May 12, 2019

Chart: Advanced economies trend toward decarbonization

Advanced economies are emitting less carbon now than at any time since the 1980s.

Source: OECD via Bespoke Investment Group; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Even if countries don't achieve their Paris Agreement goals, decarbonization is a long-term trend worth investing in. As countries get richer, they invariably also get cleaner. This week Britain burned no coal for electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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