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Fueling the Fire
Prophecies of a long, hard, cold winter dominated headlines over the past few weeks after soaring wholesale gas prices and the HGV driver shortage coalesced to create chaos across Britain. Gas companies went bust, fertiliser plants were forced to shut, and millions of consumers were left fearing high bills and empty shelves and fuel tanks. While much remains uncertain, what we can be sure about is that the climate crisis will continue to engulf our everyday lives until the Government takes even more serious action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Seeing Code Red
August saw the landmark publication of the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC, a report that’s been described as a ‘code red for humanity’. It offers irrefutable evidence of mankind's role in the ongoing climate crisis and a clear signal that if we want to prevent further disaster, we have to take urgent action now.
After the Deluge
From Wallonia to Maharashtra, July saw unprecedented floods devestate communities in Germany, Belgium, China and India. After rapid rainfall triggered landslides in Western Europe, it’s estimated over 180 died in Germany and Belgium. At least 99 people are believed to have died in China, and more than 200,000 people were moved to shelters.
G7: More Empty Promises?
Earlier last month, world leaders gathered in Carbis Bay, Cornwall for the widely anticipated G7 Summit. As the seven largest IMF advanced economies, the G7 nations account for close to 60% of global net wealth. As such, the promises they make and/or miss have wide-reaching consequences. This is truer than ever as the coronavirus pandemic and climate crisis continue to wreak havoc on the world. The summit generated headlines for some of the leaders’ hypocritical antics, but did anything really happen?
Climate Battles & The Future of Farming
News emerged this month about a potential trade deal between the UK and Australia which could eradicate quotas and tariffs on trade. Critics call the deal a ‘betrayal of British farming’, as analysts predict that Australian imports could rise by 83.2% as part of the deal, with animal products expected to comprise a significant chunk of that.
No, Nature Isn’t Healing
When, a year ago, the world found itself in various forms of lockdown, a whimsical meme emerged. Quaint images of dolphins gliding through Venetian canals and Kashmiri goats roaming through an empty Welsh village were adorned with a message — ”nature is healing”. Sometimes silly, sometimes serious, the message offered a form of cosmic solace, a sense that, while the pandemic was an unprecedented disaster, perhaps there was still a silver lining to it all.
Happy Earth Day!
It’s 51 years to the day since the first Earth Day was held. What started as a call for environmental reform by the American public has evolved into what it is today - a loud, worldwide movement made up of millions. Join events online this year - it’s hard not to feel energised (hopeful even), hearing from leaders within environmentalism speak about the mobilisation of global climate action.
It would be hard to talk about March 2021 without mentioning the giant container ship hopelessly stranded in the Suez Canal for over a week, holding up $59 billion in traded goods. From the plethora of resulting memes sprang the website istheshipstillstuck.com, which went very viral. Its creator Tom Neill selflessly used his newfound fame to promote Tythe, bringing in a wave of subscribers. A warm welcome to you all! The internet is wild.
The Unseen Pandemic
We won't cushion it, February wasn't a great month for the climate. As the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon reaches a 10-year high, critics have put pressure on Facebook to tackle the illegal purchase of plots of Amazon rainforest on its platform. The BBC went undercover to investigate this frightening trend.