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Covid-19 relief for fossil fuel industries risks green recovery plans

Over $500bn is going to high-carbon industries undermining goals of Cop26 climate talks

The failure of governments and central banks to set out a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis is threatening to derail vital UN climate talks aimed at staving off global catastrophe, campaigners have warned.

On Friday, the UK and the UN attempted to revive the stalled Cop26 climate talks, with a coalition of businesses committing to a Race for Zero, signing up to reduce their emissions to net zero by mid-century. Close to 1,000 businesses have joined the campaign, including household names such as Rolls-Royce and the food and drink majors Nestlé and Diageo.

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Mines are hotspots for spread of Covid-19, study finds

Mining sites in Canada, the US and around the world have become hotspots for the spread of coronavirus, and approximately 4,000 mine workers in 18 countries have tested positive, according to a report by an international coalition of non-profit groups.

Related: Canada: minister says Covid-19 lockdown a 'great time' to build pipeline

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World Environment Day: Celebrating the UK’s precious biodiversity

To mark World Environment Day, WWF has selected some snapshots of UK nature and wildlife – from land and ocean species to breathtaking plant life – in an attempt to raise awareness of the ongoing fight for our world and its vital biodiversity, the threat to which is both an urgent and existential concern.

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Coronavirus is an ‘SOS signal for the human enterprise’

UN environment chief and economist warn human wealth depends on nature’s health

The coronavirus pandemic is an “SOS signal for the human enterprise”, according to a leading economist and the United Nation’s environment chief, who warn that current economic thinking does not recognise that human wealth depends on nature’s health.

“The language of economics is failing us [and] the result is that we miss the message,” said Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta and the UN’s Inger Andersen in an article published on Friday. “Our economies, livelihoods and wellbeing all rely on nature, from the food we eat, to controlling our climate, regulating disease and providing spiritual fulfilment. Without nature, there would be no life.”

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Meat giants selling to UK linked to Brazil farms in deforested Amazon reserve

Greenpeace report shows cattle indirectly sold to JBS, Marfrig and Minerva came from protected Serro Ricardo Franco park

Three international meat companies have indirectly sourced cattle from farms that deforested a unique, protected Amazon reserve, a new report from Greenpeace has found – and two of them later sold meat from the area to the UK.

The revelations come as the Brazil-based companies involved, JBS, Marfrig and Minerva, are under increasing pressure to come clean about their Amazon supply chains. They are now known to have broken commitments made to Greenpeace and Brazilian federal prosecutors  more than a decade ago.

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