Threat of famines in parts of Africa and Asia

The economic fallout from the pandemic could push tens of millions of people into deeper poverty — and hunger. Across parts of Africa and Asia, starvation could be deadlier than the disease itself.

Where did the grandeur go?

Capitalism has captured the future, and is now commodifying it and selling it back to us as gizmos and widgets, or else distracting us with fantasy that refuses to engage with real problems. We need the sense that the future can be radically different.

Rise of carbon dioxide unabated

Atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at Mauna Loa Observatory reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million in May. Monthly values first breached the 400 ppm threshold in 2014 and are now at levels not experienced by the atmosphere in several million years.

‘We can shape a totally different world’

The coronavirus crisis has proved that radical change can happen in a short period of time. But can we harness this awareness to bring about systemic transformation? German transformation researcher Maja Göpel says it’s possible — and necessary.

A green new deal for South Korea?

The youngest member of the South Korean parliament is a driving force in the government’s green new deal, which aims to create millions of jobs in renewable energy and help the economy recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

The end of meat is here

Jonathan Safran Foer says, if you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.

EU pledges to raise €20bn a year to boost biodiversity

The European Commission has committed to protecting 30% of the EU’s land and oceans by 2030 as part of the European Green Deal, in a plan tentatively welcomed by environment groups who warned far-reaching ambitions must not only exist “on paper”.