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2.3 trillion: About 90 global companies with a collective market capitalization of more than 2.3 trillion have pledged to significantly slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The question is, if these goals come into conflict with "maximizing shareholder value," which will win out?


16: Killings by police officers in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro rose by 16 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2018, reaching a 20-year high. Worth noting that the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has called for criminals to be killed "like cockroaches."

50,000: Around 50,000 people attended a "Howdy Modi!" rally in Houston, Texas, on Sunday to welcome India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was the largest ever reception for a foreign leader in the US. The second-fiddle at the event was a little-known guy named Donald Trump.

19: Nineteen years after the World Health Organization declared the country free of the disease, the Philippines has declared a polio outbreak, an illness that primarily affects children. The country is grappling with a range of epidemics, including measles and dengue fever, as vaccination rates there continue to plummet.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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