Storms in the Midlands ahead of COP26 felled trees and cancelled rail services, forcing some delegates to seek alternatives such as flying or hiring a car. The incident brought into focus not only the impacts of climate change, but the importance of a resilient public transport network.
The age-old development model rests on the bedrock of being able to build back better – and the bigger the better. But this assumption is being undermined by climate change concerns, amplified by COP26 this month.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, London’s cultural scene is more at risk than ever. Museums, theatres and art galleries were forced to close their doors for nearly 18 months, creating extreme uncertainty for the industry and those whose livelihoods depended on it.
Before the March lockdown, the student accommodation sector was probably having the best year to date. The student housing cycle is very much eat, sleep repeat - and once October rolls around, you do it all over again.
Editor: My generation has grown up listening to leaders talk about the climate crisis. But we are still on track for disastrous levels of global heating far in excess of the limits in the Paris climate agreement.
Having written my London lockdown chronicles over a period of 18 months, I wanted to add an addendum. After the restrictions of the pandemic, I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to travel to Paris for the first time in a few years.