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The revelation that carbon dioxide emissions are set to increase this year by over 3 per cent, despite temporarily falling 1.3 per cent between 2008 and 2009 due to global recession, signals an urgent warning that current efforts on climate change have simply failed. Even while we are still in the midst of recession – where the recovery is so fragile that another bank bailout is being pushed through in hopes of preventing a full-blown eurozone crisis – fossil fuel emissions have never been higher, and are projected to accelerate in coming years.
Each day this week, we’ll be showing a video featuring successful bloggers explaining why they think it’s the way to go.
There was a pleasant reception at the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall last night to mark the beginning of weeks of celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. It was not a religious occasion, though there were a lot of dog collars in the crowd, but a chance for anyone from religious dogmatists to apostates to pay respects to one of the greatest works of literature in the English or any other language. One of the speakers, Niall Ferguson, is a professed aetheist.
Even for those battle-hardened by arguing against the authoritarian instincts of successive governments in the US and UK, the complexity and scale of the civil liberties debate in India can take you aback. The trial of a new biometric ID card system in rural Maharashtra from last September – administered by the government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) – which will (it is planned) eventually extend to every citizen, has ignited fierce debate in Indian society about the relationship between state authority and individual freedom.
The Ashes begin tonight (or tomorrow, depending upon where you are in the world) and the expectations of an England victory haven’t been this high in a generation.
Almost every part of the body can be covered up and hidden from the cold in the winter, but wear a balaclava and you’ll end up looking like a burglar. So it’s understandable that left unprotected from the harsh weather, the face needs that extra bit of care.
Students across the UK are expected to take part in a wave of protests today after the huge march and angry protests at the Tory Party’s London headquarters in Millbank at the start of the month. Clare Solomon, president of the University of London Union, has urged students to engage in ‘maximum disruption and resistance’. Many students are angry about the hike in tuition fees as it means many students from ordinary backgrounds, rather than privileged students, will be hit hardest.
Mandelson: The Real PM?, Hannah Rothschild’s documentary and number 441 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer (Was) No, is on BBC4 tonight.
At the screening at the British Film Institute last month, it appeared that the entire Conservative Party press office – seven or eight of them – had turned out to pay homage.
There is something a bit unique about a Federer-Murray encounter. Perhaps it’s because, ultimately, every soul among us who aspires to hit the ball over the net wants to be like Roger Federer. To be able to glide around the court without breaking a sweat, hitting winners from indeterminable angles, and all the while, be such an asset to humanity, such a nice guy.
Just spent a lot of time yesterday and today trying and eventually succeeding in getting rid of a fake antivirus infection on a PC running Windows XP. In case the following is useful to anyone in a similar situation, this is how I did it.
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