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Daily Briefing July 24: To reduce carbon, kelp may help; who gets monkeypox vaccine?

Environment reporter Sue Surkes on climate crisis solutions and her family’s soccer connection; health correspondent Nathan Jeffay notes that fist bumps don’t protect against COVID

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Environment reporter Sue Surkes and health and science correspondent Nathan Jeffay join host Anne Gordon on today’s episode.

With a heatwave in Israel’s forecast this week, and the mercury rising dramatically elsewhere throughout the world, we might ask if this is the future. Surkes reports on a dire claim that meeting the terms of the Paris Accords will not do enough to save humanity. But, she says, there are several plans afoot that may do the trick.

Jeffay explains Israel’s policy on the monkeypox vaccine, including who may be at risk and who can avoid too much worry.

He also recalls US President Joe Biden’s fist bumps, in light of his recent infection with COVID-19, with a reminder about how the virus is transmitted.

Surkes tells the story of how the Tottenham Hotspur soccer (football) club came to be particularly meaningful to her family. Tottenham plays A.S. Roma in a friendly game on Saturday in Haifa.

Discussed articles include:

UN official sees Israel primed to lead globe in developing carbon capture tech

Israel’s monkeypox vaccines strategy: Stop sexual spread to those most at-risk

Moderna’s new variant-busting COVID vaccine starting trial in Israel

Fist-bumping Biden isn’t reducing COVID risk in Israel by avoiding handshakes

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