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Al Jazeera 22 Aug 2020

Coronavirus and the economy: Can the world cope with more debt?


With more than 22 million coronavirus cases and almost 800,000 deaths worldwide, the health crisis is far from over, as countries face second waves of coronavirus cases.

We may have seen some of the worst economic costs, but more pain could be lurking in the months ahead.

Against this backdrop, the United States and China have potentially also inched closer to a new Cold War.

Bilal Hafeez, CEO of Macro Hive; Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS Markit; and Robert Quartly-Janeiro from the London School of Economics discuss the most pressing economic and geopolitical questions on post-pandemic recovery.

RJ Harris, talk radio host, on the effects of the economy in the 2020 election.
As more record high temperatures are clocked up across Europe, conservationists in Romania are building bridges for bears and reintroducing bison to make ecosystems more robust in the face of a warming planet.
Mondo Duplantis broke the outdoor pole vault world record with a vault of 6.15m (20 feet, 2 inches) at Rome's Diamond League event
The global medical emergency has presented an opportunity to check on the health of the planet. Initially there had been hope that the slowdown in the world economy would be good for the planet. Air traffic almost stopped completely, cruise ships were stranded in port, and industrial pollution was reduced. But the pandemic has had negative consequences for the environment too. Waste piling up, disposable protective equipment, plastic packaging. The world was already drowning under a sea of plastic waste, but the pandemic has made the situation worse. As the human toll of the Coronavirus mounts, and the world economy struggles to adjust to "the new normal", the wider impact on the environment is only now starting to become apparent.

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