Jul 27th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Boris Johnson took over as Britain’s prime minister from Theresa May after winning the Conservative Party’s leadership contest. Mr Johnson was the favourite from the outset and won comfortably, taking 66% of the vote from the 160,000 party members on an 87% turnout. Some wonder how long he will last. Brexit has already claimed two …

Business this week

Business this week

America’s Justice Department announced a broad antitrust review of the market power of online platforms in search, social media and retailing. That increases the pressure on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to improve their behaviour as the calls from some Democrats to break up those companies grow louder during the election season. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade …

Hot is hell · Heatwaves are killing people

Hot is hell · Heatwaves are killing people

Adapting to the effects of climate change is helping but is not enough IN RECENT DAYS heatwaves have turned swathes of America and Europe into furnaces. Despite the accompanying blast of headlines, the implications of such extreme heat are often overlooked or underplayed. Spectacular images of hurricanes or floods grab attention more readily, yet heatwaves can …

Barry scary · A new threat to New Orleans

Barry scary · A new threat to New Orleans

More snowmelt to the north plus storms in the Gulf equals trouble AS HURRICANES GO, Barry hardly qualified for the title. Poorly organised and slow-moving, it achieved the requisite wind speed for just a couple of hours on July 13th before being demoted to a tropical storm. But for New Orleans, mild Barry was a …