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Good morning, this is Paula. As action to fight climate change becomes all the more pressing, the WMO says better monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, including where they are coming from and how they are being absorbed, could help policymakers.

The organisation has summoned scientists as well as space agency and other government officials to discuss how this could be done, ahead of its congress, and the Cop28, later this year.

A few hundred metres away, WHO’s executive board also began meeting, to discuss a long list of issues, including whether to hike country contributions to counter the agency’s liquidity crisis.

And two years after the military coup in Myanmar that deposed the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the country is sinking ever deeper into crisis.

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Map showing global carbon dioxide urban emissions, with high emissions in red and low emissions in blue. (Keystone/Animate4.com/Science Photo Library)

Climate policy needs better emissions monitoring. Weather and space specialists from around the world are talking shop this week at the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) International Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Symposium. Technical jargon abounded as they presented research on emissions and monitoring by government agencies, even highlighting reporting discrepancies. Petteri Taalas, WMO director general, told the participants that monitoring greenhouse gas emissions was “crucially needed”, as better data could help formulate governments’ climate policies.

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Two years have passed since the Myanmar military launched a coup that deposed the government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February 2021. In the months since, there has been little progress towards restoring human rights and democracy in the country, if any.

Thousands of people have reportedly been killed and some 1.2 million people have been displaced, according to the UN, which has accused the military of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The military has reportedly stepped up airstrikes in recent months in an attempt to suppress opposition.

Speaking ahead of the coup’s anniversary today, UN human rights chief Volker Türk had harsh words for those responsible for the atrocities, and honoured “the courage of all those whose lives have been lost in the struggle for freedom and dignity in Myanmar.”

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