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‘Having to close would be a disaster’: Omicron is ominous for hospitality

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The Parkers Arms in rural Lancashire is freezing cold and cannot take bookings over the phone, at least for now. Four days ago, Storm Arwen took out the power lines and telephone wires linking this rural Lancashire ga...

Kurdish village fears the worst for its loved ones after Channel disaster

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Very little is known about the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat on Wednesday, other than that many are thought to have come from northern Iraq. In the Kurdish village of Ranya, f...

The Guardian view on Afghanistan: a fast-developing disaster

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The global attention has dissipated, but the crisis is intensifying. The bleak year that Afghans have endured is turning to a still bleaker winter. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) predicts that almost 23 million peo...

‘It hits you hard’: shock as bodies of Pike River miners found 11 years after New Zealand disaster

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The remains of some of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster, one of New Zealand’s worst mining disasters, have been found more than a decade after the explosion. The blast in November 2010 killed 29 workers,...

1994 Baltic ferry disaster: examination prompts new theory about sinking

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Rock on the seabed may have gouged previously unknown holes in the hull of the ferry Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives, officials have said, following a fresh examination of the ...

Astroworld disaster fuels wave of satanic conspiracy theories on TikTok

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Videos of the Astroworld crowd crush that killed eight people flooded TikTok over the weekend. But conspiracy theories have also flourished alongside the graphic footage, accusing the rapper Travis Scott, who founded ...

Obama implores world leaders to ‘step up now’ to avert climate disaster

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Barack Obama has called on world leaders to “step up and step up now” to avert climate breakdown, singling out China and Russia for being foremost among countries that are failing to cut planet-heating emissions quick...

World urged to slash gas use by a third to avoid climate disaster

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The escalating rollout of gas for heating, electricity and cooking is turning it into the “new coal” and its use worldwide must be slashed by nearly a third this decade to avoid disastrous climate effects, according t...

Balloon bonanza! Why Instagram’s latest trend is an environmental disaster

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Name: Balloon bonanza. Age: The rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday in 1824, to do experiments with gases in his lab. Now more commonly associated with celebration than science though, right? Correct. No c...

To avert climate disaster, we need resilient societies built on love, not just technology

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When things look especially bleak for humankind, it’s worth reminding ourselves who we are – what makes us such a special species. Beyond our machines and our buildings, beyond our fiery conquests, beyond all of it, w...

Caroline Lucas on climate, consumerism and Cop26: ‘Boris Johnson is an absolute disaster’

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If Caroline Lucas has always seemed an optimistic sort of politician, that outlook is being pushed to breaking point. Sitting through the budget last week was, says Lucas, “an unbelievable experience. It was like bein...

‘Incredibly worried’: end of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of work

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It’s the lifeline that’s kept nearly 2 million people in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT on a steady weekly income during Covid lockdowns. Since June, the government’s Covid-19 disaster payments – paid at either...

Labour must take aim at Boris Johnson’s Brexit disaster

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John Harris’s excellent article (The gap between reckless Brexit promises and reality will soon be too big to ignore, 18 October) was extremely sobering. “What happens,” he asks, “when some watershed is reached, and t...

The advertising industry is fuelling climate disaster, and it’s getting away with it

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To confront the climate emergency, the amount we consume needs to drop dramatically. Yet every day we’re told to consume more. We all know about air pollution – but there’s a kind of “brain pollution” produced by adve...

Uncontrolled Spread review: Trump’s first FDA chief on the Covid disaster

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Covid deaths in the US have passed 680,000. More than 2,000 lives are lost every day. The south and south-east are the new killing fields, intensive care units operate at near capacity, vaccination rates stall. In Flo...

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