People, quite rightly, talk a lot about climate change. But it is now clear that man-made global warming is only one of a number of crises in play. A team of esteemed scientists led by Johan Rockstrom and Will Steffen have identified nine critical thresholds hard-wired into Earth’s environment: climate change, fertiliser use, land conversion, biodiversity loss, air pollution, ozone-layer depletion, ocean acidification, chemical pollution and freshwater withdrawals. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds says Sir David Attenborough’s show warning of mass extinction of wildlife left her in TEARS – as she pleads: ‘Everyone should watch this, it’s time to act’
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Lewis Hamilton and leading drivers have condemned Formula One and the FIA for putting drivers at risk for the sake of entertainment after a safety‑car restart led to a major accident at the Tuscan Grand Prix. Egan Bernal’s defence of his Tour de France title wilted and then collapsed definitively in the September heat, as Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey and fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar took his second stage win. Saracens scored five tries in their 40-17 win against Exeter with both teams fielding understrength teams before the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. Hull FC recorded their second victory in four days to set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final with Wigan Warriors, after eliminating Castleford. And Tom Brady, the man who helped the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles, may be gone but the most successful NFL team of the 21st-century started the season in familiar fashion. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead
It’s time, Mr Dowden, you faced up to a simple truth: artists know much more about the arts than politicians. So far the most practical plan for the theatre has come from Sam Mendes, who has made numerous recommendations: increasing the theatre’s tax-relief scheme from 20% to 50%, inviting the government to become theatrical “angels” by investing in productions, challenging the streaming services to put money into an industry from which they directly benefit. Have you spoken to Sir Sam about his ideas? Have you co-opted him onto the cultural renewal taskforce you have set up? Or are you simply fiddle-faddling while Rome burns? … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
And these problems don’t just affect big cities. Part of the justification for agglomeration is that wealth generated in city centres will eventually “trickle outwards” as investors look for cheaper opportunities – hence Boris Johnson’s assertion in 2016 that a “pound spent in Croydon is far more valuable to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde”. But in reality, this model has skewed investment, directing it away from manufacturing and other industries that still make up the bulk of employment in towns and outer city areas. As a result, many areas across the country – despite being ready and hungry for it – remain starved of investment. … [Read more...] about UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders
Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire have been plunged into lockdown Thousands of secondary school kids returned to their classes in masks today An Oxford expert claims there is no second wave of Covid-19 Spain is the new Europe hotspot as it is spreading faster than in the US The discrepancy in the figures is based on when they were recorded. … [Read more...] about UK coronavirus death toll grows by 10 to 41,514 as cases rise by 1,508 in last 24 hours