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‘I’m begging the government to listen’: Martin Lewis on getting political, mental health and the cost of living crisis

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Martin Lewis is in his happy place. The keen walker is sitting in an outdoor cafe in a London park he loves, and, a couple of days shy of his 50th birthday, is a contented family man who assiduously expunges any swear...

We can’t all work ourselves out of the cost of living crisis

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The government’s responses to the cost of living crisis are mainly long term and do not respond to the immediate and dire situations of people in the greatest need (Boris Johnson to stress work as the fix for cost of ...

Our Time on Earth review – ear-splitting obstacle course of barmy solutions to the climate crisis

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“Breathe,” whispers the disembodied voice in the darkened threshold to the Barbican’s Curve gallery. “Just one breath, shared by all living things.” The air we breathe comes from sea creatures and trees, it tells me, ...

‘One woman took out 13 of her own teeth’: the terrifying truth about Britain’s dental crisis

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It is over an hour before the emergency dental clinic is due to open, but Jodie Manning is taking no chances. She hasn’t been able to eat for four days – “I can’t physically bite down any more” – and is determined to ...

Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

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Cutting methane sharply now is crucial, as focusing on carbon dioxide alone will not be enough to keep rising temperatures within livable limits, scientists have warned. CO2 is the greenhouse gas most responsible for ...

Deadly Indian heatwave made 30 times more likely by climate crisis

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The heatwave scorching India and Pakistan has been made 30 times more likely by the climate crisis, according to scientists. Extreme temperatures and low rainfall since mid-March have caused widespread suffering, incl...

We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis

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In recent weeks, the western public has been obsessed with the question “What goes on in Putin’s mind?” Western pundits wonder: do the people around him tell him the whole truth? Is he ill or going insane? Are we push...

Frontline workers: how has the cost of living crisis affected your work?

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We would like to hear from key workers, including firefighters, social workers, healthcare workers, carers, and police officers, about how the cost of living crisis has affected the communities they work in. In what w...

Kim Jong-un buries mentor amid North Korea Covid crisis

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Kim Jong-un attended the funeral for a top North Korean official, state media reported on Monday, helping carry his coffin, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its coronavirus outbreak is subsiding....

Boris Johnson to stress work as the fix for cost of living crisis

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Boris Johnson hopes to blunt calls for urgent action on the cost of living crisis by stressing that work is the best route out of poverty, as an energy firm boss warned that 40% of households could soon be in fuel pov...

The food crisis is what happens when global chains collapse. We might need to get used to it

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All my life, the widely shared assumption has been that there will always be food to buy – albeit at a price. No more. Suddenly, Russia’s successful blockade of Ukraine, choking off its crucially important exports of ...

The Observer view on the growing crisis in Sri Lanka

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There is not a country that has escaped the combined economic shocks of Covid-19 and the global spike in oil and food prices triggered by Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine. Painful for wealthy countries, for low...

The town at the center of California’s climate refugee crisis

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After Julia Cheek lost all of her belongings in the Camp fire, she longed for a safe place to lay her head at night. When she finally received a check from the California utility that had caused the fire, Cheek used i...

HSBC pressured to sack banker who discredited climate crisis warnings

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HSBC is under pressure to fire a senior banker in charge of responsible investing after a speech in which he described warnings about the climate crisis as “unsubstantiated” and “shrill”, made light of major flooding ...

Baby formula crisis: Abbott enriched shareholders as factory needed repairs, records show

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A deadly bacteria outbreak in baby formula and an ongoing formula shortage stem from issues some economists characterize as “rot” in the nation’s economic system: prioritization of shareholder wealth and consolidation...

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