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What the pandemic’s new normal looks like around the world, according to readers

What the pandemic’s new normal looks like around the world, according to readers

Across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has brought isolation, shut down travel and shown there are few places to hide from a virus that preys on impatience. But this time of extremis has also yielded unexpected moments of humanity, personal connections and insight about the world, say “Meanwhile” readers. Marcia, who in October moved from…MORE

‘Dire warning’ for the planet: Coal is powering the economic recovery

‘Dire warning’ for the planet: Coal is powering the economic recovery

Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to surge dangerously this year as the global economy undergoes a huge recovery. In a new report, the International Energy Agency estimates that carbon emissions from energy use are on track to spike by 1.5 billion tonnes in 2021, as heavy coal consumption in Asia, and in China in…MORE

Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale, former vice president under Jimmy Carter, dead at 93

Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale, former vice president under Jimmy Carter, dead at 93

Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale, who served as vice president under then-President Jimmy Carter before waging his own unsuccessful White House bid in 1984, has died, according to family spokesperson Kathy Tunheim. He was 93. Mondale died at home in downtown Minneapolis, Tunheim said, surrounded by family. “It is with profound sadness that we share news…MORE

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