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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

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”

Covid-19 and the Cautious Reassurances Data Offers By Jonathan Gornall - Apr 10, 2020

By now, most governments around the world have recognized the reality that, in the ongoing absence of either a vaccine or an anti-viral treatment, social distancing is humankind’s best form of defense against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19. At the same time, many of the one-third of the world’s population now in lockdown are rapidly … Continue reading “Covid-19 and the Cautious Reassurances Data Offers”

Climate Change Was a Threat to the World Before Covid-19 and Will Still Be a Threat After the Virus Is Gone By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 23, 2020

Remember climate change, the great existential cloud hanging over the human race and the entire planet? Perhaps not. After all, most of us are now increasingly preoccupied with the newer threat from the coronavirus, or Covid-19 – how to avoid catching it, what to do if we do and how to survive the economic meltdown that … Continue reading “Climate Change Was a Threat to the World Before Covid-19 and Will Still Be a Threat After the Virus Is Gone”

Stay Home and Help Save the World as Well as Yourselves By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 19, 2020

As the number of cases of Covid-19 increases exponentially around the world, it might seem insensitive to talk about the possible upsides of the virus, but upsides there most assuredly are. One of the biggest social changes taking place as companies and individuals follow the advice of their governments to self-isolate and stay away from … Continue reading “Stay Home and Help Save the World as Well as Yourselves”