Global economic growth will take big hit due to loss of nature

Damage to environment could wipe 368bn a year from growth by 2050 and UK will be hard hit, WWF warns should areas like the Antarctic deteriorate at a faster pace, causing greater warming and higher-than-forecast sea levels across the world. coastal protection, water supplies and stored carbon. Global food prices are also likely to increase as the agriculture sector is hit by the loss of nature, with prices rising by an estimated 8% for timber, 6% for cotton, 4% for oil seeds and 3% for fruit and vegetables by 2050. Karen Ellis, director of sustainable economy at WWF, told the Guardian that the estimates were very conservative and governments should expect the impact of Worst-affected countries in terms of loss …

Bob Marley at 75: how a ghetto reggae star rebranded Jamaica

Seeing fans and family gather in Kingston to celebrate the late musicians 75th birthday, music writer Vivien Goldman reflects on his indelible legacy At 7am on 6 February, on what would have been gunmen tried to kill him there in 1976. It worked again when he triumphantly returned later in the decade to build a studio. Witnessing police politely dealing with the crowd gathered for the Marley 75 celebration offered a strange disconnect: back then, their presence outside the gates would have suggested a raid. These are different times, as evidenced by the MC who announces: Big up to all the Airbnb-ers in Trench Town! the dangerous downtown ghetto of Marleys teenage years. His message and mystique have mobilised a …

McClatchy: newspaper publisher bankruptcy ‘a loss for democracy’, experts warn

Struggling firm insists therell be no changes in its 30 newsrooms but experts worry powerful journalism could be lost To executives of McClatchy, Thursdays Jeffrey Epstein story by the Miami Herald thats gone, its the day-to-day coverage of the mayor, the governor, the major companies, you know just being there to make the people who run the place know theyre being watched. Initially, at least, McClatchy insists there will be no changes or cutbacks in its 30 newsrooms across 14 states, despite net losses of $364m in the first nine months of 2019. In announcing the sad milestone of its break-up of the company will follow, while others are certain the reorganization and elimination of McClatchys splashed out $4.5bn to …

Ireland general election: Sinn Fin surges to 22% in exit poll

Republican party level with Fine Gael and Fianna Fil in Saturday evenings poll Leo Varadkars ruling Fine Gael party slumped to 22.4%, the poll said, potentially spelling an end to Varadkars tenure as taoiseach. Fianna Fil, the main opposition party, won 22.2%. If replicated in actual results it would signal an unprecedented tie among the three parties, leaving it unclear which, if any, could woo smaller parties and independents to form a parliamentary majority and ruling alliance. Sinn Fins surge up from 13.8% in the 2016 general election reflected the anger of voters, especially among the young, at soaring rents and homelessness. The partys leader, climate Original Article : HERE ;

Trump submits $4.8tn budget proposal despite no chance of it passing

2021 plan includes $700bn increase over federal spending in 2018 and billions for defense alongside cuts to foreign aid The Trump administration has submitted to Congress its 2021 budget proposal, a $700bn increase over federal spending in 2018and represents as clear a statement of Republican priorities as the administration is likely to produce. It includes billions more for defense and a mission to Mars alongside deep proposed cuts to foreign aid and environmental protection and new restrictions on social welfare programs. On Saturday, Trump coronavirus. Cuts would also include reducing food stamp spending a key programme for lower-income Americans by $181bn over a decade. Reforms to medical liability and how hospitals are paid for uninsured care are also proposed though …

Parasite makes Oscars history as first foreign language winner of best picture

Bong Joon-hos South Korean satire wins the top prize after sweeping up best director, international film and original screenplay After an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture. Bong Joon-hos comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best best original screenplay and Sam Mendess 1917 had been tipped to rule triumphant at this years Academy Awards, following its key victories at the Baftas, Golden Globes and crucial bellwethers such as the Producers Guild Awards. In the event, the harrowing first world war …

Coronavirus: death toll passes Sars virus as dozens more die in Wuhan

Wuhan hospitals need more staff and supplies as death toll passes that of Sars virus Dozens more people have died in the city at the centre of Chinas coronavirus outbreak, where hospitals are severely undersupplied and understaffed and residents have described increasingly desperate conditions. Chinese state media reported 57 new deaths on Monday, all but one in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei which has been under lockdown for almost two weeks as authorities try to contain the outbreak. The foreign ministry issued an urgent appeal for protective medical equipment as the total number of casualties reached 361, surpassing deaths in mainland China caused by the 2002-03 Sars virus. The number of infections also jumped, passing 17,200. …

I’m not a robot: Amazon workers condemn unsafe, grueling conditions at warehouse

Employees under pressure to work faster call on retail giant to improve conditions and take their complaints seriously Rina Cummings has worked three 12-hour shifts every week at Amazons gargantuan New York City warehouse, called JFK8, on Staten Island since it first began operations in late 2018. As a sorter on the outbound ship dock, her job is to inspect and scan a mandated rate of 1,800 Amazon packages an hour 30 per minute that are sent through a chute and transported on a conveyor belt before leaving the facility for delivery. Workers such as Cummings helped Amazon achieve its best ever Christmas this year. Faster shipping drove Amazonsanother $12.8bn to founder Jeff Bezoss $128.9bn fortune. Amazon has just signed …

We remainers must now aim for Britain to do well and the EU even better | Timothy Garton Ash

Hard though it is to accept, as patriots we must wish Brexit a (partial) success, says Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash Britain has not left Europe; it has just stepped into another room. Its European role has always been complex and ambivalent. The desire for isolation, the knowledge that it is impossible these are the two poles between which the needle of the British compass continues to waver. The words of the historian RW Seton-Watson in a history of Britain in Europe published in 1937. True then, even more true now. We ex-remainers have consistently argued that Brexit will have cost Britain some 200bn in lost economic growth nearly as much (adjusted for inflation) as the country has paid in …

Im a stranger in my own city: Prague takes on Airbnb to dam flood of tourists

Joining a battle already being waged by many other cities, the Czech capitals mayor wants new laws to limit the lettings website For decades, its mesmerising blend of baroque and gothic beauty was closed to mass tourism by the iron curtain that divided the communist east from the capitalist west during the cold war. Now Prague, which has gained an unenviable reputation as a destination for stag nights and pub crawls, has become the latest European city to propose a radical assault on Airbnb and other short-term letting platforms as over-tourism threatens to overwhelm it and drive out residents. Under plans pushed by the citys liberal mayor, Zdenk Hib, property owners would be barred from leasing out entire flats except …

Tradwives: the new trend for submissive women has a dark heart and history

A certain kind of housewife has found social media and is airing the details of their fight with feminism. But maybe they should tone it down a notch What exciting trends are happening in the matrimonial sector?Kara, by email A thrilling new trend has emerged, and its as seismic as the New Look was in 40s fashion, or the emergence of Mediterranean cooking in 90s Britain: its called being a housewife. Now you might think: Ummm, that doesnt sound THAT new to me. But all fashion trends are rehashes, and tradwife, as this one is dubbed, is housewife with a social media spin. Its like bringing back 90s style, but swapping that brown eyeliner for contouring makeup. Its just so …

‘Satan, be gone!’: Bolivian Christians claim credit for ousting Evo Morales

The fast-growing religious right both Catholic and Protestant see the presidents exit as a first step, leaving many indigenous Bolivians horrified Some blame the defenestration of Evo Morales on a racist, rightwing coup. Others credit a popular revolt against a leader who had overstayed his welcome. Luis Aruquipa Carlo, a hardline pastor from the de facto capital, La Paz, has other ideas. The glory is Gods, proclaimed the evangelical leader who heads a conservative coalition of Bolivian churches called the National Christian Council. Aruquipa claimed that in the hours before Moraless flight to Mexico the leftist received a divine decree: Pharaoh, leave Bolivia in peace! And I believe that just as He freed Israel from the Pharaoh of Egypt, He …

Landmark French law will stop unsold goods being thrown away

Companies to be banned from throwing away unsold clothes, cosmetics and other items France is to ban designer clothes and luxury goods companies from destroying unsold or returned items under a wide-ranging anti-waste law passed by parliament on Thursday. The groundbreaking law, which the French government claims is a world first, also covers electrical items, hygiene products and cosmetics, which must now be reused, redistributed or recycled. It also phases out the use of paper till receipts and single-use plastics and encourages pharmacies to sell certain medications in individual doses. The bill, containing 130 articles, was finally adopted after the Assemble Nationale which passed it nine days ago and the upper house, the Snat, reached an agreement. France already has …

Thatcher and Reagan week is latest skirmish in Bolsonaro’s culture wars

A Brazil government-funded research institute is to celebrate the 80s conservative icons a move denounced as pure propaganda Conservatives and culture warriors in Brazil have expressed delight after one of the countrys most celebrated research institutes announced plans to host a Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan week later this year. But critics view the event as yet another attempt by the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to impose conservative and Christian influences on the countrys top academic and cultural institutions. In May, thewho believes climate change is a Marxist plot will participate. Admiration for Thatcher and Reagan runs deep within the Bolsonaro government. Margaret Thatcher in South America: visiting British troops on the Falkland Islands in 1983. Photograph: taken …

Gwyneth Paltrow has capitalized on vaginal shame and celebration | Arwa Mahdawi

Why are vaginas suddenly everywhere? Partly because of the rise of wellness but also because theyre now a symbol of resistance Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Gwyneth Paltrow vagina candle is now $956 toilet paper or $66 jade vagina eggs; she doesnt care if we write angry articles about how shes peddling dangerous pseudoscience. She knows that all publicity is good publicity; as she has proudly stated: vagina necklaces. In 2018 models first vagina museum opened in London. Basically, if you put vagina in front of a random noun and Google it, the product probably exists. Theres vagina moisturizer and theres a lot of money in vaginal shame. Women …

World Bank chief’s Davos snub dashes hopes of climate consensus

David Malpass spurning event hits efforts to tackle issues of poverty and climate crisis Hopes of using Africa investment summit in London. In the past, World Bank presidents have played a prominent role at the annual G7 summit in France. President [Emmanuel] Macron wanted a collective statement from the international organisations but Malpass vetoed it. He wouldnt have the word multilateralism in the statement. Quick guide What is Davos 2020? Show Hide Davos is a Swiss ski resort now more famous for hosting the annual four-day conference for the World Economic Forum. For participants it is a festival of networking. Getting an invitation is a sign you have made it anda big waste of time. The 2020 meeting is being …