LEFTOVERS: KEEP IT OR TOSS IT

After the feast is over there's always a heap of leftovers – but which to keep and which to toss? That's our lens for this week's edition of “watching and ignoring.


"WHAT WE'RE KEEPING: Dog days in China – The rapid growth of China's middle class has led to a huge increase in dog ownership, but dog care etiquette hasn't quite kept pace. Uncurbed and unleashed dogs have led to disturbances and even fights in some cities. To address the problem, the metropolis of Hangzhou (population 9.4 million) has imposed a toothy set of regulations: no dog walking between 7am and 7pm, confiscation or death for unlicensed dogs, and stiff fines for owners who let their pups off the leash. Several dozen spirited larger breeds of dog have been banned altogether, including, we note, the Tibetan mastiff.Brexit on Ice – Amid growing prospects that the UK will crash out of the European Union next March without any new trade agreements in place, cold storage space in the country is nearing peak capacity. Why? Food producers and supermarkets are worried that a "no-deal Brexit" could interrupt their international supply chains for everything from butter to potatoes to peas, so they are stocking up ahead of time. The pharmaceutical industry has warned it doesn't have sufficient cold storage for medicines either. Can May reach a deal that gets Brexit out of the cold?WHAT WE'RE TOSSING OUT:Viktor Yanukovych's tennis elbow… and back and knee – The former president of Ukraine, who was ousted in the 2014 Maidan uprising and later fled to Russia, was scheduled to testify yesterday, via Skype, to a Ukrainian court about his role in the episode. He is on trial in absentia for treason. But at the last minute his lawyer pulled the plug on it: Mr. Yanukovych, he said, had suffered severe injuries to his back and knee on a Moscow tennis court and would have to reschedule. Thought bubble: Was he playing tennis while falling out of a window?Darting with an F – A foul feud broke out this weekend between two pro dart players who accused each other of farting during the Grand Slam of Darts in the UK. After losing badly to former world champ Gary Anderson of Scotland, Dutchman Wesley Harms said he'd been distracted by Anderson's flatulence. Anderson, for his part, not only denied the allegation but claimed that Harmswas the wily windbreaker of the evening. All we're saying is, with so many sharp objects around, it's a good things these guys aren't Russian poets.

A sector that's rapidly expanding, domotics - domus (home) plus robotics - are smart houses that manage temperature and lighting to minimize wasted electricity. For example, smart thermostats sense your presence and set the temperature according to your needs, saving 20% a year on heating bills. Watch this episode of Eni's Energy Shot series to learn how domotics save money and increase a home's value.

Even if the US, Europe, China, and India reduce carbon emissions at the rate they've promised, much climate damage has already been done. That shouldn't stop these and other countries from doing all they can to meet their net-zero emissions targets, but they also better start preparing for a world of people on the move.

Climate change will displace an unprecedented number of people in coming years, creating not just a series of humanitarian crises in many parts of the world, but lasting political, economic, and social upheaval as those of us who live on higher ground try to find a sustainable place for these climate refugees to live.

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Listen: In a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer, Pulitzer Prize-winning climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert assesses the current state of the climate crisis and answers a simple question: how screwed are we? And as the climate continues to warm at a record pace, she unpacks some of the more extreme climate solutions that some increasingly desperate nations are starting to consider. Such measures may sound like stuff of science fiction (see: injecting sulfur particles into the atmosphere or shooting millions of tiny orbital mirrors into outer space) as times become more desperate, their appeal is growing. Can we fix the planet the same way we broke it?

China is making its neighbors nervous these days. Chinese fighter jets are screaming into Taiwan's airspace. Hundreds of armed Chinese "fishing boats" are plying the disputed waters of the South China Sea. And Beijing is slashing imports from some trading partners because of disputes over political issues.

To push back against this increasingly aggressive behavior, regional powers Japan, India, and Australia, together with the US, are boosting cooperation via a 17-year-old grouping called the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or simply "The Quad." But how effectively can these four countries really work together to counter China? Eurasia Group's Peter Mumford discusses the Quad's future.

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Want to tackle climate change? If so you'll have to reach out to China, which is currently responsible for over a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Beijing will certainly take your call, as climate is a huge priority for President Xi Jinping.

Xi has promised that China will go "net zero" — meaning its carbon emissions will be offset by equal amounts of either natural or tech-driven carbon capture — by 2060. Is a decade later than most of the top 10 polluting countries fast enough for the rest of the world? It is for the Chinese, who want to help but have their own ideas about how.

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When will it be safe for the world's children to be vaccinated against COVID-19? The World Health Organization's chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, says that vaccines are being tested in children down to the age of six or even lower, and promises that data on children will be shared as soon as it's available. She also notes that there are not enough studies on transmission in schools, and the WHO has advised governments to prioritize schools "over other things like shopping malls or cinema halls or pubs." Dr. Swaminathan spoke with Ian Bremmer in an interview on GZERO World, airing on US public television stations starting April 9. Check local listings.

Watch the episode: Vaccine nationalism could prolong the pandemic

Over the past half century, climate change has had an immense impact on the farmers who produce the food we eat. A new study by Cornell University shows that global warming has knocked 21 percent off of global agriculture productivity growth since 1965, equivalent to seven years of normal growth if humans had not polluted the planet. But not all countries have been affected in the same say. Farmers in warmer parts of the world have been hit hard as conditions grow more arid, but sub-polar regions in Canada or Siberia are now actually better for agriculture because they are not as cold as they used to be. Here we take a look at how climate has affected farming productivity growth around the world.

On Tuesday, a major US intelligence report said the top threat to America right now is China. A day later, John Kerry, the Biden administration's "climate czar," got on a plane to... China.

Such is the drama of ties between the world's two largest economies these days.

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