New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declares ‘climate emergency’

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared a “climate emergency” on Wednesday, telling parliament that urgent action was needed for the sake of future generations.Ardern said the science on climate change was clear and New Zealand had to acknowledge the threat.The centre-left leader said the challenges posed by global warming meant parliament’s declaration — […]

Evidence ‘inconclusive’ that lower interest rates are increasing inequality, says Adrian Orr

In an apparent further sign the bank would not be easily deflected from its current policy settings, Orr said its “legislative mandate and operational independence” had put it in good stead to act swiftly and with confidence to buffer the economic impact of the virus.

UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

The announcements about the vaccines and their potential availability for use among the general population in the coming weeks and months has offered hope to millions around the world in a year that has seen the COVID-19 pandemic devastate lives and economies and still showing no signs of abating

COVID-19: UK approves use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine – rollout to begin next week

The Department of Health and Social Care spokesman added: “The NHS has decades of experience in delivering large scale vaccination programmes and will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.

Rushing it Out: UK Becomes First Country to Approve Coronavirus Vaccine

“This authorisation is a goal we have been working toward since we first declared that science will win, and we applaud the MHRA for their ability to conduct a careful assessment and take timely action to help protect the people of the UK,” he said.

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral govt by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand declares climate emergency, promises carbon neutral government by 2025

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the climate emergency declaration was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that to avoid more than 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global warming, emissions would need to fall by around 45% from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China’s tweet

He was referring to a disturbing report by Australia’s military earlier this month which found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians during the Afghanistan conflict. The report recommended that 19 soldiers be referred to federal police for criminal investigation.

World leaders to address special session of UNGA on Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.3 million lives and infected more than 54 million people globally, “is not only the greatest global health crisis since the creation of the United Nations 75 years ago, it is also a humanitarian, socio-economic, security and human rights crisis,” the world body said.

‘Heart-breaking’: 30,000 sign petition urging Pharmac to fund inflammatory bowel disease medicine

Pharmac’s own committee advised that it fund ustekinumab in May. Its chief executive Sarah Fitt told protestors she had regular discussions with suppliers and hoped the medicine would be funded soon. The drugs were on a waiting list.