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At this year's G-7 summit Germany will push its plan for countries to join together in a ‘climate club' to tackle global warming. The idea was first floated by Yale economist William Nordhaus, who said the voluntary nature of existing climate agreements hasn’t resulted in sufficient progress. Members of the club would agree on ambitious emissions targets and exempt each other from climate-related trade tariffs. Experts say success depends on getting a critical mass of countries to join that would include major economies from Europe, North America and Asia. This could put pressure on major polluters in the developing world, such as China and India, to step up their efforts or see their exports slapped with tariffs.

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NONFICTION: "Cabin Fever" takes us inside the Zaandam, which had an unanticipated passenger — the coronavirus. "Cabin Fever" by Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin; Doubleday (253 pages, $30) ——— The best nonfiction, in my mind, reads like a novel. It's filled with compelling characters and takes you to a place you'd never otherwise experience. It tells a story that grabs you by the throat and ...

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After five weeks of declining coronavirus deaths, the number of fatalities reported globally increased by 4% last week, according to the World Health Organization. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic issued on Thursday, the U.N. health agency said there were 8,700 COVID-19 deaths last week, with a 21% jump in the Americas and a 17% increase in the Western Pacific. WHO said coronavirus cases continued to fall, with about 3.2 million new cases reported last week, extending a decline in COVID-19 infections since a peak in January.

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