The Big Issue 11/8/2021

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
frozen assets

Switzerland’s largest glacier is not as large as it used to be. A century ago the Rhône Glacier was a literal highlight on the Grand Tour; today tourists have to walk an extra mile to reach the point it’s receded to. So, like the rest of us, it’s layering up to protect itself from the elements. Tarpaulins have been spread over glaciers since the 1990s and are now used in seven locations across Switzerland. By reflecting sunlight, fallen snow is preserved in summer so the thickness of ice can increase. Studies show that ice and snow melt is reduced by 60 per cent. Despite this, Swiss glaciers lost another one per cent of their volume this year, even with heavy snow and a cool summer. “Although 2021 shows the lowest ice…

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12 min
the dispatch

HOUSING EVICTIONS The long stretch of ‘no fault’ evictions keeps rolling on. And on. It’s been two-and-a-half years since Theresa May’s government promised to scrap ‘no-fault’ evictions, but renters will still be getting kicked out without a reason in 2022. Since April 2019, more than 25,000 landlord possession claims have been heard in county courts in England and Wales, according to government statistics, with more on the cards in the months ahead. The Big Issue’s Stop Mass Homelessness campaign has been calling for these no-fault evictions – or section 21 evictions as they are also known – to be suspended to prevent rising homelessness in the next few months following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the Westminster government has confirmed that the upcoming private rented sector white paper, which is expected to replace…

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1 min
how many police does it take to find nessie?

Inside the COP26 conference area pledges were being made and the globe’s big players – from Bezos and Gates, to Biden and DiCaprio – gathered. Outside interesting conversations continued. The debt faced by developing nations remains a live issue. How can they service that debt AND meet costly CO2 demands is a good question. One campaign group, the Jubilee Debt Campaign, took an inflatable Loch Ness “debt monster” to the River Clyde to demand cancellation of debts and call for future climate finance to come in the form of grants, not loans. Shortly after their arrival, Nessie was seized and removed from the river by Glasgow police. It was, they said, due to fire safety regulations.…

3 min
editor's letter

Big finance knows that people power is insisting it puts money where its mouth is A large, naked Scottish man, said Jon Sopel, stood in his front window as the US president’s motorcade passed by, capturing the moment on his phone. Sopel, the BBC Washington correspondent, paints quite an image. While there have been questions over what lasting legacy and positive global impact the COP26 meeting in Glasgow will deliver, the thought that this is one of Joe Biden’s takeaways from his two-day trip is a dominant one that is hard to shake. I don’t think that it’ll impact or dilute Joe’s commitment to the green cause. He is dialled in hard to cutting CO2 and encouraging the world to follow. We all hope he can deliver, and that he can get tough to…

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4 min
bird's words

Over the last few days I have invented two new things. One is a new lighting system for bikes. The other is a new government minister. My bike light system is brilliant. I am a cyclist and am always aware of the dangers of cycling. So my new foolproof system, I believe, should be adopted by all. It’s unique and original. Say, for instance, you are driving a car and ahead of you is a cyclist, but it’s dark and they have no lights. You bang into them and then all of a sudden the bike bursts into a blaze of lights! Therefore the lights only illuminate when there is a collision. I don’t think anyone has invented that kind of bike light before. I intend to patent it and start producing it…

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3 min
letters

Like the novel 1984 but better! Thanks to Sarah Wilson for the brilliantly imagined two scenes in 2050. A fantastic imagining of the best and the worst after COP26. I love the co-living complex idea especially. Let’s hope and act and work towards the first good scenario. Alison Oakes Rightly or wrongly I’m fed up of turning on the TV, radio or reading the newspaper and being preached at by celebs and bandwagoners about climate change. I am conscious and aware of potentially harmful environmental actions and yes I am worried, but the media feels like “Brexit” all over again – where anyone/everyone has an opinion, informed or otherwise, and usually negative. This said I thought the article written by Sarah Wilson was superb and brought this issue to life in a genuinely…

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