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Global economic support for COVID-19 relief is providing an opportunity to kick-start a shift toward a green future. Maksim Chernyshev/EyeEm via Getty Images

Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst of climate change while rebooting economies

Over US$12 trillion of COVID-19 relief has been promised. If a small portion was put toward economy-boosting green investments, the world could get on track to avoid the worst of climate change.
The next administration will need to carefully weigh the economic, social and environmental impacts of both climate change and the policy responses. Jim Watson/Getty Images

Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can they be transformative?

After four years of the US government undoing climate change policies and partnerships, a Biden administration has a chance to rebuild that leadership. But success will require more than quick wins.
A worker repackages vaccines in a factory owned by Indonesia’s pharmaceutical firm Bio Farma in Bandung, West Java. ANTARA FOTO/Raisan Al Farisi/wsj/18.

Indonesia is set to become the hub for Chinese vaccines in Southeast Asia. How does the country benefit?

If Indonesia can maximise its role as the hub for the production and distribution of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines for Southeast Asia region, the country may gain profits.
Researchers develop COVID-19 vaccines in Bio Farma, Indonesia’s pharmaceutical holding company Bio Farma in Bandung, West Java. ANTARA FOTO/Dhemas Reviyanto/foc

Delaying a COVID-19 vaccination program may cost Indonesia US$44 billion

Delaying a widespread vaccination program would cause not only higher causalities but also long term economic loss for Indonesia.
Pick a political flavour: a Christchurch ice cream shop named its offerings after the party leaders during the 2020 campaign. GettyImages

NZ election 2020: 5 experts on the final debate and the campaign’s winners and losers ahead of the big decision

It was a campaign like no other, and while there were missed opportunities and lapses of judgement, the fact New Zealanders are voting in a safe and fair election is reason enough to celebrate.
A man looks at foreign currency exchange rates on an electronic panel in Jakarta, Indonesia. FOTO ANTARA/Rosa Panggabean/ed/mes/11

Indonesia and China inked a deal to promote the use of the Yuan and Rupiah. The political and economic implications are huge

The agreement marks a key milestone in strengthening bilateral financial cooperation between the world's largest exporter, China, and Southeast Asia's largest economy, Indonesia.

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