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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re looking at a damning UN report on fossil fuels which reveals how the world’s biggest emitters are breaking promises to ditch their dirty habits.

We’re also taking a deep dive into the Pandora Papers and what the investigation’s shocking revelations mean for Africa, where dozens of politicians and businessmen have been exposed to have offshore holdings.

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Pip Cook


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Steam billows from the cooling towers at a coal-fired power station in Nanjing, eastern China. China continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels despite vows earlier this year to cut emissions. (Credit: Keystone/Chinatopix via AP)

🚨Countries ramp up fossil fuels despite net-zero targets. Fifteen of the world’s biggest emitters are globally projecting to produce twice as much fossil fuels by 2030 than the limit needed to keep global warming below 1.5ºC, according to a new UN report released on Wednesday. Oil, gas and coal production in countries like the US, Russia and China, are expected to soar in the next two decades, despite recent pledges to cut carbon emissions.

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💸 What the Pandora Papers mean for Africa. The Pandora Papers released last month were the latest and most ambitious investigative effort yet to try and unravel the secrets of the offshore world. Among the scores of revelations, dozens of African politicians, businessmen and their families were exposed to have substantial offshore holdings. But the findings showed the continent endures all the ills of the global offshore economy without enjoying the dubious benefits others have derived from it.

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Members of the Middle Third Committee meet the Co-Chairs and the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Syrian Constitutional Committee, Geneva. 19 October 2021 . (Credit: UN Photo / Violaine Martin)

🖊️ A new Syrian constitution in the making. Members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee meeting in Geneva this week have begun drafting a new constitution for the war-torn country. The talks are the sixth round in two years and the first since January of the drafting committee, which comprises 45 representatives of Syria’s government, opposition and civil society, and aim to draw up a new basic law which will lead to UN-supervised elections. A spokesperson for UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pederson told media on Tuesday that he stressed during the meeting “that the constitutional process was important but on its own could not resolve the conflict.” Talks will continue at the Palais des Nations this morning.

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