You can help with new research to understand climate change in more detail than ever before. A new regional climate model available to download and run on personal computers anywhere has been developed by climateprediction.net.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader, has now been released after more than 15 years of detention. Her release on 13 November is very welcome but does not signify any political change in the country. There are still 2,202 political prisoners in Burma.
Former directors of Swiss Bank UBS, who received substantial bonuses through an offshore tax avoidance scheme, are now top UK Treasury officials responsible for the tax regulation of RBS, Lloyds Banking group, Northern Rock and others.
Although the coalition government scrapped plans for a central information database and ID cards, they have quietly reintroduced proposals for ISPs and CSPs to maintain databases of internet and telecoms traffic which they will be able to intercept, and not only in the “interests of national security”.
Photo: Graeme RobertsonOn 12 October 2010 Jimmy Mubenga died during a forced deportation from the UK to Angola. He was handcuffed and restrained by three G4S security guards on a BA flight from Heathrow. Before he died, Jimmy was heard by other passengers repeatedly crying out for help.
Botswana’s government won’t let the Kalahari Bushmen use their own well, but tourism company Wilderness Safaris has built a luxury lodge on their land with a bar and swimming pool. Sign the petition for the Bushmen to return to their homeland and live in peace.
36 scientists including ex-Royal Society head Sir Michael Atiyah and Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto have called on the Prime Minister to protect core scientific research by cutting development in new nuclear weapons. £2bn a year, over 25% of the government’s total scientific R&D budget, is currently spent by the MoD.
Six of the eight Millenium Development Goals are directly affected by the prevalence of child marriage. In the developing world, one in three girls is married before she is 18 and one in seven before she is 15. This not only harms the young brides, but also impedes the development of their communities and societies as a whole.
ACS:Law have wrongly accused thousands of internet users for breach of copyright, and those accusations have been exposed along with vast amounts of leaked personal data. They are now considering using the Digital Economy Act to pursue “adult” file-sharers.