Tuesday, November 20The Voice of London

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Londoners, don’t breathe too deep: The fight for a clean air is far from over

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Despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, results show that pollution is, in fact, increasing. With the UN Climate Change Conference just around the corner, Voice of London evaluates why the efforts in tackling climate change are having so little effect. It is a sad time for the greens. This week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 44 cities in the UK have pollutions levels so high it is dangerous for people to breath. According to the WHO, exposure to dirty particles should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air. London air presented 15 micrograms. The situation is indeed worrying as pollution in London is estimated to be responsible for 9,000 deaths every year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been working on strategies to reduce veh

Professors refuse to give the government information on Brexit lessons

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Academics refuse to give Government information on what they are teaching students about Brexit. Academics sent out a petition to the Minister of State for Universities after Tory MP and government whip Chris Heaton-Harris asked all UK universities for a list of teachers’ names who teach about Brexit, as well as for details about what is being taught. After receiving the enquiry in a letter addressed by the House of Commons, Prof. Brooks, the Dean of Durham Law School, decided to start a petition and managed to gather nearly 2,4000 signatures within a week. He was concerned that “while all North East universities quickly refused to provide the information” others would feel obliged to respond to the MP’s request, declared on the Chronicle Live. https://twitter.com/thom_brooks/s

Is the Uber ban an outcome of Brexit?

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A number of people think Uber was banned to give Black Cab drivers their jobs back. Some views raise the question: is it the effect of Brexit and growing racism? “It’s a difficult question, what to do”, says my Uber driver with a great level of concern, when I asked him about his future plans. It took all of us by great surprise when, on September 22, Transport For London (TFL) announced that they were no longer planning to extend Uber’s license after it was deemed to be “unfit” to operate in London. Over 3.5 million Londoners rely on the transportation app for the quick, hassle-free and affordable ride. And, for thousands of others, it is a main source of income. Uber is currently in the appeal process and has urged Londoners to sign a petition called Save Your Uber in London. T
#MenToo: One man telling his story about sexual assault

#MenToo: One man telling his story about sexual assault

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Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp was one of the first men to join the #MeToo movement. Here is why we need more men to speak out about sexual harassment and rape.  When he was 21, Joe (name changed) met a guy on a night out in Brixton and decided to invite him back to his house. The next thing he remembers is waking up on his bed; naked, in pain and robbed of all his belongings. He later learns that he was drugged with GHB, London’s most common ‘date rape’ drug. But it took him more than two years to tell his friends “all of the truth” about what had happened, or may have happened, that night. “It was hard to get my own head around my feelings. I think that’s why I couldn’t come forward and speak out right away. I felt so used.” It’s that feeling of shame, the fear that people might
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