The world's wealthiest 1% produce twice as much carbon emissions as the poorest 50%, according to a new report. "Despite sharp falls in carbon emissions in 2020 linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis - which is driven by the accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere over time - continued to grow," the Cambridge Sustainability Commission has warned. Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, it says that government "must use this historic juncture to build fairer economies within the limits our planet can bear". Watch: The Daily Climate Show Dramatic lifestyle changes are needed among the so-called "polluter elite" to limit global warming to the 1.5 Celsius target set out in the Paris Agreement, the report said. Advertisement To avoid passing this limit, the richest 1% will need to reduce their emissions by a factor of at least 30 by 2030 - while the world's poorest 50% should be able increase their emissions by three times … [Read more...] about Climate change: Wealthiest 1% are driving global carbon emissions, says new report
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The Edinburgh International Festival has announced a return for this summer, with three specially designed pavilions enabling the event to take place with the majority of shows outdoors for the first time in its 74-year history. Live performances will be held at a number of spaces across the Scottish capital, including at pavilions at Edinburgh Park, the University of Edinburgh's Old College Quad, and a third location to be confirmed. Organisers are also working with the Scottish government and other authorities to introduce COVID-19 safety measures including shorter performances with no intervals, physical distancing, regular cleaning, and contactless ticketing. Last year's festival, along with sister events such as the Edinburgh Fringe, was among the many cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, these measures mean it can return for 2021, running from 7 to 29 August. While lockdown restrictions may have been lifted by then, organisers of … [Read more...] about Edinburgh International Festival announces outdoor return with special pavilions to host events across city
A fifth of the UK’s energy comes from nuclear but opposition to the power source persists. Environmentalists say the best argument against nuclear energy are Fukushima and Chernobyl . They say whilst the risks of accidents are tiny, the impact if something goes wrong can be devastating - and the fall-out over what to do with millions of tonnes of water used to cool the power station at Fukushima illustrates that global public confidence in nuclear energy still needs repair. There are always going to be bigger safety concerns about nuclear energy compared to say wind or solar. That coupled mainly with cost issues means environmental groups like Greenpeace are opposed to the building of new nuclear power stations. Advertisement Nuclear energy is expensive, largely due to the safety systems needed, while the cost of renewables like solar fall year on year. The world is being urged to turn its back on fossil fuels like coal and favour low … [Read more...] about Fukushima ‘failings’ add fuel to fire of world’s anti-nuclear movement
Actor Hank Azaria has apologised for his role in upholding "structural racism" by voicing an Indian character on The Simpsons. Azaria, who is white, had performed the voice of Indian shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in the long-running animated show since 1990, but stepped back last year as part of a change in casting culture in animation. Speaking to the Armchair Expert podcast, hosted by actors Dax Sheppard and Monica Padman, he told the hosts that he'd "had a date with destiny with this thing for about 31 years". He added: "Part of me feels like I need to go around to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologise, and sometimes I do when it comes up." Azaria also turned to podcast co-host Monica Padman, who is Indian-American herself, and said sorry to her personally. Advertisement He told her: "I know you weren't asking for that, but it's important. "I apologise for my part in creating that and participating … [Read more...] about The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria apologises for his part in ‘structural racism’ by voicing Apu in the show
A FRENCH town called Bitche has been cancelled by Facebook – because it sounds like a sexist insult. Now other French places with names including Arse, Anus, Condom, and Pussy also risk being cancelled by the Facebook algorithms. Officials in the small community on the River Horn, on the German border, on Tuesday confirmed that the page "has been censored" since last month. “We’ve appealed but this can take a long while,” said a town hall spokesman in Bitche, which has a population of just 5000." In the meantime, they have renamed their Facebook page ‘Mairie 57230’ – a combination of the word for ‘town hall’ and their postcode. Valérie Degouy, a spokesperson for Bitche, told local radio: “I appealed on 19 March but [the page] hasn’t reappeared again. I have tried every way to contact Facebook, through the different forms, but there is nothing more to do. "I tried to send a private message on the Facebook France page, I left about 10 messages every day. "I was … [Read more...] about French town of BITCHE cancelled by Facebook for its ‘offensive’ name… so will Orgy, Condom and Pussy be next?