Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction

A controversial MIT study from 1972 forecast the collapse of civilization – and Gaya Herrington is here to deliver the bad news

At a UN sustainability meeting several years ago, an economic policy officer came up to Gaya Herrington and introduced himself. Taking her name for a riff on James Lovelock’s earth-as-an-organism Gaia hypothesis, he remarked: “Gaya – that’s not a name, it’s responsibility.”

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:00am
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‘Our silence permits perpetrators to continue’: one woman’s fight to expose a father’s abuse

At 81, after years of suffering, Clare Devlin has joined the campaign to stop sex crime against children by revealing her own ordeal at the hands of her celebrated judge parent

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:30am
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The cost of cooling: how air conditioning is heating up the world

As temperatures rise, a new book delves into the environmental toll of America’s favorite way to cool off

The widespread reliance on air conditioning in the US is explored in Eric Dean Wilson’s book After Cooling: on Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort. The book explores how air conditioning has become one of the most effective ways to cool off – and explains how harmful chemicals that make our lives comfortable also contribute to the climate crisis.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 3:00am
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Dina Asher-Smith: ‘You get 10 seconds to make your mark’

The fastest woman Britain has ever seen is also thoughtful, inspirational and willing to talk about things that athletes often avoid, like politics and periods. But in the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith knows that every second counts

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:00am
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Covid live: UK could extend vaccine passports to sports; India reports 39k new cases

Follow all the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic from around the world

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India has reported 39,742 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a government statement said on Sunday.The Covid-19 death toll rose by 535 deaths in the last 24 hours, with the total reaching 420,551, health ministry data showed, Reuters reports.

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Welcome to the coronavirus live blog. I’m Caroline Davies and here are some key developments to kick off today.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 3:21am
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‘A cartel shouldn’t get away with this.’ Anger at opioid settlements that exclude admission of wrongdoing

Multibillion-dollar settlements specifically exclude admission of wrongdoing over a crisis that has claimed 600,000 lives

There is growing anger among families bereaved by the US opioid epidemic at pharmaceutical companies “buying their way out of accountability” with multibillion-dollar settlements that specifically exclude any admission of wrongdoing.

Related: Enough fentanyl to kill San Francisco: the new wave of the opioid crisis sweeping California

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Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:00am
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