The Week Unwrapped: Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150
How are oil shareholders changing the climate debate? Is Copenhagen a US stooge? And could we really double human lifespans?
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:
Fossil fuel revolt
The giant oil company Exxon Mobil was dealt a big blow by a tiny hedge fund last week, when it replaced two board members in a bid to force the company’s leadership to face up to the issue of climate change. The move was more than just a symbolic protest: the fund managers say Exxon is risking financial as well as ethical consequences of failing to act. And that wasn’t the only blow for fossil fuels in the past week.
Denmark’s national intelligence agency has been caught red-handed helping the US National Security Agency snoop on high profile European figures, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The disclosure is the latest fallout of former NSA contractor Edward Snowdon's earth-shattering 2013 leaks. But as revelations continue to surface, what does it say about the relationship between international allies? And does it suggest spooks are getting less able to hide their sleuthing?
Living life to the full
A study released this week suggests that humans could live to the age of 150 - almost double our current life expectancy. The report generated equal measures of enthusiasm, incredulity and horror. But what would be the implications of such a long life? Could we cope with it, either financially or psychologically?