Hard Numbers: The death of a million species

1 million: One million of Earth's 8 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction as a result of global warming, according to a new report form the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES). The panel estimated the world has less than 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change.

10,000: In 2019, almost 10,000 people were killed in jihadist-related violence in Africa, comparable to the number killed by similar conflict in Iraq in Syria during the same period. The global coalition of forces in the Sahel region – which includes troops from the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and many other countries – is larger than the current US fighting forces in Afghanistan.

1,000: Western Africa is experiencing its deadliest Ebola outbreak in years – with more than 1,000 people dying from the virus in eastern Congo since August. Local violence has compounded the problem, as attacks on health workers have prevented them from addressing the crisis.

100: Over the weekend, China marked 100 years since massive student protests against Western powers provided a spark for modern Chinese nationalism. President Xi Jinping extolled the patriotism of the students who participated in the May 4 protests, but he, and the Communist Party more broadly, have minimized discussion of the protests' anti-authoritarian nature during a year chock-full of sensitive anniversaries.

"I think there are certain times where you have tectonic shifts and change always happens that way."

On the latest episode of 'That Made All the Difference,' Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, shares his thoughts on the role we all have to play in bringing our communities and the environment back to health.

For many, Paul Rusesabagina became a household name after the release of the 2004 tear-jerker film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Rusesabagina, who used his influence as a hotel manager to save the lives of more than 1,000 Rwandans, has again made headlines in recent weeks after he was reportedly duped into boarding a flight to Kigali, Rwanda's capital, where he was promptly arrested on terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder charges. Rusesabagina's supporters say he is innocent and that the move is retaliation against the former "hero" for his public criticism of President Paul Kagame, who has ruled the country with a strong hand since ending the civil war in the mid 1990s.

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Listen: Have you ever heard of Blue Zones? They're communities all around the globe—from Sardinia to Okinawa to Loma Linda, CA—where residents exceed the average human lifespan by years, and even decades. While they've been studied for the lessons we can learn about health, lifestyle, and environment, you don't have to live in a Blue Zone to experience increased longevity. It's happening everywhere. In fact, the number of people over 80 is expected to triple by 2050, reaching nearly half a billion. This episode of Living Beyond Borders focuses on the geopolitical and economic implications of an aging global population, how to make the most of new chapters in your life as you age, and what it all means for your money and the world around you.

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Born in the ashes of World War II, the United Nations now marks its 75th anniversary amid another global crisis. But is the world ready to come together today as it did decades ago? Ian Bremmer offers a brief history of the organization, and some memorable moments from years gone by, as the UN's 193 member states gather virtually for the 2020 General Assembly.

Watch the episode: UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Why we still need the United Nations


Kevin Sneader, global managing partner for McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on how corporate business leaders think in response to the coronavirus crisis:

How can business leaders approach budget planning for 2021 when the environment is so uncertain?

In short, I believe that the planning process for 2021 presents an opportunity to turn hard earned lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an enduring exercise that links strategy to value. Now, five steps are needed for this to happen.

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