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COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

Science
Getty ImagesBy Georgina RannardBBC News Climate & ScienceGlobal leaders are about to meet for another UN climate summit - COP27 starting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday - and the reality of climate change for many people can be overwhelming.Record-breaking heatwaves, devastating floods in Pakistan, and drought in East Africa - and that is just this year.It is no surprise that climate anxiety is rising, particularly among young people, who have mostly only known a world affected by climate change.But experts and activists have told BBC News that these fears can actually be good news for the planet."People are who really aware of climate change may be more motivated to take action," University of Bath environmental psychologist Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh says.Her research has found a link betw...
The Latest: Filipinos mark Good Friday with deserted streets

The Latest: Filipinos mark Good Friday with deserted streets

Health
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos marked Good Friday, one of the most solemn holidays in Asia’s largest Catholic nation, with deserted streets and churches following a strict lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Major highways and roads were eerily quiet after religious gatherings were prohibited in metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces. The government placed the bustling region of more than 25 million people back under lockdown this week as it scrambled to contain an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.Police-enforced curfews in the capital region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were expanded to 11 hours starting at 6 p.m. to keep people off the streets.The Philippines has imposed one of the world’s longest police- and military-enforced coronavirus q...
History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

Entertainment
Hollywood is getting ready for the biggest night of the year in what will be a decidedly different Academy Awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The nominees for the 2021 Oscars have now been revealed, with Netflix's Mank - starring Gary Oldman as social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz - leading the way with 10 nods. But it's not just about the numbers, with several big talking points arising from this year's shortlists. Image: Nomadland director Chloe Zhao is one of two women shortlisted for the best director award Women make historyIt's a rather incredible statistic, but before the 2021 nominations were announced, only five women had ever been shortlisted for best director before. That's ever, in the his...
Piers Morgan leaves ITV’s Good Morning Britain after row over Meghan remarks

Piers Morgan leaves ITV’s Good Morning Britain after row over Meghan remarks

Entertainment
Getty ImagesPiers Morgan has left ITV's Good Morning Britain following a row over comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex.It brings the controversial host's time on the show to an end after six years.ITV announced the decision after Ofcom said it was investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints.On Monday's show, Morgan said he "didn't believe a word" the duchess had told Oprah Winfrey about her mental health in an interview.An ITV spokesperson said: "Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add."The channel confirmed to the BBC that his departure from the breakfast news show will take effect immediately but declined to say who would be replacing him ...
From McDreamy to Wall Street villain: Patrick Dempsey on ‘all the things you need for a good drama’

From McDreamy to Wall Street villain: Patrick Dempsey on ‘all the things you need for a good drama’

Entertainment
It doesn't get much starrier than playing the romantic lead in one of the world's biggest TV shows, but after just a couple of minutes of talking to Patrick Dempsey it's clear his feet are planted firmly on the floor."I get it," he tells me as my toddler comes bursting into the room just a couple of minutes after we start chatting on Zoom, and later reveals that his family's lockdown binge TV of choice is The Queen's Gambit - as it helped them improve their own chess strategies when playing one another. Propelled to household-name status playing neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (aka McDreamy) in medical drama Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey comes across as a down-to-earth family man in real life - and a far cry from his latest character in new show Devils, a thriller set in the world of finance around ...