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24 April 2005
The 22 April Daily Grist notes the launch of Bill McKibben's call to imagine. For the next six weeks, openDemocracy will publish work by poets, artists, musicians and others that may help - plus a competition on the single best climate change icon. More on this soon.

Daily Grist is an excellent source for news of the US scene. Friday's edition links to reports on the Energy Bill in that country, which provides "$12 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for energy companies, less than 5 percent of which go to clean energy or energy conservation" and to a report that the Bush administration may be in violation of the Global Change Research Act, which which requires the federal government to produce a report on the consequences of climate change every four years.

According to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, writes Grist, "more research" President Bush is always touting as his response to climate change is overlooking an area some might consider important -- namely, what effects global warming might have on people and the environment (oh, that!). In fact, the GAO report to be released today says that none of the 21 studies of climate change the administration plans to publish by 2007 will include assessments of its possible effects on agriculture, water, energy, or biological diversity (oh, those!)

Caspar Henderson

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.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

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.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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