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The only world leaders doing (arguably) worse than @[email protected] at handling the coronavirus pandemic are Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Jair Bolsonaro. What company our Prime Minister keeps.

From today's Friday Panel on @[email protected] As part of a green recovery, we ought to be:

🚲 Redesigning our roads for walking and cycling
🏚️ Retrofitting our inefficient and poorly insulated homes
🌳 Planting trees!

Photo of Rotterdam Centraal Station by Jurriaan Snikkers.

Really enjoyed being on @[email protected]'s Friday Panel this morning with @[email protected] Our Government is setting us up for failure so that it can blame its mismanagement of the -19 outbreak on people "who don't have enough common sense".

What shame @[email protected] has brought upon himself. I haven't seen his film and – unusually for me – I'm not going to bother. It sounds like a complete waste of 100 minutes of my life.

And I'm not just basing this on what @[email protected] has said. This piece is just the latest in a very long line of condemnations I've read.

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COVID-19, viruses, xkcd link (+) 

If you need some hope, the latest xkcd comic looks at the current situation from a different perspective:

Really enjoyed this read at the weekend: "In the future, we might look back on December 2019 as the all-time peak in global carbon emissions."

If anyone out there is using my Susty WordPress theme for anything (big or small), I'd love to see a link to your site. I've seen some interesting uses of it in the wild but haven't kept a track of the URLs. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

An excellent and timely post by @danny: "Shaving off a single kilobyte in a file that is being loaded on 2 million websites reduces CO2 emissions by an estimated 2950kg per month."

This is the sort of good news story we need right now. πŸš† Sleeper trains are a fantastic way of travelling. There should be dozens leaving @StPancrasInt every evening for every corner of Europe.

"Nothing we’ll read about online should make us hopeful, because scrolling for hope by browsing through social media from your sofa won’t cut it. I think that’s even selfish. Those achievements are the result of exhausted youths, overworked scientists and grieving activists. For each green bill presented in a legislative body, there’s an anxious, underslept staffer who needs backup. Can one hope from the sidelines?"

It's that time of the year again. Time to share this by @[email protected] :

"People in eastern Congo are massacred to facilitate smartphone upgrades of ever diminishing marginal utility."

Tree planting volunteer party at Skelgill Farm in Newlands Valley. I've done about 10 so far. Just 699,999,990 to go!

A surreal and hilarious moment in the European Parliament when an ill-informed Brexit Party MEP questions the academic credentials of the Green Party's Molly Scott Cato MEP. πŸ˜‚

Excellent to see this work being done by @[email protected]:

"We will seek to purchase negative CO2 emissions at any price per tCO2, starting immediately."


Superb performance by @[email protected] jousting with John Humphrys on @[email protected] on the movement: "On the one hand business as usual, climate breakdown, and mass deaths. On the other we try to find a way to live and prosper together."

Here's a debate, presented by France 24, in English, featuring MEPs from across Europe, and across the political spectrum, debating the controversy around the election of the European Commission President. Have you ever seen anything like this on BBC News? Perhaps if we actually covered this sort of thing in the UK, we wouldn't all be so ignorant about how the EU works.

More than 2,000 years later, this 1st century BCE Roman bridge is still standing.

Free chargers all over Verona (and free WiFi throughout the city) via their smart city app.

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