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Children lose sleep over climate anxiety and Boris Johnson's paternity leave

FROM young people surveyed by Newsround revealing their climate anxiety, to Boris Johnson announcing he will "almost certainly" take paternity leave, these are the news headlines according to This Reporter on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

A survey for BBC Newsround has found that children are losing sleep over climate change and the environment. Two thousand children aged between eight and 16-years-old were given the opportunity to answer questions on climate anxiety. And the results overwhelmingly showed that most children  - four out of five - considered the problem of climate change important to them, while three out of five were worried about the impact climate change would have on them when they're older. One in five have even had a bad dream about it.
But when asked about the action being taken by grown-ups to tackle the problem, two in five don't trust adults to tackle the challenges and nearly two-thirds say leaders aren't listening enough to young people's views.
A fresh legal challenge to HS2 has been launched by the naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, arguing that the UK government's decision to approve the high-speed rail network failed to take account of its carbon emissions and climate impact.
Mr Packham and the law firm Leigh Day said the Oakervee review, whose advice to proceed with HS2 was followed by Boris Johnson last month, was "compromised, incomplete and flawed".
The crowdfunded legal challenge comes in the wake of a court of appeal ruling on Heathrow, which declared the government's planning statement allowing a third runway was unlawful for not referencing the Paris climate agreement.
Mr Packham said: "Every important policy decision should now have the future of our environment at the forefront of its considerations. But in regard to the HS2 rail project I believe our government has failed." The Department of Transport said it was considering the claim and would respond in due course.
Coronavirus, the latest distraction to getting important stuff done or, in the name of balance, the virus to wipe out us all, has sent the media into a tailspin this morning following the Prime Minister's official press conference.
Headlines include, from the Daily Mail, "Life on hold for three months" and "Expect 20 per cent of all workers to be off sick" from the Daily Telegraph. But what all news outlets are really talking about is the fact the Queen has been wearing gloves, of the extra long variety, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Tuesday). The media simply won't accept the official palace reassurance that the Queen's choice of attire was nothing to do with the Coronavirus and have run a series of pictures taken from previous investitures - which involve pinning medals onto lapels and shaking the hands of the public - declaring "look she's not wearing gloves in that one", "nor in that one", "and neither is she wearing gloves in that".
But This Reporter would like to throw in the curve ball that the Queen was simply making a fashion statement. Doesn't anyone remember the day she sat on the front row of Richard Quinn?
Meanwhile PM Boris Johnson has been trumpeting about how he has shaken the hands of many, many people since the COVID-19 outbreak. "I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were actually a few Coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everyone," he said.
And finally, whilst we are on the subject of the Prime Minister, he announced yesterday that he will "almost certainly" he taking two weeks paternity leave when his fiance Carrie Symonds gives birth in the summer.
This follows the announcement earlier in the week via Miss Symonds instagram that the pair had "a baby hatching", but also comes in the wake of criticism that Mr Johnson has thus far been what Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn termed a part-time prime minister. And some may well comment, that even Mr Johnson's response to the Coronavirus has been somewhat lacklustre after he put off an emergency meeting of Cobra until after the weekend.
Mr Johnson moved to reassure us yesterday that he would be regularly updating the public on the steps they should take, and would not necessary be jollying it up at a private villa, well stocked with bootleg hand sanitiser, whilst - ironically - the rest of the nation was left to die in a ditch.

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