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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Reincarnation, refugees and the green bubble

Can VR bring loved ones back from the dead? Could refugee camps cause a pandemic? And can BP reinvent itself for the green era?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Reincarnation

Technology reunited a bereaved mother with an avatar of her dead daughter in virtual reality this week in a documentary watched by millions in South Korea. Is technology making us grieve differently? And does it aid or inhibit mourning?

Refugees

This week the UN called for Greece to address dire conditions inside the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, where 20,000 refugees are living in makeshift shelters without access to health care. The camp is far over capacity, and many refugees are sick and malnourished. A doctor has warned the squalid conditions could lead to a deadly pandemic. How worried should we be? And what can be done to improve these asylum-seekers' access to basic human necessities while the Greek government and the EU more broadly find a solution to the massive application backlog?

The green bubble

Oil giant BP is the latest company to promise to cut its carbon emissions to zero. Is this yet more "greenwash"? Or is it a sign that times are changing – and that pressure from investors for action on climate change could in fact be creating a bubble in "green" companies?  

You can subscribe to The Week Unwrapped on the Global PlayerApple podcastsSoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts. It is produced by Sarah Myles and the music is by Tom Mawby.

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