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  • Gove remarks prompt calls for clarification of face covering advice
    Labour to request time for urgent question in Commons to end confusion on subject Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers are facing demands to explain whether face coverings must be worn in shops in England after Michael Gove said it would not be mandatory. The shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, is … Read MoreRead more
  • No 10 plans weight loss drive to ready UK for expected Covid-19 second wave
    Boris Johnson now a convert to losing weight after being severely ill with coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is poised to launch an emergency drive to slim down the nation and reduce the incidence of conditions such as type 2 diabetes before an expected second wave of coronavirus, … Read MoreRead more
  • Leicester factory put lives at risk during lockdown, claims garment worker
    Exclusive: amid allegations of production continuing behind closed doors, regulators have clamped down in the city Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When the garment factory where Anil worked learned that the risk of coronavirus meant it couldn’t do business as usual, it didn’t shut up shop. Instead, it locked the doors. … Read MoreRead more
  • UK air pollution still down despite return to normal traffic – study
    Exclusive: reduced congestion most likely reason for lower nitrogen dioxide, scientists say Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution has remained at lower levels in UK towns and cities despite a return to near-normal traffic levels after the easing of coronavirus restrictions, according to research.Analysis of data from more than 100 urban roadside … Read MoreRead more
  • Think renationalising probation will cut reoffending? Think again | Mark Johnson
    Ministers have swept the scandal of Chris Grayling’s failed privatisation under the Covid-19 carpet My heart jumps at the decision to renationalise probation. But will the service I once knew come back? Probation officers need great skills and patience, because offenders can be volatile people. One day they want to change, the next day they … Read MoreRead more
  • Mya-Rose Craig: ‘Young people need to see someone like them who is into nature’
    The 18-year-old birder and environmentalist on improving diversity in her field and how the pandemic has affected the natural world The young birder and environmental campaigner Mya-Rose Craig believes the coronavirus lockdown has had a positive impact on the environment. “Wildlife has been doing much better, as it is less disturbed by people, traffic and … Read MoreRead more
  • American slavery: Separating fact from myth
    American slavery: Separating fact from myth Five generations of a slave family. Shutterstock Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin This article was published in 2017 People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they … Read MoreRead more
  • Stop making sense: why it's time to get emotional about climate change | Rebecca Huntley
    The science has been settled to the highest degree, so now the key to progress is understanding our psychological reactionsIt took me much longer than it should have to realise that educating people about climate change science was not enough. Due perhaps to my personality type (highly rational, don’t talk to me about horoscopes, please) … Read MoreRead more
  • Reality bites: how the pandemic changed the way we eat
    From wonky veg to distanced restaurants, Covid-19 has transformed the way we shop, cook and eat. Have we fixed our relationship with food for good? If I thought food waste was complicated before Covid-19 emerged, now it blows my mind. I started to research a version of this article in January – those carefree days … Read MoreRead more
  • One school, 25 bereavements: Essex head fears emotional impact of Covid-19
    Vic Goddard is one of many school leaders daunted by the burden of supporting pupils and staff through their grief Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vic Goddard is trying not to cry. The headteacher of Passmores academy in Harlow and star of the 2011 TV series Educating Essex is thinking about … Read MoreRead more
  • Reality bites: how the pandemic changed the way we eat
    From wonky veg to distanced restaurants, Covid-19 has transformed the way we shop, cook and eat. Have we fixed our relationship with food for good?If I thought food waste was complicated before Covid-19 emerged, now it blows my mind. I started to research a version of this article in January – those carefree days when … Read MoreRead more
  • Air pollution likely to make coronavirus worse, say UK government advisers
    Experts say further investigation of link is urgently required and may be relevant to managing pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution is likely to be increasing the number and severity of Covid-19 infections, according to the UK government’s expert advisers.In a report published on Wednesday, the experts said further investigation of … Read MoreRead more
  • Just 6% of UK public 'want a return to pre-pandemic economy'
    Exclusive: Poll comes as 350 union, business and religious leaders issue call for fair and green recoveryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly 6% of the public want to return to the same type of economy as before the coronavirus pandemic, according to new polling, as trade unions, business groups and religious and civic … Read MoreRead more
  • Thousands of excluded pupils in England have no place to go in September
    Teachers say Covid-19 closures have put vulnerable pupils at greater risk of exploitation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Headteachers have warned that thousands of excluded pupils who are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation have no school, college or training place to go to in September as a result of … Read MoreRead more
  • Seasteading – a vanity project for the rich or the future of humanity?
    Beloved by Silicon Valley tycoons and tyranny-fearing libertarians, are cities atop the waves Earth’s next frontier?A white steel pole rises out of the sea off the Caribbean coast of Panama, poking above the waves like the funnel of a sunken steamship. Launched into the water last month, this is no shipwreck, but the base of … Read MoreRead more
  • Now, more than ever, America must make water a human right | Bernie Sanders and Brenda Lawrence
    When it comes to water infrastructure, America’s challenges resemble those of a developing country. It’s time for that to changeHow can it be that in the midst of a pandemic, children living in the richest country in world history are being poisoned by tap water? For decades, our government has put corporate profits ahead of … Read MoreRead more
  • My working week: 'When I see kids so excited to eat again, I know how vital my food bank is'
    It’s a tragedy we’re needed at all, but I’m proud of how my team has adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic Monday is always an important day at the south London warehouse in Streatham – the food parcels going out will have been sorted the previous week and are ready for our drivers. We’re then left … Read MoreRead more
  • UK coronavirus live: £1bn tutoring fund to help England's students catch up on learning
    News updates: Education secretary to reveal details of £1bn funding package for schools to help pupils catch up on lessons missed during the coronavirus lockdown English schools to get £1bn to help pupils catch up after lockdown 4.5m people in UK forced to become unpaid carers due to Covid crisis Coronavirus global updates All our … Read MoreRead more
  • From now, policies must put young people first. Starting with the triple-lock pension | Polly Toynbee
    Younger generations have accepted extraordinary constraints to protect us from coronavirus. We can’t justify a system that favours wealthy pensioners A volcanic eruption is about to explode the government’s triple lock on pensions. There is no way the Tories can or will keep their pledge/bribe, introduced by the coalition government in 2011, to guarantee the … Read MoreRead more
  • As UK lockdowns ease, fears grow of return to pre-pandemic crime and pollution levels
    Carbon emissions, crime and air pollution all fell but are now starting to reboundIn a sudden realisation of what climate campaigners have been urging for years, flights were cancelled, vehicle use plummeted and the oil industry found itself in turmoil as lockdown restrictions took hold. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/19/as-uk-lockdowns-ease-will-the-silver-linings-of-the-pandemic-persist
  • Piloted in May, ditched in June: the failure of England's Covid-19 app
    Government scrap contact-tracing app in favour of using Apple and Google’s technology Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Designed to be a key component of the test, track and trace programme to forge a way out of lockdown, the NHS Covid-19 app has been beset by problems from day one – despite … Read MoreRead more
  • UK coronavirus live: Treasury opposing bid to use private hospitals to tackle NHS backlog
    News updates: health bosses are pushing for a £5bn-a-year deal to treat NHS patients in private hospitals and tackle a spiralling backlog amid the coronavirus pandemic Treasury blocks plan for private hospitals to tackle NHS backlog NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app for UK will not be ready before winter Coronavirus global updates See all our coronavirus … Read MoreRead more
  • Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO
    Experts call for legislation and trade deals worldwide to encourage green recoveryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the UN, WHO and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades.The illegal and unsustainable wildlife … Read MoreRead more
  • Leading UK charities urge PM to seek green recovery from Covid-19
    Group of 57 organisations says bailouts must be on condition of firms reducing carbon footprintThe chiefs of some of Britain’s leading charities have written to the prime minister to demand a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis, urging him to use economic rescue packages to build low-carbon infrastructure and spur the creation of long-term green … Read MoreRead more