Guardian Weekly 5th November 2021

The Guardian Weekly magazine is a round-up of the world news, opinion and long reads that have shaped the week. Inside, the past seven days' most memorable stories are reframed with striking photography and insightful companion pieces, all handpicked from The Guardian and The Observer.

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in this issue

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eyewitness united kingdom

The world in focus A giant globe of the Earth acts as a backdrop to a communal television news studio at the Cop26 talks in Glasgow. The conference, convened to forge a global response to the climate emergency and attended by more than 120 world leaders, opened last Sunday and is set to continue through to 12 November. The Guardian Weekly Founded in Manchester, England 4 July 1919 Guardian Weekly is an edited selection of some of the best journalism found in the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the UK and the Guardian’s digital editions in the UK, US and Australia. The weekly magazine has an international focus and three editions: global, Australia and North America. The Guardian was founded in 1821, and Guardian Weekly in 1919. We exist to hold power to account in the…

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the gulf’s oil dilemma, a royal slowdown, and abba bounce back

Few regions on Earth are more central to hopes of reining in global temperature increases than the Middle East. Financed by the west’s insatiable demand for fossil fuels, cities filled with air-conditioned skyscrapers and shopping malls have risen from the desert. It’s not surprising that Gulf monarchies made rich and powerful by oil have paid little heed to thoughts of an economic transition to renewables, even though the region is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. But, asks our diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour, could the long-term view be about to change? The big story Page 10 It’s been a tough year for Queen Elizabeth. The 95-year-old British monarch lost her husband Prince Philip in April and her absence from Cop26 on doctor’s orders has focused attention on how…

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global report

1 UNITED STATES Biden unveils pledge to slash global methane emissions President Joe Biden tried to underscore his green credentials by unveiling an action plan to control methane, regarded by the administration as the single most potent way to combat the climate crisis in the short term. Leading an alliance of 90 countries, he set out new regulatory measures to limit global methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by the end of the decade. The alliance includes two-thirds of the global economy and half of the top 30 major methane-emitting countries. China, India and Russia have not joined Global Methane Pledge. The pledge was announced in September but Biden’s officials have been working hard to increase the number of signatories. The detailed US proposals may prove to be one of the lasting successes…

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Mort Sahl Comedian and satirist who revolutionised US standup in the 1950s, skewering politicians of every hue. He died on 26 October, aged 94. Dr Aaron Beck Groundbreaking American psychotherapist who was widely regarded as the father of cognitive therapy. He died on 1 November, aged 100. Ado Campbell Italian chef known as the father of tiramisu after inventing the dessert at his restaurant in Treviso. He died on 30 October, aged 93. Puneeth Rajkumar Leading star of southern Indian cinema and host of a Kannada-language version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He died on 29 October, aged 46. Walter Smith One of Scotland’s most successful football managers who helped Glasgow Rangers win 21 trophies. He died on 26 October, aged 73.…

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science and environment

EVOLUTION Newly found human ancestor named Homo bodoensis Researchers have announced the naming of a newly discovered species of human ancestor, Homo bodoensis. The species lived in Africa about 500,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene age, and was the direct ancestor of modern humans, according to scientists. The name derives from a skull found in Bodo D’ar in the Awash River valley of Ethiopia. Scientists said the epoch was significant because it had been when anatomically contemporary humans, Homo sapiens, appeared in Africa and the Neanderthals, known as Homo neanderthalensis, in Europe. Under the new classification, Homo bodoensis will describe the majority of Middle Pleistocene humans from Africa and some from south-east Europe, while many from the latter continent will be reclassified as Neanderthals. DISEASE Call for action on TB as deaths rise for…

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Bridge of skies People across Scotland and the north of England were treated to a display of the northern lights more typically enjoyed by Arctic inhabitants. The sky turned green above Belhaven bridge in Dunbar, near Edinburgh, in the early hours of Sunday as a break in cloud combined with an unusually powerful solar flare to reveal the aurora borealis in all its glory. The show was the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection - an eruption of particles that took just three days to reach and illuminate Earth’s atmosphere.…