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G7 Nations Promise Decarbonization, 870 Million Covid-19 Vaccines

Slashdot reader Charlotte Web writes: The “Group of Seven” (or G7) nations are some of the world’s largest economies — the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy, and Japan. On Sunday they pledged $2 billion to help developing countries pivot away from fossil fuels and pledged an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by 2030. The New York Times calls these “major steps in what leaders hope will be a global transition to wind, solar and other energy that does not produce planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.”

Politico’s Ryan Heath argues “The language on a ‘green revolution’ is quite strong — there’s plenty of detail missing, but it gives climate campaigners a lot to hit leaders with if they fail to deliver. And it’s a big deal for the G-7 to agree to ‘to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030.'”

Other reports from Politico’s writers:
“Boris Johnson admitted that the world’s richest economies had not managed to secure a widely advertised 1 billion vaccine doses to send to developing countries. The final communique says the group will deliver 870 million doses over the next year.”

“The G-7 nations called for a ‘timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened’ investigation into the origins of Covid-19, including in China. WHO’s first crack at an investigation — released in March — called a lab leak ‘extremely unlikely,’ but China didn’t grant access to key documents and Secretary of State Antony Blinken called that investigation ‘highly deficient’ this morning. The U.S. government remains split between two origin theories.”

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