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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Coal Is Still the Biggest Villain in the Battle to Halt Climate Change By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 5, 2020

Any hope of a lasting reprieve for the environment is fading as nations emerge from the shadow of Covid-19 and scramble to resuscitate flat-lining economies. Back in May, the International Energy Agency predicted not only that 2020 would record an 8 percent decline in global carbon emissions, but also that the crisis would all but … Continue reading “Coal Is Still the Biggest Villain in the Battle to Halt Climate Change”

UN Should Hold Crucial Climate Change Meeting Virtually Instead of Postponing it By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 18, 2020

On June 4, leaders from 52 countries, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, took part in a virtual conference hosted by the UK that raised $8.8 billion to support Gavi, the vaccine alliance, in its vital work of immunizing millions of children in the world’s poorest countries. Before Covid-19 suspended normal life, this … Continue reading “UN Should Hold Crucial Climate Change Meeting Virtually Instead of Postponing it”

After the Pandemic: It’s a Myth that Covid-19 will Save the World from Environmental Catastrophe By Jonathan Gornall - May 11, 2020

When clouds gather, it’s natural for human beings to look for silver linings. There’s nothing wrong with that – it boosts morale. But the growing belief that, because of its impact on the global economy, the Covid-19 pandemic will be the solution to global warming is naive and dangerous. The International Energy Agency is the … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: It’s a Myth that Covid-19 will Save the World from Environmental Catastrophe”

After the Pandemic: Confluence of Two Crises Heightens Danger of Climate Change By Jonathan Gornall - Apr 22, 2020

When historians look back at the impact of Covid-19, will they record only a temporary diversion in the world’s direction of travel, or a moment when our way of life changed fundamentally and forever? Futurists, as is their wont, are racing to proclaim that “coronavirus will change the world permanently,” as a recent headline in … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: Confluence of Two Crises Heightens Danger of Climate Change”