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After COP21: Achieving a Zero Carbon Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

Our world leaders have agreed a surprisingly ambitious deal in Paris to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. But in our efforts to manage our expectations do we risk finding ourselves slightly under-prepared for the response that is now required?

Peace From the Middle East

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Bishop Paul Bayes

I would not have voted in favour of bombing Syria. ISIL/Daesh is a source of evil, of this I have no doubt. But for me the case for bombing is not proven. Some, including some I greatly respect, say that the traditional Christian criteria for a Just War have been fulfilled. But I cannot agree. Across the world I see the the political reflex to seek quick popularity through warmongering talk, and I abhor it. I believe there is a better way. In the season of the coming of the Prince of Peace let's try and find it together.

Without Swift Debt Relief for Greece, The Last Five Years Will be the Prelude to More Chaos

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics
Theopi Skarlatos

In the last five years that hope grew. As networks spread and people reached rock bottom, they realized all they really had was themselves and that even if that was all they had, together and united it meant power.

The Five Key Takeaways From the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Martin Koehring | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.

Syria in 2015: Another Year of Agony

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...

Why Europe Needs Paris More Than Most

Baroness Bryony Worthington | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Bryony Worthington

On Saturday, when the final agreement emerges, the EU more than any other economic block will need to see a clear and unambiguous signal that the world is serious about tackling this issue and that the momentum for change is now unstoppable.

Unmanaged Climate Change Is an Unacceptable Risk - Tackling It Is an Unparalleled Opportunity

Kevin Rabinovitch | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Kevin Rabinovitch

Right now, we all have an opportunity to win - to leave a safe, sustainable climate for our children and future generations, to establish a more equitable and secure society and to create a mutually prosperous economic future. If we do it right and right now, we may not be too late.

My Social Media Misstep Was Easily Rectified - My Cousin is a Year Into a Jail Sentence Because of His

Chris Blackwood | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Chris Blackwood

Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.

Does a Shrinking Population Help to Solve Climate Change?

Dr Peter Matanle | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Dr Peter Matanle

We often hear it said that there are too many people on Earth, that 'overpopulation' is an existential threat, and that fewer people might consume proportionately less, resulting in some easy environmental gains such as less carbon output and fewer species extinctions. It's a seductive logic, but is it true?

Overlooked By the Outside World, Conflict in Yemen Continues Unabated

David Jones | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

In the space of just eight months since the latest conflict broke out in late March, the numbers in need of humanitarian assistance have risen to over 80% of the population: a staggering 21.2million people, including almost 10million children. Over 1,500 children have been killed and injured as a result of the war... It is increasingly urgent that everything possible be done to halt the catastrophic loss of life.

Paris to Finalise New Global Sustainability Framework for Billions

Lord Prescott | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Lord Prescott

A Paris deal would be the final piece in the post-2015 global sustainability framework jigsaw. Such an agreement would also bolster the prospects of a carbon system emerging, from Asia-Pacific to the Americas, with potential to become a game-changing development in the fight against global warming.

JK Rowling Says Comparing Donald Trump To Voldemort Is Unfair - On Voldemort.

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK

'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling has hit out at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, saying Lord Voldemort is "nowhere near as bad" as the bi...

'Homeland' Star Doesn't Think Twice About Helping Refugees Land On Lesbos

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK

Emotional video from the Greek island of Lesbos shows 'Homeland' star Mandy Patinkin struggling to help refugees come ashore. Hundreds of discarded...

Donald Trump And The Leader Of ISIS Are Contending For 'Person Of The Year'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK

Donald Trump will face the leader of the so-called Islamic State in consideration for TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. The prestigious award ann...

#SomewhereOutThere: Athens to Macedonia...

James Alexander | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
James Alexander

One smuggler went to grab our camera from us and then mimed the action of running a knife across his throat. We quickly moved back far enough to ensure a mime didn't turn into anything else!

NRA Members Are Seriously P*ssed Off With This Paper's Searing Editorial

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK

Gun owners are thoroughly outraged after an American newspaper labelled all of those responsible for recent mass shootings as “terrorists” alongsi...

It's Not Over Till D' Belly Woman Sing: The Public Health Emergency Will Last Long After Ebola

Dr Benjamin Black | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Dr Benjamin Black

She survived Ebola, and she survived childbirth. That makes her one of the lucky ones. Sierra Leone was already the most dangerous country in the world to give birth even before the scourge of Ebola came to pass.

Syrian Refugees - Avoiding a 'Lost Generation'

David Rowntree | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Rowntree

Many families have been refugees for almost five years now. Their children are unlikely to have been in school during that time, and the families are likely to have burned through whatever resources they had when they fled home. International aid is falling as need is rising. Work is difficult to find (and often illegal) for refugees, who are paid much less than the locals, with no enforcement of labour standards. Put bluntly, the once middle class Syrian refugee population is now pauperised, and desperate, which has driven them to pay large amounts of money and take huge risks crossing a continent to Northern Europe.

As the Bombs Rain Down on Syria Is the UK Really Safer?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sanchita Islam

We all want to see decisive action and for IS to be dealt with emphatically, but all I see right now is a mess.

Leave No One Behind: A Goal for the Future

Aidan Leavy | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Aidan Leavy

Children with disabilities can be 10 times less likely to attend school, according to a report published by child rights organisation Plan International called Include Us!. If they do go to school, their level of schooling is below that of their peers. The discrimination doesn't end there.

To the Islamic State and Back

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

When you enter Syria, you have to start following all their Sharia [Islamic law] rules and pray, otherwise the khizba [police] will get you. For example, if you don't pray on time, they can take you and punish you. I told them that I did the hijra to the Islamic State, and then applied to the Sharia court to get my children back. I lived in the mosque between March and September. I could not even take my clothes off once. Nobody forces you to fight, but you do have to find a way to make a living.

From the East End to Southeast Africa - One Day Young in Malawi

Jenny Lewis | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Jenny Lewis

I started the original One Day Young project in East London back in 2008, photographing over 150 mothers at home with their babies in the first twenty-four hours of life. When invited me to extend this project to Malawi, to raise awareness about women giving birth without clean water or sanitation for their Deliver Life appeal, I was apprehensive.

The Paris Climate Change Talks: What Will Success Look Like?

Martin Koehring | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

As the Paris Climate Change Conference gets underway, it's time to examine what it will take for the talks to deliver ambitious outcomes that will have a real impact on tackling climate change.

Inequality Blights Education for Children With Disabilities - Let's Change This Now

Natalia Vodianova | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Natalia Vodianova

As a philanthropist and children's' campaigner - it's an incredible opportunity to discuss what children with disabilities need to prosper. And believe me, it's imperative we have that conversation. One issue that desperately needs to be addressed is how we achieve equality for children with disabilities, particularly when it comes to education.

The Prince's Trust: A British Success Story That We Are Proud to Share

Martina Milburn | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Martina Milburn

Over the years, 825,000 young people in the UK have been helped by The Prince's Trust. Umesh, 19 from Peterborough, is one of them. He experienced several difficult years as a teenager, characterised by expulsion from school, gangs, crime and homelessness.