More fires in Sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else on earth

Tweet Data shows five times as many fires burning in Central Africa than South America, and African governments may not be as equipped when handling them Fires are becoming more and more common in Central Africa as a result of business expansion, mining and global warming. Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown large red areas on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) satellite imagery. The fires are threatening the Congo basin which is the world’s ‘second lung’ after the Amazon. It is common for these types of…

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The British electoral system explained

Tweet There are 650 constituencies (areas) in the United Kingdom and our political voting structure goes by the First Past The Post system. The candidate or party with the most votes in the country or neighbourhood wins. Sometimes a by-election is held when a minister representing a constituency dies or resigns- but until a new member of parliament is chosen, matters are dealt with by a neighbouring MP of the same party. There were five by-elections between 2017 and 2019, one of them being when labour candidate Ruth Jones replaced…

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The Amazon fires: a symbol of destructive far-right capitalism

Tweet Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro denies scientific proof that the most bio-diverse rain forest on earth is under rapid degradation following huge fires It comes as no surprise that the South American rain forest is the biggest in the world and is home to millions of plant and animal species, but around 20% of land has been cleared in the past 50 years. Surges in fires breaking out around the globe due to increasing temperatures and drought has attracted the media’s attention, but Brazil’s fires that started in June puts…

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Meet the people working to tackle knife crime in London

Tweet As more and more youths are being sucked into gang life, Overtime hears from the Communities Against Violence group and Fight For Peace team on trying to prevent knife crime. London has become notorious for knife crime, but there are organizations trying to create stronger communities. Hesketh Benoit, founder of Haringey Communities Against Violence, says that things have changed. “Back in the day, when elders saw fights outside schools- they would try and stop them. 90% of the time they would listen, but that doesn’t happen anymore.”   HCAV is made up of a…

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