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The Informer: As we hurtle towards a climate endgame, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on

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The endgame is here.

We are hurtling towards a global temperature rise 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the tipping point of severe irreversible climate change.

That's the word from The Climate Council's latest report calling for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2035.

The report declares the world has now "reached the endgame" and a dramatic escalation in the scale and speed of the global emissions reduction effort will be needed to avoid disastrous consequences.

The 75-page report, titled Aim High, Go Fast, states reaching net zero emission by 2050 is "about a decade too late" and the goal needs to be brought forward to 2040. Urging Australia to hit the goal by 2035.

With our minds still raw from the severe fires of Black Summer and the more recent devastating floods on the country's east coast, it's about time people in power sit up and listen when those in the know warn of more extreme weather events and environmental threats.

Speaking of Canberra and there's been good news today for NDIS participants, with plans to enforce independent assessments put on hold.

Fierce opposition and political pressure has seen NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds confirm she won't make a decision on the introduction of the new regime until the results of an ongoing trial have been assessed.

Staying in Canberra and the debate over the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison declaring it is still possible for all Australians to have their first dose by the year's end.

United States' leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci also weighed in on the subject, declaring it should be the "highest priority" to tackle the pandemic.

Globally, the vaccine rollout has been hit by more troubles after US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson delayed its COVID-19 shot and Denmark said it would drop AstraZeneca's jab over the risk of blood clotting.

In Brazil's most populous state, Sao Paulo, residents are being warned its ability to care for seriously ill COVID-19 patients is on the verge of collapse as it runs perilously low on key drugs, while India's new infections hit a record high on Wednesday.

There has been more than 2.9 million deaths since the pandemic started and more than 138 million cases across the globe.

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