Carbon has a bad rep, but did you know it's a building block of life? As atoms evolved, carbon trapped in CO2 was freed, giving way to the creation of complex molecules that use photosynthesis to convert carbon to food. Soon after, plants, herbivores, and carnivores began populating the earth and the cycle of life began.
Learn more about how carbon created life on Earth in the second episode of Eni's Story of CO2 series.
On Tuesday night, you can finally watch Trump and Biden tangle on the debate stage. But you TOO can go head to head on debate night .. with your fellow US politics junkies.
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September 29, 2020
Join us today, September 29th, at 11 am ET for a GZERO Town Hall livestream event, Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic, to learn about the latest in the global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Watch here at 11am ET: https://www.gzeromedia.com/events/town-hall-ending-the-covid-19-pandemic-livestream/
Our panel will discuss where things really stand on vaccine development, the political and economic challenges of distribution, and what societies need to be focused on until vaccine arrives in large scale. This event is the second in a series presented by GZERO Media in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eurasia Group.
Apoorva Mandavilli, science & global health reporter for the New York Times, will moderate a conversation with:
- Lynda Stuart, Deputy Director, Vaccines & Human Immunobiology, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group
- Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Gayle E. Smith, President & CEO, ONE Campaign and former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development
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Hard Numbers: Hungry Syrian kids, biodiversity pledge, Taiwanese singers face fines, jobless South Africans
September 29, 2020
700,000: An additional 700,000 Syrian children may go hungry this year due to the combined effects of the war-ravaged country's economic implosion, as well as coronavirus restrictions, pushing the total number of food-insecure kids in Syria to over 4.6 million, according to Save the Children. Two thirds of surveyed children have not eaten any fresh fruit in three months.
<p><strong>64:</strong> Leaders from 64 countries and the European Union have <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/global-biodiversity-outlook-targets-extinction-summit-new-york-pledge/a-54932895" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pledged</a> to enact stronger environmental protections ahead of this week's (virtual) <a href="https://www.un.org/pga/74/united-nations-summit-on-biodiversity/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">UN Summit on Biodiversity</a>, including commitments to eliminate plastic buildup in the oceans by 2050. The leaders of some of the world's top polluting nations — the US, China, India, Russia, and Brazil — did not sign up.</p><p><strong>17,000: </strong>Two Taiwanese singers face government <a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3103501/taiwan-threatens-punish-singers-angela-chang-and-ouyang-nana" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">fines</a> of up to $17,000 each for having "violated cross-strait regulations" by performing a mainland Chinese patriotic song in a state television gala celebrating China's national day on October 1. Ouyang Nana and Angela Chang, who have a huge following in mainland China, performed alongside artists from Hong Kong.</p><p><strong>20.5 million:</strong> Roughly <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47639452?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5f73292cb3b2c202d3619c1c%26South%20Africa%20reports%20record%20job%20losses%262020-09-29T14%3A07%3A03.111Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:758429e8-88f9-4424-a619-a438b751314b&pinned_post_asset_id=5f73292cb3b2c202d3619c1c&pinned_post_type=share" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">20.5 million</a> South Africans were not economically "inactive" (out of work, whether looking for a job or not) in the second quarter of 2020, four times the number registered from January to March. The pandemic has shattered South Africa's economy, which recently suffered its deepest quarterly decline since the 1960s amid one of the strictest lockdowns worldwide.</p>
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The long-simmering conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a region called Nagorno-Karabakh erupted over the weekend, with more than 50 killed (so far) in the fiercest fighting in years. Will it escalate into an all-out war that threatens regional stability and drags in major outside players?
<p><strong>What's the background? </strong>For years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been <a href="https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/nagorno-karabakh-conflict" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">at odds</a> over the rugged highlands of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the dying days of the USSR, the two sides fought a bloody six-year war to control the enclave, which was part of Muslim-majority Azerbaijan but mainly populated by ethnic Armenian Christians.</p><p>The conflict ended in 1994 with over 30,000 dead, more than one million displaced, and a fragile truce that left Nagorno-Karabakh as a <em>de facto</em> independent state, recognized and supported by Armenia but not by most other countries, including Azerbaijan. <a href="https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/caucasus/nagorno-karabakh-azerbaijan/nagorno-karabakh-risks-new-escalation" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Low-level clashes</a> have persisted ever since — including <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/05/how-the-crisis-over-nagorno-karabakh-could-get-worse-fast/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">deadly skirmishes in 2016</a> — and both governments often use the conflict to stoke nationalist flames at home.</p><p><strong>Although the trigger for the latest violence is still unclear, bilateral tensions have been rising</strong> since mid-July, when 16 soldiers <a href="https://www.gzeromedia.com/what-were-watching-uk-ditches-huawei-bolivia-becomes-covid-hotspot-caucasus-clashes-erupt" target="_self">died</a> in border clashes. That violence sparked an <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53415693" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">uproar in Azerbaijan</a>, where thousands of Azeris took to the streets calling for the army to "recapture" Nagorno-Karabakh. Now, both sides are accusing each other of throwing the first punch, and have <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/armenia-azerbaijan-declare-martial-law-amid-heavy-clashes-in-nagorno-karabakh/a-55068321" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">declared</a> martial law.</p><p><strong>A war over the enclave would resonate far beyond the region.</strong> The South Caucasus, where Armenia and Azerbaijan are located, has enormous <a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/nagorno-karabakh-explainer-conflict-azerbaijan-armenia/27656158.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">strategic importance</a> because it is crossed by two major energy pipelines that carry Azeri oil and Caspian Sea gas to Turkey and Europe.</p><p><strong>Two outside players — Turkey and Russia — are on opposite sides of the conflict. </strong>Turkey has close relations with fellow Turkic Azerbaijan, and historically there is little love lost between Ankara and the Armenians. Moreover, Azerbaijan is Turkey's main oil supplier. Turkey has <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan-turkey-syria-idUSKBN26J25A" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">denied</a> reports that it has sent 4,000 Syrians to fight on behalf of the Azeri army, but Turkish President Recep Erdogan's moves here merit close attention.</p><p>Russia is the dominant player in the region. But although it sells weapons to both Azerbaijan and Armenia, Moscow keeps troops garrisoned in Armenia and is, technically, <a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/Russian_President_Medvedev_To_Visit_Armenia/2131915.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">treaty-bound</a> to defend the country. If things escalate further, Vladimir Putin will have to decide whether to honor that obligation. Doing so could quickly put Ankara and Moscow on opposite sides of another nasty war (they <a href="https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-conflict-in-libya-whos-who-and-how-did-we-get-here" target="_self">already back different sides</a> of the civil war in Libya.)</p><p><strong>Finally, Iran also has a stake.</strong> It borders both countries, and Azeris are Iran's largest ethnic minority. Although <a href="https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/caucasus/nagorno-karabakh-azerbaijan/shifting-dangers-nagorno-karabakh" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/caucasus/nagorno-karabakh-azerbaijan/shifting-dangers-nagorno-karabakh">Tehran</a> has traditionally backed Yerevan, and often bickers with Baku over energy and security in the Caspian Sea, the Iranians <a href="https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450134/Iran-says-ready-to-mediate-between-Azerbaijan-and-Armenia" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450134/Iran-says-ready-to-mediate-between-Azerbaijan-and-Armenia">offered</a> to mediate when the latest tensions began two months ago. Will they try again now?</p>
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