Fires raise fight over climate change before Trump’s visit

At least 10 people have been killed in Oregon. Officials have said more people are missing, and the number of fatalities is likely to rise, though they have not said how high the toll could go as they search. In California, 24 people have died, and one person was killed in Washington state.

Investors that manage US$47tn demand world’s biggest polluters back plan for net-zero emissions

The Climate Action 100+ group, representing 518 major investor organisations across the globe, has written to 161 fossil fuel, mining, transport and other big-emitting companies to set 30 climate measures and targets against which they will be analysed in a report to be released early next year.

Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds says Sir David Attenborough’s show warning of mass extinction of wildlife left her in TEARS – as she pleads: ‘Everyone should watch this, it’s time to act’

Now, I feel I must bear witness not only to the wonders I have seen, but to the devastation that has occurred in my lifetime – whole ecosystems destroyed, habitats swallowed up by farming and living space as populations grow, species all but wiped out. My testimony is a first-person narrative of how human growth […]

US wildfires: The desperate fight to save his family ends in tragedy

Half a million people in the state remained under evacuation alert. After four days of treacherously hot, windy weather, a glimmer of hope arrived with calmer winds blowing in from the ocean, helping firemen make headway against the blazes,

Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings

In a battle-torn landscape governed by zeroes and ones, nuance, compromise and empathy are the first casualties. If I were to sum up the online culture war in one word it would be “diaphobia”, a term coined by the psychiatrist RD Laing meaning “fear of being influenced by other people”, the opposite of dialogue. Our […]

Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19

These researchers cite other studies that find that those who have felt very lonely and isolated from other people, just in the past two weeks, were then three times more likely to then feel very suicidal. Other research has found that merely living alone doubles the risk of suicide for women, it also raises it […]