Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars

Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars Jon Fitton/Shutterstock There’s no doubt that the UK’s railways have been hit hard by the pandemic. Recent figures from the Office of Rail and Road show a huge drop in passenger numbers, from April 2020 to March 2021.…

Livestreamed Hearing Monday: EFF Urges Appeals Court to Allow Public Access to Documents in Patent Troll Litigation

Uniloc Improperly Hiding Documents WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Monday, December 6, at 10 am ET, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), standing up for public access to courts and transparency in patent litigation, will urge a panel of judges to unseal documents that a notorious patent troll is trying to hide. At…

Tory minister says transparency laws are ‘malign’

Lord Callanan accused the public of having ‘forms set up on their word processors’ to submit FOI requests ‘with gay abandon’ Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/freedom-of-information/tory-minister-says-transparency-laws-are-malign/

Democracy: More Dictatorial Powers Sought By Johnson

TruePublica Editor: Make no mistake, the principles of democracy are being dismantled in Britain. I have written many articles making that very point. Back in 2019, just before the last general election, I wrote -“the next Prime Minister of Britain will have at their command the most formidable and intimidating…

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions Mark Burrows (Nottingham, UK) / shutterstock From power plants to coffee cups or your childhood home, everything that makes up the economy has a life expectancy. Much of what we make and consume lasts just weeks, months or years. However, lots of…

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago The Himalayas. Liudmila Kotvictchkaia/Shutterstock A world without the great mountain ranges – the Himalayas, the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes – is unimaginable, but they were not always a part of the Earth’s geography. Mountains didn’t start forming widely…

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action Toby Parkes/Shutterstock The Glasgow climate pact is sealed and COP26 is fading into memory. The UK’s presidency of the 26th UN climate change summit yielded mixed results, from the first mention of fossil fuels in…

InternetLab’s 2021 “Who Defends Your Data Brazil” Report Shows Improvement in Brazilian ISPs Privacy Practices, But Gaps Remain

Brazil’s biggest internet connection providers continue to make strides towards better protection of customer data and greater transparency about their privacy practices, according to InternetLab’s 2021 “Quem Defende Seus Dados?” (“Who defends your data?)” report. Released today, the report is the sixth annual assessment of Brazilian providers’ adherence to best-practices…

When will life return to normal after the pandemic?

When will life return to normal after the pandemic? Jacob Lund/Shutterstock No one can ever know for sure when life will return to normal after a particular event, not least because what’s normal keeps on changing, even in normal times. Nevertheless, it’s a question we can’t help pondering – particularly…

Can the tourism industry survive the climate crisis?

From the Solomon Islands to Denali national park, how five communities reliant on tourism are coping as climate change upends their industryOne of the terrible ironies of the climate crisis is that some of the most beautiful – and popular – places in the world are also the most vulnerable.…

Myanmar: Protesters Targeted in March Massacre

(Bangkok) – Myanmar security forces deliberately “kettled” protesters and used lethal force during the March 14, 2021, anti-junta protests in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township, Human Rights Watch said today. Soldiers and police armed with military assault rifles fired on trapped protesters and on those trying to assist the wounded, killing…

Cabinet Office fined £500,000 for publishing celebrities’ private addresses

More than 1,000 people – including Elton John and Nadiya Hussain – had home addresses shared by UK government, leading to safety concerns Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/cabinet-office-fined-500000-for-publishing-celebrities-private-addresses-elton-john/

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