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Slow Views

The president that should have been

Colin Powell spent much of 1995 agonising over whether to run for the White House. He represented a moderate, inclusive American conservatism that is now desperately needed but hard to imagine – because he didn’t run.


Kicking coal

Reaching net zero means Asia needs to end its dependency on coal. To understand the challenge ahead, we’ve mapped the data over the last 50 years.


Filming the unfilmable

For over half a century, Frank Herbert’s Dune has defeated film-makers. Denis Villeneuve’s new adaptation finally does the novel justice.

Slow Views

Lessons for democracy

Sebastian Kurz resigned as Austria’s chancellor earlier this month, but his tenure has shown how fragile supposedly stable democracies truly are.


Join us at Cop 26

Explore our programme of events, and book your place at a Cop 26 ThinkIn – either digitally or in-person in Glasgow – now.

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Vaccine mandates

22 october 2021
  • Human remains found in a Florida environmental park were confirmed to be those of Brian Laundrie, the missing fiancé of the murdered blogger Gabby Petito. 
  • The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for “preliminary investigations” after cancelling a trip to Northern Ireland.
  • The actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the movie set of Rust that killed his director of photography and injured his director, according to a law enforcement statement seen by CNN.

Most people would get two doses of a Covid jab for free, but Nick Rolovich couldn’t be tempted for $3.1 million. That was his salary as American football coach at Washington State University before he was fired on Monday after refusing to be vaccinated against Covid. Rolovich, the highest paid public official in Washington, defied a mandate requiring state workers to get jabbed. 


We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

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We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.



covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

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We use infographics, absorbing audio and stunning photography to make complex stories clear and enjoyable.