WEF: Fighting climate crisis made harder by Covid-19 inequality
Tackling the existential risk posed by the climate crisis will be made harder by the growing gap between rich and poor triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Economic Forum has said.
The body that organises the annual gathering of the global elite in the Swiss town of Davos said warning signs of the threat posed by infectious disease had been ignored for the past 15 years, with disastrous results.
Despite the loss of almost 2 million lives to Covid-19, the WEF’s global risks report found that environmental issues were considered to pose the biggest danger in the coming years, both in terms of impact and likelihood.
Klaus Schwab, the executive chairman of the WEF, said:
“In 2020, the risk of a global pandemic became reality. As governments, businesses and societies survey the damage inflicted over the last year, strengthening strategic foresight is now more important than ever.”
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Boeing 737 MAX to get EU flight clearance next week
The Boeing 737 Max will be approved to fly once more in the EU from next week, another critical step in its return to service after two fatal crashes.
Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), said it would publish an updated airworthiness directive next week, following in the footsteps of regulators in the US and Brazil.
The plane was grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia caused by a faulty sensor, which repeatedly triggered a system that pushed the nose down. 346 people died in the two accidents.
The 737 Max will be able to return to service as soon as Boeing has updated software and rewired some components, and airlines have trained their pilots in the changes.
Ky said the version of the 737 Max bought by Irish airline Ryanair will be certified “in the coming weeks”, meaning it will likely be ready for service in the summer. Domestic airlines in Brazil and the US are already operating commercial flights using the plane.
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