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Over 140,000, mostly children, died from measles in 2018

In this image, a woman holds a baby as it is given a shot by a medical professional.
A medical assistant gives an MMR vaccine to an infant at the Medical Arts Pediatric Med Group in Los Angeles in 2015. Photo: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

142,300 people — mostly children under five years old — died from measles in 2018, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The big picture: Cases of the vaccine-preventable infection continue to spike around the world. Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Liberia and Somalia had the highest incidence rates of the infection in 2018.

Climate models got it right on projected temperature changes

Illustration of a package with an earth logo on it and the words "fragile, handle with care"
llustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Models that climate scientists used in recent decades to project temperature changes have generally been very accurate, a new peer-reviewed study concludes.

Why it matters: It serves to rebut conservative opponents of proposals aimed at cutting emissions, who have long argued that models haven't gotten it right as part of broader attacks on climate science.