Monsanto was different. Representatives from the old American chemical company, which had a dark history of making Agent Orange and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), came to the Guardian offices in 1997 claiming that Monsanto was the leader of the new “biological” age, having re-invented itself as a global seed company and world saviour. Five directors sat down in new editor Alan Rusbridger’s office, and within minutes were literally thumping the table, saying that we had misunderstood their intention to feed the world with GM food. … [Read more...] about Teargas, trees and oil: my life in the greatest job on earth
Why earth is the only planet with life
Alexa, how can we save the planet? Artificial intelligence is not yet so far advanced that a robot on its own is going to halt and reverse climate change. More capital, of both the human and the financial kind, needs to be invested in finding answers. That is largely the point of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s announcement that he will be donating $10bn (£7.7bn) to launch the Bezos Earth Fund. “This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world,” Bezos declared in an Instagram post. “We can save Earth.” … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t Jeff Bezos pay more tax instead of launching a $10bn green fund?
When Francis was recruited by Calabar he initially travelled the nine miles to and from school by bus. “He needed all kinds of support,” I was told by Andrea Hardware, a human resources executive with a big telecommunications company, whose children attended Calabar, and who now manages the school’s athletics team. “Javon needed educational support, financial support, and through our committee and myself that was provided for him. But I got very concerned when I got a call telling me he’s coming to school late, he’s sleeping in class, he’s not keeping up – that sort of thing.” … [Read more...] about From Usain Bolt to ‘Donkey Man’ – how Jamaica stays so fast
Instead of Mandrem's endless straight sands that disappear off into the horizon, Palolem is in a bay formed by headlands less than three miles apart (the resulting beach, a photogenic arc, was used as a location in The Bourne Supremacy). It is also quite crowded, though not uncomfortably so. There is a wide range of accommodation, from huts made from bamboo matting that outside the December peak can be haggled down to 600 rupees (£7.50) a night to plush beachfront studios made of black wood for 10 times more. I stayed right on the beach, at Rose Buds Beach Huts – in a simple wooden shack that had a cold shower, a creaky fan in the ceiling and staff with a brutal sense of banter. … [Read more...] about A guide to Goa’s unspoilt beaches
It would be a profound mistake to wait for hackers to gain control of a commercial satellite and use it to threaten life, limb and property – here on Earth or in space – before addressing this issue. … [Read more...] about Hackers could turn our satellites into MISSILES to attack us, scientists warn