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U.S. envoy wants pope to attend climate conference, sway debate

Pope Francis has the moral authority to sway public opinion over global warming and might attend the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry said on Saturday. COP26 is being held in Glasgow in November and could accelerate measures by the

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Clean Energy

Merkel rejects bringing forward Germany’s exit from coal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday rejected demands to bring forward an exit date for ending coal generation in Germany, currently set at 2038. read more “Those affected need some reliability on the path to climate neutrality,” Merkel said. “I don’t want to unravel this again after one year.” Climate

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Europe

Big promises, few doses: why Russia’s struggling to make Sputnik V doses

Transforming the site of what once was a Soviet-era car factory into a state-of-the-art facility churning out Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V was the easy bit. Making doses in bulk, finding qualified staff and getting equipment have been much bigger headaches for Moscow-based biotech firm R-Pharm and other private Russian

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Business & Enterprise

Contest to cut haul truck emissions

The world’s top three iron ore miners on Thursday launched a competition to crowdsource efficient ways to deliver power to battery-electric haulage truck fleets as they strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The “Charge on Innovation Challenge”, run by BHP Group (BHP.AX), Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) and Vale S.A. (VALE3.SA) with

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Business & Technology

The new generation of digital banks bets on minority markets

After a doctor’s visit, three court appearances, five trips to the bank and having her name and address published in a newspaper, Billie Simmons finally got a debit card with her chosen name. As a transgender woman, that meant she didn’t run the risk of outing herself every time she

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Europe

After virtual Berlin Film Festival, movies to be shown outdoors

The Berlin Film Festival, which took place online earlier this year, will show most of the movies that were part of the competition at outdoor cinemas across the German capital next month, taking advantage of falling COVID-19 infection numbers. The summer special offered by the festival, also known as the

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International Cooperation

US organizations ask Biden for a change in policy on Cuba

Washington, May 6 (Prensa Latina) A group of US organizations representing farmers, environmentalists, academics, civil society and climate justice movements called on Washington to change its policy on Cuba, according to a report released here on Thursday. In total, 36 organizations from those sectors sent a letter to US President

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