Tag: coronavirus

Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Survey finds three-quarters of adults in Britain concerned about the impact of next health emergency Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency, according to a report from the Red Cross that says three-quarters of people in the UK are worried about the next potential pandemic. A survey […]

Over 30 million people ‘one step away from starvation’, UN warns

The pandemic, climate crisis and conflict combining to drive ‘alarming’ levels of global hunger, says report Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Acute hunger is likely to soar in more than 20 countries in the next few months, the UN has warned. Families in pockets of Yemen and South Sudan are already […]

From tax hikes to ‘levelling up’: Rishi Sunak faces budget grilling by MPs

Treasury committee hopes to pin down chancellor on investment, the environment, NHS and universal credit Rishi Sunak will face questions from MPs on the influential Commons Treasury committee this week over his spend now, pay later budget plan to combine emergency Covid support schemes with the biggest tax rises since 1993. The chancellor outlined tax […]

Central banks aren’t what they used to be – and the better for it

Banks now tackle diverse issues, be it Covid-19, climate change or inequality. Purists may disagree but there’s no other option We are used to thinking about the remit of central banks as focusing narrowly on price stability, or at most as targeting inflation while ensuring the smooth operation of the payment system. But with the […]

Britons set for a post-Covid spending binge, says Bank chief

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey says economy should make a strong recovery from the pandemic The Bank of England is braced for the possibility that a mood of national depression that engulfed Britain as it plunged into a third national lockdown will end with a spending spree when restrictions are lifted. In an interview […]

Helping poorest tackle climate crisis will boost global growth, says IMF head

Kristalina Georgieva says investing to create resilient economies is a ‘win-win-win-win’ scenario Helping the most vulnerable people to cope with the climate crisis can boost the global economy during the Covid crisis and governments should make this a priority, the head of the International Monetary Fund has said. Kristalina Georgieva said international responses to the […]

President Biden and Boris Johnson share hopes for end to Covid in first phone call

The 46th US president and the UK prime minister also discussed Nato, climate change and human rights Boris Johnson has had his first call with Joe Biden since the new US president entered the White House on Wednesday. Downing Street said Johnson congratulated Biden on his inauguration and that the two leaders looked forward to […]

Jennifer Mills on how pandemic solidarity can help us tackle climate change and inequality

Author Jennifer Mills reflects on how the idea of breath ties together the three crises of 2020: the climate crisis, racial injustice and the pandemic. She compares Australia’s ‘gas-led recovery’ plan to Europe’s willingness to embrace solutions to the climate emergency as part of its economic recovery This interview with Jennifer Mills is based on […]

The biggest Coalition conspiracy theory is climate change denial | Greg Jericho

MPs’ unfounded claims about the US Capitol attack and Covid treatments pale next to the granddaddy of misinformation Nasa announced this week that 2020 – a year which included a La Niña event normally associated with lower temperatures – was the hottest year on record. It was also the week in which the Morrison government […]

2020 vision

A meeting of smoke and storms (NASA Earth Observatory) No-one needs another litany of all the terrible things that happened this year, but there are three areas relevant to climate science that are worth thinking about: What actually happened in climate/weather (and how they can be teased apart). There is a good summary on the […]