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Ten Million a Year

David Wallace-Wells: Dying to Breathe, 2 December 2021

... Not​ all deaths are created equal. In February 2020, the world began to panic about the novel coronavirus, which killed 2714 people that month. This made the news. In the same month, around 800,000 people died from the effects of air pollution. That didn’t. Novelty counts for a lot. At the start of the pandemic, it was considered unseemly to make comparisons like these ...

All the News Is Bad

Francis Gooding: Our Alien Planet, 1 August 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future 
by David Wallace-Wells.
Allen Lane, 320 pp., £20, February 2019, 978 0 241 35521 3
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... How long​ do we have left, and how bad will it get? David Wallace-Wells opens his book with a short, sharp reality check: ‘It’s worse, much worse, than you think.’ All the news is bad. Marshalling research from across the sprawling field of climate studies, Wallace-Wells paints a picture of disastrous change on an almost incomprehensible scale ...

I need money

Christian Lorentzen: Biden Tries Again, 10 September 2020

Yesterday’s Man: The Case against Joe Biden 
by Branko Marcetic.
Verso, 288 pp., £12.99, March 2020, 978 1 83976 028 0
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... climate change, criminal justice and immigration reform. ‘At the end of the day,’ Sanders told David Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine, ‘if the reports of the task force are implemented, Biden will in fact be the most progressive president since FDR.’ With unemployment above 10 per cent, a coronavirus body count exceeding 180,000, evictions and ...

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