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Morning, this is Michelle, bringing you my last climate newsletter before we come back in September with new and improved daily briefs. In the meantime, we have a few ideas on how to occupy that freed-up time!

On the news front, the UN climate panel meets this week to approve a highly awaited report. We spoke with its secretary, Abdalah Mokssit, about the challenges of remaining relevant amid high pressure.

Plus, we ran out of Earth yesterday. This means that since the beginning of the year the world has used up all the natural resources and services that the world can regenerate in a year.

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Michelle Langrand


Climate & environment news

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A wildfire swept through a forest north of Athens on Tuesday. Experts have warned that the incoming heatwave could spark more fires as temperatures are due to climb to 45ºC this weekend in Greece. (Keystone/AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

🇺🇳🔥 High stakes. Between the ongoing pandemic, a summer filled with unprecedented heatwaves and floods, and a looming Cop26, the pressure could not be higher. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change approves the first of its long awaited climate reports, its secretary, Abdalah Mokssit, tells us why every climate meeting matters in fighting climate change.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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🌎👣 The global footprint. Yesterday, the Earth reached its overshoot day, meaning the point since the start of the year at which humans have exhausted the ecological services that the planet can regenerate in that year, according to the Global Footprint Network.

The findings reveal a huge disparity in resource demand between countries. If the world were to live like the US, five Earths would be needed while following Indonesia’s example would mean only one Earth and a bit more would suffice. However, certain states are even bigger offenders, like the United Arab Emirates who uses up almost 9 planets a year. Living like Switzerland would require the equivalent of 2.8 Earths.

Statista (EN)

Next on your summer agenda

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🎭🎶The city’s best events this summer. This has hardly been an ideal summer so far. But there is still (some) hope for things to clear up in the next few weeks. With that in mind, Geneva Solutions has compiled 25 events happening in the Geneva area over the summer – all grouped in one interactive map.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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