Oil-dependent countries that are not preparing to adapt to the global shift away from fossil fuels risk their own stability, warns a new report. Algeria, Iraq and Nigeria are the most vulnerable to “a slow-motion wave of political instability”, according to the risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft.
Guardian 26th March 2021 read more »
A record decline in air pollution from traffic and industry last year saved 3,600 lives and prevented 5,600 new cases of childhood asthma in the UK, a study has found. The fall in emissions also saved workers from taking a million days off sick, reduced the number of hospital admissions for asthma by 640 and cut premature births by 350, according to the analysis by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). A total of 38,000 air pollution-related deaths were avoided across Europe because of the decline in emissions, the not-for-profit research organisation found. The UK had the fourth highest number of lives saved after Germany, Poland and Italy.
Times 26th March 2021 read more »