National Geographic
National Geographic 25 Dec 2020

The Sinking of the SS Robert J Walker


During World War II this allied Freighter was attacked by a German Submarine and sank in the Tasman Sea.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres calls the fight against the climate crisis the top priority for the 21st Century.

"To put it simply, the state of the planet is broken," he says in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered at Columbia University in New York.

"Solidarity is humanity," he says. "Solidarity is survival. That is the lesson of 2020. With the world in disunity and disarray trying to contain the pandemic, let's learn the lesson and change course for the pivotal period ahead."

The landmark address marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major reports on the global climate and fossil fuel production, culminating in a climate summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
It's hoped they're the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
But public anxiety over the safety of cornavirus vaccines could undermine that goal.
All eyes are now on how the western world's first coronavirus mass innoculation programme will work out in the UK.
The nation has started rolling out the first doses of Pfizer-Biontech's vaccine against covid-19.
90-year-old Margaret Keenan was the first person to receive the jab.
The elderly, care home wrokers and healthcare staff have been prioritised to receive the 800,000 shots now available.
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Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Anna Blakney, Research Fellow and bioengineer at Imperial College London
Azeddine Ibrahimi, Professor of Medical Biotechnology at Mohammed V University of Rabat.
Sterghios Moschos, Molecular Virologist at Northumbria University

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