Capitalist orthodoxies fail in the face of “a crisis that can only be endured and resolved by rediscovering the virtues of collectivism and solidarity”, writes Andrew Rawnsley (Comment). Precisely, and this is why a similar approach is needed to confront the climate emergency – and why rightwing governments will fail to do so unless they adopt a leftwing approach that does not prioritise market and profit and instead sees the merits of massive state intervention. And the coronavirus crisis rather pointedly undermines Philip Cerny’s remark that the nation state cannot have a key role in this (“My solution to the climate crisis”, Letters). What we are learning now is the importance, yes, of individual responsibility and local initiatives but also of decisive governmental action to enforce the suspension of business as usual, and of international cooperation. The only other essential element is a recognition that the climate emergency is just as … [Read more...] about Letters: a collective solution to Covid-19 and climate change
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The contrast is arresting, with the first photo showing Portman, 38, in all her splendor as she is being made up for a glam magazine shoot, while in the second snap she is seen biting into a giant cookie with messy hair and a crazed look on her face. … [Read more...] about Natalie Portman brilliantly captures how life has changed since COVID-19 hit with a hilarious ‘then vs now’ post showing her glam then binge eating
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But is this censorship, if older generations are freely choosing to remove books, or not publish them, based on a reaction they only anticipate from the young? The list of truly banned books is long and sometimes glorious, from Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 lesbian revelations in The Well of Loneliness to Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls, outlawed in Ireland in 1960. The US has forbidden all sorts of things from Ulysses to The Catcher in the Rye. And it’s not just prudishness; the Soviet Union censored many masterpieces for political reasons, including Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago and Orwell’s Animal Farm. In Britain, many controversial books were decriminalised after the 1959 Obscene Publications Act was kicked into submission by the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial and the publication of Nabokov’s Lolita. All this censorship allowed for the flood of successful, previously unpublishable novels, that we saw in … [Read more...] about Are millennials really driving ‘cancel culture’ – or is it their overcautious critics?
Wind power alone generated almost a fifth of the UK’s electricity over the year as a whole, divided equally between onshore and offshore wind projects, in large part boosted by rising generation from the new Hornsea offshore wind project off the Yorkshire coast, which is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. … [Read more...] about UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh year in a row