Tag: Society

Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows

Climate crisis brings stark intergenerational injustice but rapid emission cuts can limit damage People born today will suffer many times more extreme heatwaves and other climate disasters over their lifetimes than their grandparents, research has shown. The study is the first to assess the contrasting experience of climate extremes by different age groups and starkly […]

Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation

National disaster declared as crops fail after poor rains and locusts, while ethnic conflicts add to crisis An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests. The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said people living in 23 counties across the arid north, northeastern and coastal […]

‘Lost generation’: education in quarter of countries at risk of collapse, study warns

Covid, climate breakdown, poverty and war threaten return to school after pandemic kept 1.5bn children out of classes ‘Their future could be destroyed’: the global struggle for schooling after Covid closures The education of hundreds of millions of children is hanging by a thread as a result of an unprecedented intensity of threats including Covid […]

UK medical schools must teach about climate change, say students

Extreme weather events widen existing inequalities and traumatise victims while climate anxiety affects mental health Medical students are demanding their schools include climate change as a core component of the curriculum, as the intensifying climate emergency highlights the corresponding health crisis. Hannah Chase, a final year medical student at Oxford said the sense of urgency […]

If we can vaccinate the world, we can beat the climate crisis | Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Rich countries can’t expect to be trusted on their climate promises if they fail the poorest on vaccines It would only cost $50bn to ensure 40% of the world’s population is vaccinated by the end of the year, and 60% by the first half of 2022. This is a recent estimate from the IMF, the […]

Gordon Brown: Boris Johnson’s mistakes could still catch up with him

Exclusive: ex-PM cites example of Margaret Thatcher whose political demise came soon after landslide win Boris Johnson’s conduct in office could still sink him despite his buoyancy in opinion polls, Gordon Brown has said, recalling the demise of Margaret Thatcher three years after a landslide election victory because “mistakes … caught up with her”. The […]

What’s Going On at 50: Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece is still so true to life

The album’s unresolved, discordant elements make this album truly timeless – that, and the fact that too few of its concerns have been addressed since 1971 Marvin Gaye’s classic 1971 record What’s Going On turns 50 this month, which means more people than ever will have occasion to note how timely it is. “He could […]

Climate action could save ‘millions of lives’ through clean air, diet and exercise

Meeting Paris goals would bring health benefits aside from tackling global heating, research says Thousands of lives lost to air pollution, inactivity and unhealthy diets could be saved each year if the UK takes the action needed to tackle climate change, researchers have said. Across the world, millions of lives could be saved if countries […]

Wetlands, beavers and Cinderella causes; the growth of environmental funding

Donations from individuals and charities to green causes more than double since 2016 Philanthropic donations to environmental causes have more than doubled in value in the UK as the climate crisis and unprecedented biodiversity loss attract increasing attention from individuals and charities. The amounts of money given to support efforts to tackle climate change and […]

The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better | Editorial

The British public are way ahead of the government in their ideas for a fairer, greener country. Time for Downing Street to listen Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected […]