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Oct 11, 2020

Jamie Oliver warns against lowering food standards post-Brexit

Speaking to our political correspondent Alex Forsyth, Jamie Oliver has accused the government of using “back door” secondary legislation to avoid scrutiny of post-Brexit food standards. There’s concern that new legislation going through Parliament could result in a lowering of food standards in any future trade deals. The government says it won’t sign

Jul 20, 2020

Social media influencers warned against promoting fake brands

Police and trading standards officials have told BBC News that social media influencers are unwittingly helping to fuel the trade in counterfeit goods. With their millions of followers, many of them get paid to promote clothing in their posts, but the authorities fear some may be advertising fakes. The trade is moving increasingly

Jul 19, 2020

About planet SOS

Every part of the globe is feeling the heat of the climate and ecological emergency. Many of the world’s leading scientists are warning of an existential crisis in the face of irreversible and adverse changes to the earth’s climate. Al Jazeera’s environmental show Planet SOS explores the issues around climate, nature and pollution

Jul 8, 2020

About my Ethiopia

Ethiopia is changing, fast. The country that was once infamous for famine and war is becoming famous for its dramatic transformation.While global media report on this new African miracle, we hear from Ethiopians themselves on what their dynamic country means to them.‘My Ethiopia’ follows four Ethiopians as they come to terms with their

Jul 6, 2020

Is Facebook losing the boycott battle?

As an advertising boycott of Facebook continues to grow, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down. The campaign, involving some of the world’s biggest companies, calls on Facebook to do more about hate speech and misinformation. Facebook boss Mr Zuckerberg says he thinks the brands will be back “soon enough” and that

Jul 5, 2020

A Decade of Sun

As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around the Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years. This

Jul 4, 2020

Electric plane’s ‘milestone’ first UK test flight at Cranfield

A six-seater electric plane, said to be Europe’s largest emission-free aircraft, has completed its first UK test flight. Powered by hydrogen, the Piper Malibu flew several short journeys from Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, as part of a project funded by the UK government. Manufacturer ZeroAvia said it hoped to have a version with

Jul 1, 2020

Will Vladimir Putin be president of Russia for life?

Vladimir Putin was first elected as Russia’s president in 2000. Twenty years later he is still there.  He has served longer than any Russian or Soviet politician since the early 1950s – and he could be on course to be one of his nation’s longest-serving leaders. Putin’s opponents say he plans to never leave

Jun 30, 2020

Who needs Wimbledon? Strawberry sales soar

When Covid-19 forced summer events like Wimbledon to be cancelled, along with all weddings, strawberry growers worried about their sales. However, a surge in demand for eating strawberries at home means sales have leapt by one-fifth this year. Video by Jeremy Howell, Nick Woolley and Sarah Corker

Jun 26, 2020

Preventing a plague: Fighting Kenya’s locusts

There are increasing fears for food security in East Africa, with mounting evidence of a new wave of desert locusts. Earlier in the year, billions of the insects destroyed crops across the region – with the UN warning a second generation would be even more destructive. Now, despite international efforts, those fears appear