Africa: make climate change history

17 May 2005
Camilla Toulmin chimes into the debate today. She says climate change is likely to compound already fragile conditions in much of Africa. Economic development and environmental security need to go together.

"Large-scale, disruptive climate change threatens to be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction (WMD) for us all. There is serious evidence for it, collected by inspectors over more than a decade."

The Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development has seven recommendations for the G8 as to what they should do. Read them here.

Toulmin's article comes as Prof Sir David King, who contributed this to the debate last week, visits South Africa to warn that climate change is likely to be as big a challenge as malaria and HIV/Aids.


Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

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The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

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