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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

Electric Cars May Salve Our Conscience, But Without Renewable Energy They Could Be as Much an Ecological Disaster By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 21, 2019

As sea levels rise and climate-change protestors grow ever louder around the world, the owners of electric cars may feel they are doing their bit to avert a global-warming crisis. If so, they may be deluding themselves. Electric vehicles currently account for less than half of one percent of the world’s cars. That will change … Continue reading “Electric Cars May Salve Our Conscience, But Without Renewable Energy They Could Be as Much an Ecological Disaster”

It’s Time to Return All Archaeological Treasures to Their Rightful Owners By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 17, 2019

Next month an exhibition of 150 artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun will arrive in London for the third stop in a ten-city tour that has already broken box-office records in Los Angeles and Paris. The boy king has captivated western imagination ever since his tomb was discovered in 1922 but, as Egypt’s ministry for antiquities has made … Continue reading “It’s Time to Return All Archaeological Treasures to Their Rightful Owners”

‘Sustainable’ and ‘Development’ May Not Be Compatible; Something Needs to Be Done About It By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 6, 2019

Last month, the European aerospace company, Airbus, predicted that over the next 20 years the number of commercial aircraft in operation around the world would double. Executives brushed off fears about the impact on climate change by insisting that the company was “a champion of bringing global emissions down.” Since 1990, technological advances have indeed cut … Continue reading “‘Sustainable’ and ‘Development’ May Not Be Compatible; Something Needs to Be Done About It”

Cynical Politicians Want to Demonize Refugees, But Kindness Triumphs Over Hate By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 30, 2019

Last month, 29-year-old Iraqi Kurd Mevan Babakar set out to track down a man whose small act of kindness when she was a five-year-old refugee helped to change her life. Mevan and her parents fled Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. They traveled overland through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia and in 1994 … Continue reading “Cynical Politicians Want to Demonize Refugees, But Kindness Triumphs Over Hate”