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The building blocks needed to prevent climate catastrophe

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As ever, George Monbiot hits the nail on the head with his article emphasising the need to reduce building, especially roads that just exacerbate climate degradation (We can’t build our way out of the environmental cr...

Yesterday’s war: why Raab did not foresee Afghanistan catastrophe

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Dominic Raab has been reluctant to criticise Joe Biden, who has faced an unprecedented wave of criticism over the US exit from Afghanistan, partly because he always saw the decision as inevitable, and partly because i...

I Love Lucy to Catastrophe: how the sitcom wife evolved in 10 classic characters

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Traditionally, the sitcom wife isn’t much of a laugh. In the collective imagination, she is the selfless linchpin of the family, the fun police, the industrious straight woman, the butt of the joke, the servile glamou...

The IPCC report is clear: nothing short of transforming society will avert catastrophe

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The release today of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report makes for stark reading. It reaffirms that anthropogenic climate change is real, present and lasting: it i...

Reduce methane or face climate catastrophe, scientists warn

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Cutting carbon dioxide is not enough to solve the climate crisis – the world must act swiftly on another powerful greenhouse gas, methane, to halt the rise in global temperatures, experts have warned. Leading climate ...

‘It will be a catastrophe’: fate of Syria’s last aid channel rests in Russia’s hands

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Just over half a mile away from the Bab al-Hawa border crossing connecting Syria and Turkey a 6th-century triumphal arch still stands, the remains of a Roman road stretching straight as an arrow on either side. For mi...

The looming famine in Tigray is an avoidable catastrophe

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It is hard to believe it’s happening again, even harder to believe that so few people seem to know or care. A massive famine is unfolding in Tigray in northern Ethiopia. Five million people are in need of food aid, an...

Catastrophe stalks Afghanistan as the US and UK dash for the exit

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Military retreats from Afghanistan are problematic, as the British (1842) and the Red Army (1989) discovered to their cost. The cliffs of the Khyber Pass feature many memorials and plaques to departing or defeated for...

German cardinal offers to resign over sexual abuse ‘catastrophe’

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of Germany’s most senior Catholics, has offered his resignation to the pope over the “catastrophe” of sexual abuse by clerics and other church members. Marx, the archbishop of Munich and Fr...

Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge

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Nepal is struggling to contain an explosion in Covid-19 cases, as fears grow that the situation in the Himalayan country may be as bad, if not worse, than in neighbouring India, with which it shares a long and porous ...

Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid rampant Covid surge

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Nepal is struggling to contain an explosion in Covid-19 cases, as fears grow that the situation in the Himalayan country may be as bad, if not worse, than in neighbouring India, with which it shares a long and porous ...

Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe: ‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’

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During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even further. From a public podium, he accused the...

Four steps this Earth Day to avert environmental catastrophe

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Today is Earth Day, which should provide us with an opportunity to pause and confront the awful predicament humanity faces. We eat microplastics, breathe pollution and watch other life-forms decline to extinction. We ...

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’: Brazil’s Covid-19 response lambasted by MSF

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The Brazilian government’s negligent response to Covid-19 has plunged the South American country into a snowballing “humanitarian catastrophe” that is likely to intensify in the coming weeks, the medical NGO Médecins ...

Bolsonaro’s ‘genocidal’ Covid response has led to Brazilian catastrophe, Dilma Rousseff says

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Jair Bolsonaro’s perverse and “genocidal” response to one of the world’s deadliest Covid outbreaks has left Brazil “adrift on an ocean of hunger and disease”, the country’s former president Dilma Rousseff has claimed....

Pioneering rewilding project faces ‘catastrophe’ from plan for new houses

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It is a place where rare white storks raise their chicks alongside peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies, where the trees are filled with endangered turtle doves and nightingales, and where the population o...