The Power of Protest

Fighting racism and police brutality in lockdown from Minneapolis to Hong Kong By Hugh Barnes The history of protest is as old as the history of anything. People have always protested against oppression because it has always existed. Unless you have a vote, and sometimes even if you do, demonstrating in public is the bestContinue reading “The Power of Protest”

Editorial

The pandemic kept most of us locked up indoors for several months, yet also provided a glimpse of freedom. The airline industry was brought to an almost total standstill. The precipitous contraction of the global economy saw carbon emissions plummet: by the end of this year, they are likely to be 8% less than inContinue reading “Editorial”

A World Turned Upside Down

A look at the unexpected impact of covid-19 on political and economic orthodoxies By Malcolm Christie The impact of coronavirus has turned economics upside down. Until recently, the Conservative Party stood for privatisation, cuts and balancing the books. Now public spending and state ownership top the political agenda. Our libertarian prime minister has imposed aContinue reading “A World Turned Upside Down”

Climate Change Notes

By Bryn Glover The first fully, peer-reviewed analysis of the impact of the covid pandemic on CO2 emissions has just been published, and it indicates that these have fallen at almost exactly the appropriate annual rate that will need to be sustained till 2050 if we have any hope of restricting global heating to 1.5°C.Continue reading “Climate Change Notes”

A Microplastic Marine Mystery

By Juliet Boddington Scientists have known for a long time that the human race is polluting the world – land, atmosphere and sea – and one of the worst examples is the disposal of plastic waste in the form of polymer chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms that are not biodegradeable. Now an international researchContinue reading “A Microplastic Marine Mystery”

How Did the Tories Get It So Wrong?

As the coronavirus warnings grew louder, Boris Johnson’s government was distracted by Brexit triumphalism. On testing, contract tracing and equipment supply, there was a scandalous failure to prepare By Hugh Barnes The coronavirus known as Covid-19 (or Sars-CoV-2 to epidemiologists) is a new virus that attacks the respiratory tract. It resembles influenza in some waysContinue reading “How Did the Tories Get It So Wrong?”

The Italian Job: home truths from abroad

Italy’s Covid-19 crisis, with the highest death toll in Europe, fuelled by right-wing populism and a decade of austerity is painfully reminiscent of Britain’s unfolding public health catastrophe, writes Toby Abse Italy has been more severely affected by Covid-19 than any other European country – 22,170 deaths by 16 April. Even if Spain has alsoContinue reading “The Italian Job: home truths from abroad”

Milan Diary by Riccardo Cappelli

I come from the southern region of Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot, but am now living in Milan. Since 9th March, I have been self-isolating at home. It feels strange. Two months ago I’d never even heard of the coronavirus. Then, one day, at the beginning of February, when I was still working forContinue reading “Milan Diary by Riccardo Cappelli”

Brave New Post-Pandemic World

By Malcolm Christie The world has changed beyond recognition in the last few weeks, at least in terms of economic activity (or lack of it). There has been a sudden halt to most of the things we do to earn a living and to transactions we carry out as part of day-to-day life. We areContinue reading “Brave New Post-Pandemic World”