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Whenever a politician or business leader claims there is ‘no money’ to pay for health, education, climate damage, innovation and for a fair post-COVID recovery, they know where to look.

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@IndianExpress #PandoraPapers…
"Governments must end tax havens by agreeing a global blacklist and taking counter measures which includes sanctions."— @AmitabhBehar

#PandoraPapers (2/6)👇…
We know the increase in declared wealth of top 11 billionaires of India during the pandemic could sustain the #MGNREGS scheme for 10 yrs.

We cannot allow tax havens to stretch #inequality while the world experiences largest increase in poverty in decades. #PandoraPapers (3/6)👇
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1. The U.S. sees a vital role for the Security Council to tackle the negative impacts of climate on peace and security.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said this when he addressed the U.N. Security Council on the impact of climate change on security.

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#Climate Image

2. Blinken said climate change is taken into account at every foreign policy decision because of its devastating implications and the cascading effects on virtually every aspect of our lives, like #agriculture, infrastructure, public #health, or food.…

3. Blinken said: "The consequences are falling disproportionately on vulnerable and low-income populations. And they're worsening conditions and human suffering in places already afflicted by conflict, high levels of violence, instability".

🧵 #UNSC…
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1. Yesterday, the UN Secretary-General warned: "We face the greatest cascade of crises in our lifetime."

World leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly, where the climate crisis and other 'Great Divides' are on the agenda.

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#UNGA #ClimateCrisis #peace

2. Unlike just five or ten years ago, it's now only the odd one out who is not alarmed about the climate crisis.

Especially the younger generation doesn't need to be convinced of the seriousness of our global challenges.

#youth #schoolstrike…

3. Being alarmed doesn't always lead to concrete action.

Nobody can ignore the daily news about extreme weather disasters or the latest scientific report about the climate crisis.

But our leaders still don't treat the new reality as a crisis.

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1. Climate anxiety: the climate crisis is even scarier from a child's perspective; 6 out of 10 say they feel betrayed by their governments.

40% of young people worldwide are hesitant to have children due to climate change.

Thread: How can you help?…

2. Recent research found that anxiety of the youth is related to perceived government inaction.

#climatecrisis #youth #anxiety #climateanxiety #mentalhealth #environment #nature #climatechange #ClimateAction…

3. A UNICEF report published last month provides some context to understand these perceptions of young people better.

The report found that approximately 1 billion children live in one of the 33 countries classified as "extremely high-risk.”…
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LTNs - Low Traffic Neighbourhoods - Good or Bad? 🧵(1/9)

(We're trying to be objective here & full disclosure - we have no direct experience of LTNs, just lots of tweets read.)

It seems to be far more complicated than just good or bad - there are layers on both sides...
We hear from people living *inside* LTNs that benefits include
* Lower #AirPollution
* Safer streets for active travel
* Quieter
* Less traffic within LTN, including rat-running
Yet we also hear the cons of living inside include
* Poorer access for disabled people
* Poor access for emergency vehicles
* Poor access for deliveries
* Difficulty having visitors
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(1/21) On November 6, 1965, the U.S. agreed with Cuba to airlift Cubans to the United States.

In the next eight years, around 300,000 Cubans took advantage of this program and left for the country that had played a central role in its domestic politics for a long time. 🧵

(2/21) On that very same day, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson's science advisory committee sent him a report entitled Restoring the Quality of Our Environment. 

Summarized in one line: a warning that burning fossil fuels will change the climate.

#science #climatechange 🧵

(3/21) Although the report correctly warned about the increase of carbon dioxide, it noted that it would take a few more years before climate models could reasonably project future global surface temperature changes.
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"The promise & peril of the Bio Revolution"

"...the world cheered [] that 3 #gene-based COVID19 #vaccines – 1 developed by German #biotech co. BioNTech in collab. w/ Pfizer, another by [] biotech firm Moderna, & a 3rd by [] AstraZeneca – had proved effective in clinical trials."
"But in October, researchers revealed that off-target effects of the #CRISPR-Cas9 #gene-editing tool used to repair a blindness-causing gene in the early stages of human #embryo development often eliminated an entire #chromosome or a large part of it."

"Our deepening knowledge of #biology#genes, #microbiomes, & neural signals – is making it increasingly possible to "engineer life."... #gene drives applied to infectious-disease vectors [] could save many lives, but we may not be able to control them."

#4IR #Biotech
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THREAD #Inequality and heating homes 🏡

Xinru Lin used the latest @DWP 's Family Resource Survey (FRS) and Households Below Average Income (HBAI) microdata to explore who struggles to heat their homes and how this has changed over time in England (2011-2018). 1/6
➡️ Households who were unable to keep homes warm fell from 6.6% to 5.8%, 2011-2018.

➡️ Households aged 35-44 and 45-54, fell by 4.4 and 4.6 percentage points. In 2018, households aged 65-74 no longer reported their inability to keep homes warm. 2/6
In 2018, the South West had the highest share of households, at 8.4%, who couldn’t afford to keep homes warm enough.

London (5%) and South East (5%) had the smallest proportion. 3/6
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A thread on the Game Theory of Dogecoin


"Elon's attempts to coordinate Millennials and Gen-Zs on a Stag Hunt against the Boomers"

#doge #wallstreetbets #inequality #gametheory @elonmusk

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In game theory, Coordination Games are those in which individual participants will both have their highest payoff if they act together.

Drivers choosing Left/Right side of the road is a pure version (pic).

A Stag Hunt is a special version of a CG called an Assurance Game.. Image
The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1755, envisioned two hunters camouflaging together in the woods, when a group of hares suddenly cross their path.

They are each faced with a decision to either-

a) Hide, still hoping to catch the stag. The big prize. Shhh.. Image
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US President Joseph Biden:
*** Cuba is a failed state and Communism is a failed ideology ***

*** What is his take on capitalism? ***

Welcome to beautiful downtown Los Angeles
#inequality #capitalism
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Thread: Senate Budget Committee Democrats’ agreement on a budget resolution marks an important step toward robust and critically needed recovery legislation to build an equitable economy and address our nation’s long-standing challenges. #EquitableRecovery
There are many key details that haven’t been released and, in some cases, haven’t been worked out, but the last 48 hours demonstrate encouraging progress towards transformative change.
Once a budget resolution is in place, lawmakers will turn to the important work of crafting reconciliation legislation, consistent with that framework, that can transform our economy…
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Just imagine the response had PM Corbyn overseen 150,000 deaths! 🤯

A short #THREAD on the *REAL* causes of Britain's mass deaths.

Despite the brutality & disarray of the current Government, the causes of Britain's catastrophic response to #COVID have been brewing for decades.
Since the 2008 financial crash — caused by the reckless irresponsibility of a greedy & woefully under-regulated & deregulated financial sector — our once genuinely world-beating public services have been utterly decimated, with tragic consequences for millions of decent people. Image
Following the imposition of ideological #austerity, council funding has been cut by 49%.

Essential public services have either been privatised or replaced with faceless profit-motivated corporate outsourcers, with only a superficial concern for the places in which they operate. Image
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Various bankers & journalists have recently been very upbeat about the prospects for Britain's economic recovery:

"The British economy will be booming. It is not yet widely appreciated just how big this boom will be" - Andrew Neil.

My advice: don't believe the hype.
Last week the Bank of England said: "Economic growth in Britain this year should not be confused with a normal boom... economy shrank almost 10% last year, biggest slump in 300 years".

While the opinion polls show a 'vaccine bounce' for the Tories, again: don't believe the hype.
A fascinating new opinion poll by the respected Pew Research Center, discussed in the Financial Times, tells a fascinating story about how a clear majority in the US & Western Europe support large scale, systemic change.…
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I am getting this question a lot from different media outlets: What are Palestinians after, why are they protesting?

Let me try to simplify it in a way people around the world may be able to relate to.


Palestinians want what @NelsonMandela and #SteveBeko wanted: #Freedom.

Palestinians want what #MalcolmX and #MLK fought for: #Dignity & #Equality

Palestinians are struggling for what #Gandhi & #FrantzFanon fought for: #EndingColonialism

Palestinians are struggling for… 2/
Palestinians are struggling for what Simone de Beauvoir & Sojourner Truth fought for: #EndingSubjugation

Palestinians are struggling for what George Washington and Simon Bolivar fought for: #PeoplesRule #EndingAuthoritarianism

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"making females sing when they shouldn't" @newscientist This will be an unpopular & probably ignored thread about #menopause #ecology #responsibility #society #power #inequality. So I am 51, BANG in the peri-menopause. #davinamenopause
I am also #PhD research fellow, trying thru brain fog to learn 2 new languages, in a new country & new work industry (academia) during a pandemic. So my GP prescribes me synthetic HRT after a 3 month headache & acute anxiety to allow me to keep working on #sustainability research
I am just one of 4 billion women who will experience(if they live long enough despite war, poverty, violence & environmental destruction to get to it?) waning of fertility. Half the world's humans. If we ALL took #hrt of any kind what does that mean for our non-human female kin?
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 05/08/2021…
Grimm Choices: How Energy Transition Threatens A Fairy Tale Forest…

#WindEnergy #germany #environment #forests #consequences
‘Escape mutation’ in Covid strain discovered in Angola able to evade Coronavirus antibodies…

#COVID19 #africa #variants #EscapeMutation
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Interesting results by Markus Grabka @DIW_Berlin on changes in household #incomes during the #Covid_19 crisis in Germany: #inequality in monthly hh disposable incomes was _lower_ in early 2021 than in 2019

This is because self-employed workers - who in Germany have high average incomes - suffered substantial income losses, while other groups experienced stagnating or even rising incomes. Certainly a result of the comprehensive government emergency support (#kurzarbeit)
These results are consistent with earlier research, e.g. by @ConchDAmbrosio, which suggested that disp. income inequality in European countries may have declined in the initial stages of the crisis because of strong government support for lower-income hhs
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It was a good to join @TheWorld’s @MarcoWermer and @BTI's Zeke @hausfath to question the compatibility of our relentless #GrowthDependency and achieving carbon targets. A few reflections on the discussion in this thread 1/7…
We all agree that rapid absolute #decoupling of emissions (not to mention impacts on #biodiversity etc) is necessary. And possible. By investing in cleaner technology #renewables #efficiency #circulareconomy #greennewdeal @AOC 2/7
Our disagreement arises from whether technology is sufficient to achieve what’s needed – to stay within 1.5 degrees for instance – without challenging @GretaThunberg’s ‘fairytales of eternal economic growth’ #theredqueen 3/7
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Absolute state of Britain after forty long years of deregulated free market #capitalism.

The prison population in England & Wales increased substantially (by 90%) between 1990 & 2016.


Fundamentally, it's about grotesque levels of economic #inequality.

A 2019 LSE report into 'Understanding the Links between Inequalities and Poverty' reviewed & presented the best evidence.

I'll summarise some of the findings, below.…
Fundamentally, when economic inequality is high, & economic opportunities are low, economically disadvantaged individuals have an increased incentive to commit certain types of crime; those associated with an economic gain: robbery, burglary, theft, etc.
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Canada’s billionaires have grown richer during the pandemic, and calls for a wealth tax are getting louder… via @TorontoStar #Canada #WealthTax #inequality #cdnpoli #cdnecon
"A one-time wealth tax won’t enable govts to make sustainable investments in major public projects, such as fighting climate change. It’s only an annual wealth tax that can bend down that curve of rising billionaire wealth & raise revenues for the long term." .. #cdnpoli #cdnecon
"For the super rich during this pandemic, their wealth has been more like a propeller, lifting them to even greater heights. Since March 2020, Canada’s billionaires, of which there are about 4 dozen, have collectively increased their wealth by more than $78B." #WealthTax #cdnpoli
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