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COP27: “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator”

COP27: “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator”

Breaking News, Climate, Explainers
Are world leaders ready to take action at COP27? Image Credit: Marcus Spiske for unsplashed World leaders plan to take action against climate change as they gather in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27. So far only 25 out of 200 countries invited to attend the summit have submitted their plans to address climate change. Antonio Guterres, United Nations chief, has urged the attendees to cooperate with global efforts saying: “It is either a climate solidarity pact or a collective suicide pact.” After a major u-turn Rishi Sunak is in attendance of the 27th annual climate summit, and is expected urge world leaders to move “further and faster” in the battle against climate change. COP27 outlines three main areas of focus for this year's conference: reducing emissions, helping c
Just Stop Oil protesters block M25, one wails: “I don’t have a future”

Just Stop Oil protesters block M25, one wails: “I don’t have a future”

Breaking News, Climate, Explainers, Politics, Transport
Congestion chaos as activists climb motorway gantries Image credit: Surrey Police Significant sections of the M25 were closed Monday morning after Just Stop Oil protesters climbed gantries along England’s busiest motorway. Just two days after a High Court Order was issued to prevent protests on the M25, activists took to the artery, leaving motorists at a standstill on stretches across London, Surrey and Kent. https://youtu.be/nxlx4aYJgqs Video Credit: Nicholas Dunning Louise, 24, a tearful protester, cried: “I’m here because I don’t have a future.” Cognisant of the divisiveness of the protests, she reasoned: “You’re entitled to hate me but I wish you would direct all that anger and hatred at our government.” Just Stop Oil demanded that the government not issue any new
Sunak ponders COP27, Londoners insist: ‘Climate change is the most important thing’

Sunak ponders COP27, Londoners insist: ‘Climate change is the most important thing’

Breaking News, Climate
Mixed reactions have continued to trail Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as he hasn’t confirmed his attendance to this year's world climate change conference in Egypt, COP27. Source: Wikipedia Sunak had earlier expressed doubts about attending this year's COP27. He attributed his possible absence 'to other pressing domestic commitments'. While some Londoners believe that Sunak should be at the conference, others feel it should not be the priority, rather the action taken by the government. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqhYeRslFt8 Maria, 23, told Westminster World that Sunak has a lot of work to do but the companies should also take action. She said: "All these summits and conferences are important as long as there is an action taken from them”. John, an author who lives i
How is clothes waste changing Chile’s desert into a fast fashion graveyard

How is clothes waste changing Chile’s desert into a fast fashion graveyard

Breaking News, Climate, clothes, economy, Environment, Explainers, Explainers
Fast fashion, producing more products at a lower price, has grown up a lot lately. It is generally known that it's a problem for our planet, however, why exactly? This explainer reveals the life cycle of fast fashion clothes and focuses on why Chile’s nature has to “pay” for its waste. Picture by: Pixabay Life cycle of fast fashion clothes Created by: Sarlota Touzimska Why Chile? Chile has for long been a centre for wasted clothes manufactured mostly in China. It is the biggest second-hand clothes importer in South America. “Unfortunately, we have transformed our city into the world’s garbage dump”, stated Mayor of Alto Hospico, Patricio Ferreira.The original idea was to help the economy , but things went wrong. As only a small part of the clothes is sold, the rest travels
How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

Breaking News, Climate, clothes, Environment, Explainers, Fashion, Worldnews
Fast Fashion is having a negative impact on the environment more than ever as popular online brands grow to keep up with the latest fashion trends. This explainer dives into the consequences that fast fashion is having in Chile and what we can do to minimise those consequences. Original Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-60249712
Countdown from 24: Solar terms in  Beijing Winter Olympics

Countdown from 24: Solar terms in Beijing Winter Olympics

Breaking News, Climate, Culture, Explainers
2022 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Credit: Weibo.com Speaking of the countdown to the opening of the Olympic Games, what else can you think of besides numbers? At the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, general director Zhang Yimou creatively used a new countdown method - using the traditional Chinese 24 solar terms instead of numbers to express the pass of time. The day of the opening ceremony is the first of the 24 solar terms, "Lichun", which means the beginning of spring. It is also the inspiration of this idea. What are the 24 solar terms? The 24 solar terms are specific days in the Chinese lunisolar calendar that represent the changes of natural rhythm. There are four seasons of the year, three four seasons, and two solar terms per month. Each solar ter...
How will the government level up life expectancy?

How will the government level up life expectancy?

Breaking News, Data Journalism, Explainer, Explainers, Health, Obesity, Science
We have now received the highly anticipated Levelling Up white paper, which will set out how the government will level up those parts of the country left behind. What does this mean, and how will it tackle the issue of geographic differences in life expectancy across the UK? The phrase used by politicians to refer to the process of fixing this issue is ‘levelling up.’ Behind the rhetoric are very real issues severely impacting people’s lives.  Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, visits Grimsby. Credit: Simon Dawson (CC) What does levelling up mean? The House of Commons Library defines a left-behind area as somewhere with "low pay and employment" that leads to "low standards of living." As a result of these factors, the health of a region may also be impac
Air pollution hitting deprived and POC communities hardest

Air pollution hitting deprived and POC communities hardest

Climate, Environment, Extinction Rebellion, extinction rebellion, Health, London, London Mayor, Politics, protest, Science, Transport, UK news, urban
Air pollution burdens low income and communities of colour resulting in major health risks.  Source: Unsplash The British Heart Foundation found that 15 million Brits are exposed to toxic air. The majority of which are people of colour and those within deprived communities; a report conducted by Natural England in 2019 revealed Britons who are POC were exposed to particulate matter pollution rates at 19-29% higher than White Britons.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2OIcQ-7y8 Environmental racism is a form of systematic racism where communities of colour are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to reside near or around polluted areas. Environmental Justice is not simply highlighting the discrepancies b...
‘Trickling away to nothingness is not inspiring for me’: Should the UK legalise assisted dying?

‘Trickling away to nothingness is not inspiring for me’: Should the UK legalise assisted dying?

Adults, Breaking News, Explainers, Health, News, NHS, Opinion, Politics, Science, UK news, Worldnews
Assisted dying is currently illegal in the UK. It is being debated in Parliament and about to the enter the committee stage. The right to end your own life has always caused controversy, and this bill could see the UK follow other countries by legalising euthanasia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOBkAlpAYo Credit: Politics.co.uk, Youtube The bill would enable terminally ill adults to end their own life with those providing assistance avoiding prosecution. This legislation could be seen as a solution to the issues surrounding palliative care, something that many feel is lacking. However, when people are in so much pain, should they have autonomy over their own lives and when to die? Polls taken on the issue of assisted dying consistently demonstrate that the majority of the pu...
Why sustainably sourced palm oil matters for the world

Why sustainably sourced palm oil matters for the world

Animal Rights, Breaking News, Climate, Environment, Explainer, International, Worldnews
https://youtu.be/r3J3_v5E5m0 Palm oil is found in 50% of all supermarket products, from food to cleaning items to cosmetics. This includes things like bread, chips, chocolate, dish soap, floor cleaners, lipstick and even ice cream. Though affordable and versatile, this shelf stable crop oil is not stable nor sustainable for the environment, including humans and animals. The environmental cost for harvesting crop oil includes deforestation, displacement and degradation of local wildlife populations and even allegations of sexual abuse and forced labour on plantations. Some countries have responded by placing bans on palm oil, but is that the right solution or is there something else that needs to be done?