Last week Boris Johnson took a one hour flight from London to the G7 summit in Cornwall, emitting well over 100 kg of carbon dioxide in the process. He’s a busy man, of course, so perhaps he couldn’t fit a train (about 14kg of CO2) into his schedule, though it is rather ironic that one of the main topics of discussion was climate change. It’s true that a single flight won’t radically alter the amount of carbon in the atmosphere – but what signal did it send to the rest of us?

Steve Westlake is investigating exactly this as part of his PhD. He’s finding that, although world leaders and celebrities may have an interest in pushing for technological solutions rather than personal action, they are seen as much more credible if they walk the talk on climate change – with implications for the potential success of their climate policies.

There have now been more than 100 million orders of the COVID vaccine developed by Sinopharm, a Chinese-state owned company. It might not be as effective as some other vaccines, says one researcher, but it’s still a key part of the global response. Plus we hear how the UK’s lockdown delay will affect music venues.

Will de Freitas

Environment + Energy Editor

Boris Johnson arrives at the 2019 G7 Summit in France. Dylan Martinez / PA

How world leaders’ high-carbon travel choices could delay climate action

Steve Westlake, Cardiff University

Research shows people don't take politicians seriously on climate change if they don't seem fully committed.

Khaled Elfiqi/EPA-EFE

Sinopharm COVID vaccine: the world needs to keep using it, even if it’s less effective than Pfizer

Michael Head, University of Southampton

Infections have been reported in people vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine, but these aren't necessarily unexpected.

The closed O2 Institute in Digbeth, Birmingham, which was due to re-open on 25 June, 2021. Nick Maslen/Alamy

Lockdown delay: how music venues will be impacted by uncertainty over relaxing restrictions

Patrycja Rozbicka, Aston University; Adam Behr, Newcastle University; Craig Hamilton, Birmingham City University

The restrictions that have hurt the live scene will remain for a little while longer, following Boris Johnson's announcement

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