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  1. SIBERIA - the actual by-word for cold and remote ‘Everything is on fire’: Siberia hit by unprecedented burning The extraordinary forest fires, which have already burned through 1.5m hectares (3.7m acres) of land in north-east Siberia have released choking smog across Russia’s Yakutia region, where officials have described this summer’s weather as the driest in the past 150 years. And that follows five years of hot summers, which have, according to villagers, turned the surrounding forests and fields into a tinderbox.
  2. Did my usual comparison. Still 1.09 HSBC. But RBS/Natwest have caught up to 1.13.
  3. And frankly, why shouldn't they strive for better? Case in point with India and SA wanting to produce their own vaccines, but prevented by IP copyright. Does it benefit the west to hold this knowledge to ransom, definitely. Is it ethical to do so? Rather not. I am hopeful that with better access to information (cheaper phones, solar power, better 4G/5G access) the developing world will start to join the dots and make their own choices. Case in point here https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-03-10/god-commanded-family-planning-says-muslim-leader-flood-ravaged-malawi
  4. The trouble lies in our foundational systems. Endless capitalist growth, reliant completely on endless human population growth: both unsustainable. No point lowering concrete usage when the net human population growth so far this year is 45 million. That’s 45 million new people on the planet, all needing food, water, shelter, education, jobs. And we are only halfway through the year.
  5. Of course they do, which is why a land tax does make sense, as long as it applies to churches and charities as well. In America… https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/joel-osteen-lakewood-church-coronavirus-ppp-loan
  6. Concrete, yes, easily ignored despite being a huge factor. And all those heavy diesel vehicles hauling around building materials, let's just ignore those and talk about Teslas. When I say blame game I mean that if we point a finger at China, what does it really achieve other than to normalise not taking responsibility for ourselves? It allows other big emitters to do the same, to pretend that as long as they can find someone worse then they don't need to change. It's just doesn't fix anything. I'd like to think so but the moment the heatwave is over it'll get forgotten. Now if some MPs holiday homes are underwater, or their estates are burning... It's good to be positive, but the climate chaos we're experiencing now is the result of the atmospheric carbon released in the 70s. There's a huge lag time. So by the time 'peak oil' makes any difference, it'll be the latter half of this century. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-17/bp-sees-peak-oil-even-without-major-new-laws-on-climate-change Under BP’s business-as-usual scenario, peak demand doesn’t mean a dramatic demand drop-off by 2050. The other two scenarios are far more drastic in this regard. Calling the Top Global oil demand in three scenarios
  7. Our emissions have been going down because we've exported them https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/16/britain-climate-efforts-undermined-failure-imports-carbon Blame game doesn't really work in a closed system like the earth. Like how we hate the conflicts in the middle east but still sell arms. The main thing IMO is to confront the knowledge head on. No more obfuscating and pretending a magical ice age is going to fix everything. Here's the next property boom spot: https://www.norden.org/en/info-norden/housing-greenland
  8. Time to tax churches and remove charity status from private schools.
  9. Mate, if you're letting hot air in from the hot side the house is going to be the same temp as outside. Trust me, I've lived in HOT places (+40 on the reg). Meanwhile: Emissions will hit record high by 2023 if green recovery fails, says IEA
  10. Oh yep I never said it was a good thing (in the same way that people trumpet water desalinisation as a 'fix'). The UK will absolutely not bother with passive cooling techniques, nor will the govt mandate better building standards for cooling (shaded or shuttered windows, verandahs etc). It's too onerous for their bosses, the developers, and would impact developers' profits. It's more likely the developers will ensure govt starts another taxpayer funded subsidy scheme for retrofitting some ugly and overpriced third party products. It's all just moving deckchairs on the Titanic IMO.
  11. Depends on the child entirely. My niece and nephew had the full benefit of excellent private schools. Both total flunkers and work in retail while living at home. Waste of probably c£400,000. State until 8 is fine, then make a call based on aptitude for test taking. All they want are test monkeys. The private schools just off-roll anyone likely to bring down their scores. That said, virtually everyone in senior management at my work is privately educated. It's 100% an old boys network (this doesn't matter for women, they just have to be either very good at their jobs for 20% less money or good looking or both). But if I had the wonga and didn't mind where the kid went I'd choose one of the Swiss schools. Nice to be in the mountains. Fresh air n that.
  12. Hey hey hey currently got 3 colleagues/friends down with CV. One has lost 2 stone / 12 kg. Furthermore, had a trip on a bus and noted that 1 in 10 wasn't bothering with a mask. Demographically speaking, the maskless were all non-whites. Perhaps this goes towards explaining why ethnic minorities have been harder hit by the virus?
  13. Economist podcast on topic https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2021/07/15/south-africa-reels-from-the-worst-violence-since-apartheid
  14. Can we add early years workers to this list? I’m driving past nurseries with signs advertising finding fees for anyone who refers new hires…
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jul/19/frenzied-buyer-activity-drives-house-prices-to-new-high Months of “frenzied buyer activity” have driven the average asking price for a home in Britain to a new high, according to the property website Rightmove. The property portal said it expected figures from HMRC due later this week to show that June was the busiest month on record for sales, with buyers rushing to complete before stamp duty rules change in parts of the United Kingdom.
  16. https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/protect-kids-from-skin-cancer.h29-1591413.html Just one or two blistering sunburns double your child’s lifetime risk for melanoma.
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