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The megafires and pandemic expose the lies that frustrate action on climate change | Tim Flannery

I was in Melbourne in late January, watching as more and more people donned face masks to protect themselves against the bushfire smoke that had thickened the air for weeks and that was causing hundreds of deaths. Turning on the…

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Lloyd’s of London expects £5bn in Covid-19 insurance payouts

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market, has said it expects up to £5bn to be paid out in claims related to the coronavirus pandemic. The insurers that operate in the Lloyd’s market are paying out Covid-19 claims in…

UN report: Global warming closing in on dangerous milestone – Al Jazeera English

The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report. In the next five years, the…

Extinction Rebellion, Tony Abbott, And The Climate Madhouse

As the lockdowns begin to fray around the world, so do the pre-lockdown controversies emerge blinking into the light, seemingly unchanged by their experience of hibernation. We’ve just had two resurrections of the climate change debate in London in the…

Poetry in motion: Engineers analyze the fluid physics of movement in marine snails

(Frontiers) In a new interdisciplinary study that combines intellectual curiosity with awe, researchers show in detail that the swimming and sinking behaviors of tropical marine snails are influenced by body size and shell shape, as predicted from fluid physics theory.