Mapping the world’s cities where you can live comfortably without heating or air conditioning reveals how few boast such ideal climates – and how global warming may further narrow the fieldLast summer I mapped the cities of the world where the residents can live comfortably without heating or air conditioning. Working with Guardian Cities to scale up the original survey using data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we broke the world’s cities into four categories. Second, cities that are warmer in the summer, meaning you probably want air conditioning but can still get by without heating. Lastly, cities with hot summers and cold winters, where you probably want both air conditioning and heating. Using data from the Impact Climate Lab, we have modelled how climate change might affect temperatures globally, making more people dependent on air conditioning in cities where it is currently strictly a luxury.
August 14, 2018 05:02 UTC
Men use wet wipes too, as well as other products that can clog the sewers if they are flushed, not binned. But what about other daily products – wet wipes, nappies and period products?” asked Caroline Russell of the Green party, chair of the LGA environment committee. Held together by fat dumped into the sewer system from domestic sources and eateries, they are made up largely of wet wipes. Wet wipes, despite the havoc they cause in sewers, are frequently labelled as flushable, which confuses consumers. The report also calls for much more signage in public areas, informing people about the dangers of flushing wet wipes and other plastic-containing products.
August 14, 2018 05:02 UTC
China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tension between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority. Members of a UN panel reviewing China’s rights record have said they received credible reports that one million ethnic Uighurs are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. The “ulterior motives” of anti-China forces were behind the “unfounded” slandering of the country’s anti-terrorism measures, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. “Any defamatory rumours are futile,” Lu said, adding that the situation in Xinjiang was stable with communities of all ethnicities getting along harmoniously, and economic development enjoying good momentum. China officially guarantees freedom of religion but in recent years officials nervous about the possibility of radicalisation and violence have tightened controls in heavily Muslim areas.
August 14, 2018 05:01 UTC
And both believe that the BDS movement will expose the true nature of the conflict to the world. “Abu Mazen understands more than the BDS movement that you have to be subtle,” he said. In Gaza this January, I met Haidar Eid, a professor of literature at Al-Azhar University and a co-founder of the BDS movement in Gaza. International organisations, too, have been influenced by the BDS movement to move slowly from ineffectual condemnations to calls for practical measures that have some teeth. One of the primary apprehensions of liberal Zionists about the BDS movement is what they consider to be its strident tone and uncompromising positions.
August 14, 2018 04:52 UTC
Boris Johnson must face full inquiry, Muslim leaders tell May Read moreAs vice-president of Humanists UK, I have frequently criticised religion. But Versi said something else, too: he accused Johnson of “dehumanising Muslim women”. Boris Johnson is leveraging hatred and racism in his desire for power | Rupa Huq Read moreReligions have always branded their identities by restrictions on women. But liberation takes bravery, as with the 50 Muslim women in Scotland launching an equality campaign, Scottish Mosques For All, complaining of no women on mosque committees, nor women speakers, no creches, not even prayer facilities. I doubt Boris Johnson will join our campaign against faith schools, as his party seeks to extend them.
August 14, 2018 04:52 UTC
National Farmers’ Federation says US court ruling that weedkiller causes cancer sets a ‘reckless precedent’Australian farmers body says Roundup cancer ruling is 'in blatant ignorance' of scienceAustralia’s National Farmers’ Federation has rejected the finding of a US court that the weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, saying it set a “reckless precedent” that could harm agriculture. The jury ruled that Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to regularly using Roundup. The active chemical in Roundup – glyphosate – has been classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation but is still approved for use in Australia and the US. Homebase to review sale of Monsanto weedkiller after US cancer verdict Read moreOn Tuesday, the NFF said the US court decision was “in blatant ignorance” of science. “Through the use of glyphosate, farmers are able to practise minimum tillage – protecting soil structure and nutrients and ultimately increasing the storage of soil carbon,” she said.
August 14, 2018 01:05 UTC
Proposed laws would also compel Facebook, Apple and Google to assist in decrypting private communicationsLaw enforcement agencies would gain new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications under proposed legislation. “We must ensure our laws reflect the rapid take-up of secure online communications by those who seek to do us harm,” he said. Warrants would allow agencies including police and anti-corruption bodies to remove computers, copy data and to conceal their activities from the person under surveillance. Steele-John said the legislation would allow security agencies to install software to capture data as it is decrypted on the receiving end “undermining the very principle of end-to-end encryption”. Taylor said the reforms “will allow law enforcement and interception agencies to access specific communications without compromising the security of a network”.
August 13, 2018 23:49 UTC
The UK’s fabled “soft power” influencing international affairs is under threat from restrictive immigration policies, after a new survey revealed the UK has been supplanted by the US as the most popular place of education for the world’s political leaders. “You build up real soft power when you educate the leading lights of other countries. In the past, we have been more successful than any other country in attracting the world’s future leaders. In contrast, China educated just two political leaders from outside its own shores. But a controversial inclusion is Italy’s new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, whose claim to have studied at Girton College, Cambridge, is the subject of dispute.
August 13, 2018 23:01 UTC
This year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe as well as the city’s low crime rate helped nudge Vienna into first place. Vienna regularly tops a larger ranking of cities by quality of life compiled by the consulting firm Mercer. It is the first time it has topped the EIU survey, which began in its current form in 2004. The struggle for Melbourne: has the world's 'most liveable' city lost its way? In addition to the generally improved security outlook for western Europe, Vienna benefited from its low crime rate, the survey’s editor, Roxana Slavcheva, said.
August 13, 2018 23:00 UTC
Judge calls for Mental Health Act reform over rising detentions Read more“It’s good to see the rates of self-inflicted deaths are declining. “Many will have been detained precisely because they were at risk to themselves, yet the Mental Health Act is not keeping them safe and is failing to support and protect them. The reality is that the conditions under which the Mental Health Act are enforced are not fit for purpose for women and girls”. The Guardian revealed in March that coroners had found that at least 271 mental health patients in England and Wales had died between 2012 and 2017 after sometimes multiple failings by NHS staff and bodies, including mental health trusts, GP surgeries and ambulance services. However, every suicide is a tragedy, which is why we recently announced a zero suicide ambition for mental health inpatients.”An independent review of the Mental Health Act ordered by Theresa May, chaired by Prof Sir Simon Wessely, an ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, is due to report soon.
August 13, 2018 22:52 UTC
For the first time last year, in what was once a famously religious country, the Humanist Society of Scotland married more people than the Church of Scotland. Scotland categorises humanist weddings as a non-religious belief ceremony, with the same legal status as church-based and civil marriages. And since 2005 they have mushroomed: in 2017, there were 5,912 humanist weddings with 3,283 conducted by Humanist Society celebrants compared with just 3,166 by the Church of Scotland. Lambie was herself married at a humanist wedding in 2007. The Church of England, by contrast, has a slick and cheery website devoted to selling its religious marriages: yourchurchwedding.org.
August 13, 2018 22:52 UTC
Good morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Tuesday 14 August. The environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, faces increasing pressure to account for the decision to award the controversial grant. A champion of civil rights, Franklin performed at Martin Luther King’s funeral, and at the 2009 inauguration of president Barack Obama. The president has also boasted about firing FBI agent Peter Strzok, even though the firing was ordered by the FBI’s deputy director. Sign upIf you would like to receive the Guardian Australia morning mail to your email inbox every weekday, sign up here.
August 13, 2018 20:59 UTC
Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 tonight with Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw scoring before Jamie Vardy's late consolation. But Mourinho has now explained the decision, saying he simply could not bring the 22-year-old on against Leicester. Manchester United boss Mourinho said: "Mr Scudamore must be happy, it's a good way to start the Premier League. I want to play Martial but I can't, Paul Pogba can't play 90, Fred the same. Man Utd news: Anthony Martial was left out by Jose MourinhoMan Utd news: Paul Pogba impressed as Leicester were beaten
August 10, 2018 21:17 UTC
Pogba was named captain for the clash at Old Trafford despite only returning to Manchester United training on Monday. However, within three minutes he had his and United’s first goal of the season. After Daniel Amartey handled in the box, Pogba stuttered in his run up towards the spot before finishing past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal. And Neville was worried with how slow the France World Cup winner was moving.
August 10, 2018 20:48 UTC
Man Utd transfer news: Harry Maguire could not be lured to Old TraffordMaguire was linked with a move to Manchester United after impressing for England in their run to the World Cup semi-finals. And Neville believes his performances in Russia were a big reason why Mourinho was so keen on him. “I thought he was the player of the tournament for England at the World Cup,” Neville said, when asked about Mourinho’s interest in Maguire. “He answered every single question. We knew he was good in the air, we knew that he was decent on the ball.
August 10, 2018 19:30 UTC