking the possibility of a laboratory leak seriously.

Access to China: Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said that “investigators need full access to the information and the websites” to “develop the right tools to ensure that this never happens again.”

Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In other developments:

Lawmakers in Beijing on Thursday approved legislation banning multinational corporations from complying with foreign sanctions against China, leaving matters between a rock and a hard place.

The US and the EU have banned a growing list of businesses and people accused of human rights violations. But companies that comply with the laws will now violate Chinese laws.

The new legislation was the latest in a series of Beijing moves to reverse international pressure on its behavior in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang region.

Quote: The President of the EU Chamber of Commerce said that the new law of China would discourage foreign investment and make businesses feel like a sacrificial pioneer in a game of political chess. ‘

News from Asia

Among the people in Afghanistan who are concerned about the withdrawal of US troops, there are interpreters who are urgently requesting US visas under a special program to protect them. Employment by the U.S. military often makes them a target. Many say they are gripped by fear, for fear that they will be refused or only approved after being hunted and killed.

Climate change and the collapse of biodiversity is traditionally seen as two separate crises. According to scientists from two leading research panels, this is the wrong way to look at things. A new report says that we can not address any of the problems effectively without looking at the state of nature as a whole. Here’s what to know.

How we got here

The main culprits in the biodiversity crisis: habitat loss due to agriculture, and, at sea, overfishing. For climate change, it is the burning of fossil fuels.

What does not work

Businesses and countries have increasingly looked to nature as a way to compensate for their emissions, for example by planting trees to absorb carbon. But science is clear: nature cannot store enough carbon to emit our greenhouse gases at our current rate.

The solutions

By protecting and restoring nature, the report says, we can protect biodiversity, help reduce global warming, improve human well-being and even find protection against the effects of climate change, such as intensified floods and storms.

In Brazil, parts of the Cerrado, a biodiverse savannah that stores large amounts of carbon, have been planted with eucalyptus and pine monocultures in an effort to achieve a global reforestation goal. The result, researchers wrote separately, is a disaster that destroys the indigenous ecosystem and the livelihoods of local communities, including indigenous peoples.

What to cook

This is it for today’s briefing. See you next time. – Melina

PS The Times won it several awards in the Silurians Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism competition for his work on New York City and the region.

The latest episode of ‘The Daily’ is about Dr. Katalin Kariko, a pioneer behind mRNA vaccines.

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