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Labelled calendar showing the several dozen lower-income countries the US will surpass in annual per capita emissions in January alone.
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On the first day of the year, the average American had already emitted more CO2 than the average person living in Democratic Republic of Congo, and—one week in—had surpassed annual emissions for 23 low-income countries. Learn more.

Cracked and drought-stricken soil. Adobe Stock
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In 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed its periodic Comprehensive Surveillance Review (CSR), which considered how the IMF should update the analysis and advice it gives member countries as part of its mandated surveillance function.  In considering the review, the IMF Executive Board mandated IMF staff to incorporate a wider range of risks into its surveillance operations and craft its policy advice to address these risks on an ongoing basis. Climate change figured prominently in the discussions of new sources of risk—not only the direct impact of climate change on the global economy and individual countries, but also the macroeconomic and financial impacts of policies to mitigate climate change

An image of doctors in China during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the realpolitik of global health security. It has also illuminated some uncomfortable truths. In this blog, we explore China’s global health leadership, its international cooperation and lack thereof, and analyse what we see as the future of global health security. But perhaps the greatest difficulty in all of this will rest on how societies view their countries’ domestic responses, and how they see their duty to global health.

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As the year draws to a close, the temptation to claim wisdom from adversity and experience becomes irresistible. We did it last year, by exploring what we learnt while the world burned around us. 2021 was perhaps a marginal improvement: not quite the best of times, but not quite the worst of times, either. But for us here in London, it’s ending just about where it started, with a new variant and a holiday season imperilled by the shadow of Coronavirus. While we anxiously wait for the latest lateral flow test to pass its sentence, we reflect on the good and bad of the year.