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COP26: New Zealand depends on robust new rules for global carbon trading to meets its climate pledge

By Nathan Cooper Et Al

As the COP26 climate summit draws to a close, debate continues on one key issue in particular: a new rule book for global carbon trading to allow countries to purchase emissions reductions from overseas to count towards...

Marketing is getting in the way of markets that could get us to net-zero

By Richard Holden

This week the prime minister entered full marketing mode. Scott Morrisons topic was climate change and his plans to get to net-zero. At the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, he tried out a few...

A new era of planetary exploration: what we discovered on the far side of the Moon

By Iraklis Giannakis

Seven months after it was launched, the US robotic rover Perseverance successfully landed on Mars on February 18 2021. The landing was part of the mission Mars2020 and was viewed live by millions of people worldwide,...

Corruption: how the UK compares to other countries

By Daniel Hough

Corruption allegations have been flowing freely in the UK of late. To cherry-pick just some, an MP has resigned over his apparent conflicts of interest, a former attorney general has had his external business practices...

The publishers who made Shakespeare a global phenomenon

By Andrew Murphy

Walk into any decent bookshop today in search of Shakespeares plays and youre sure to find at least one. And even if you cant find what youre looking for on the bookshelves, there is always the internet, where a great...

Belarus: whether or not Putin is behind the border crisis, it plays into Kremlin hands

By Liana Semchuk

The migrant crisis on Belaruss western border has escalated rapidly in recent days, forcing Poland and Lithuania to declare a state of emergency and close the borders with their neighbour. With 15,000 Polish border...

Embodied carbon: why truly net zero buildings could still be decades away

By Ljubomir Jankovic

Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions come from two sources: using things (known as operational emissions) and making things (embodied emissions). For a familiar example of the first kind, your home probably burns natural gas for...

Here's how to convince CEOs to support government climate action at the expense of their own profits

By Matt Gitsham Et Al

There is now widespread consensus that limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5℃ requires fundamental changes in sectors like energy, food, transport, construction and finance towards more environmentally friendly...

Eric Zemmour: Jewish heritage is a useful tool for the French far right

By Hannah Rose

French commentator Eric Zemmour has risen to political notoriety off the back of anti-Muslim hatred and anti-migrant incitement before even officially announcing his candidacy in the 2022 French presidential...

Indonesia's capital Jakarta is sinking. Here's how to stop this

By Edvin Aldrian

As Indonesias capital and most populous megacity, Jakarta needs rapid solutions to tackle the problems of land subsidence and sea-level rise. A recent study by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) stated...

Technology-enabled abuse: how 'safety by design' can reduce stalking and domestic violence

By Bridget Harris

Mobile phones and online technologies are frequently used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence to coerce, control and restrict the freedoms of victims and survivors. Recent death reviews have found that...

The Moon's top layer alone has enough oxygen to sustain 8 billion people for 100,000 years

By John Grant2

Alongside advances in space exploration, weve recently seen much time and money invested into technologies that could allow effective space resource utilisation. And at the forefront of these efforts has been a laser-sharp...

Olympic Games are great for propagandists – how the lessons of Hitler's Olympics loom over Beijing 2022

By Michael J. Socolow

On the morning of Aug. 14, 1936, two NBC employees met for breakfast at a café in Berlin. Max Jordan and Bill Slater were discussing the Olympic Games they were broadcasting back to the United States and the Nazi...

How metacognition — thinking about thinking — can improve the mental-health crisis

By Brendan Conway-Smith

In these times of virtual meet-ups, negative news overload and widespread uncertainty, its fair to say it has been a tough time for our brains. If youve been feeling mentally subpar, you may be floating around the edges or...

Consulting firms are the 'shadow public service' managing the response to COVID-19

By Chris Hurl Et Al

In March 2020, as governments were implementing lockdown mandates at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consulting firm McKinsey made a call to someone in the Ontario premiers office. Soon after, the firm was put in...

Why nitrates and nitrites in processed meats are harmful – but those in vegetables aren’t

By Richard Hoffman

Many of us know that we should steer away from processed meats and eat more vegetables if we want to be healthier and lower our chances of developing certain types of cancers. While there are many reasons processed meats...

Big business and climate change: finally, sustainability pays

By Craig Anderson1

One thing becoming clear during the debate over how to respond to climate change is that prioritising profit at the expense of the environment, or disregarding the social consequences, is not just morally unacceptable, it...

Myths and truths around South Africa’s recent renewable energy auction

By Wikus Kruger

South Africas department of mineral resources and energy recently announced its choice of companies to build and operate a new batch of renewable energy projects. This is part of a programme in which the government invites...

Should Elon Musk try to solve the problem of world hunger with $6 billion? 5 questions answered

By Jessica Eise

Elon Musk hinted on Oct. 31, 2021, perhaps jokingly, that he might be willing to donate US$6 billion of his fortune to pay for hunger relief. But there was a catch: The United Nations would have to prove that it can solve...

Investors who trust ESG funds for a positive impact have a crucial blind spot, and it puts the $35 trillion industry's promises in doubt

By Tinglong Dai Et Al

If you own stocks, chances are good you have heard the term ESG. It stands for environmental, social and governance, and its a way to laud corporate leaders who take sustainability including climate change and social...

Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill

By Ana Maria Dimand

The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021. The bill puts about US$240 billion toward building or rebuilding roads, bridges,...

Why the era of cheap money is finally ending

By John Whittaker

The Bank of England was widely expected to slightly increase its official bank rate on November 4, but it decided to stick to the all-time low of 0.1%. However, the bank has made it clear that a rise will soon be needed,...

Protesting during a pandemic: New Zealand's balancing act between a long tradition of protests and COVID rules

By Alexander Gillespie Et Al

Several times this week, protesters have forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon events aimed to support the COVID vaccination rollout. Over the past few weeks, thousands have gathered, in breach of COVID...

Supreme Court appears to suggest right to guns at home extends to carrying them in public too

By Morgan Marietta

Faced with the question does the constitutional right to possess a gun extend outside the home? the majority of the Supreme Court appears to be heading toward the answer yes. On Nov. 3, 2012, justices heard oral...

Lessons from the Virginia governor's race: Make your best case

By Mary Kate Cary

I teach political speech writing. My students know that earlier this year I served on a committee that wrote the University of Virginias statement on free speech and free inquiry, which stated that All views, beliefs, and...

Why the Taliban must be held accountable for past atrocities

By Latifa Jafari Alavi

In August, after Taliban rapidly swept to power in Afghanistan, its fighters executed 13 people from the Hazara minority in Daikundi province, where I was born. Amnesty International has said these extrajudicial killings...

Students are told not to use Wikipedia for research. But it's a trustworthy source

By Rachel Cunneen Et Al

At the start of each university year, we ask first-year students a question: how many have been told by their secondary teachers not to use Wikipedia? Without fail, nearly every hand shoots up. Wikipedia offers free and...

Borrowing from King Solomon, economists are getting closer to working out how good leaders can make good decisions

By Richard Holden

Heres a story from the Bible. As far as I know, its the first reported instance of the branch of economics known as implementation theory. Its from the First Book of Kings, Chapter 3, starting at Verse 16. Two women...

Metaverse: how Facebook rebrand reflects a dangerous trend in growing power of tech monopolies

By Peter Bloom

Facebooks rebranding as Meta has been seen by many as the companys latest attempt at corporate crisis control. The social media giant has been publicly attacked for creating an environment that fosters far-right extremism...

A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted

By Rob MacKenzie Et Al

More than 150 years ago Victorian biologist Charles Darwin made a powerful observation: that a mixture of species planted together often grow more strongly than species planted individually. It has taken a century and a...

COP26: a letter to a school striker from 'the physicist behind net zero'

By Myles Allen

Dear school striker, Well done on all you are doing you seem to have made more impact on the climate issue in the past couple of years than Ive managed in the previous three decades working away on it, and Ive been...

COP26: here's what it would take to end coal power worldwide

By Alex Clark

More than 40 countries have signed an agreement at COP26, the latest UN climate change summit in Glasgow, to phase out coal in electricity generation. The signatories include some of the worlds biggest coal burners:...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: world leaders risk renewed violence if the country breaks apart

By Iva Vukušić

A quarter of a century since the end of the Bosnian war, Bosnia and Herzegovina is in a perilous position. People who live there are worried. After all, in the conflict that engulfed the country between 1992 and 1995, more...

The seven steps South Africa is taking to get it closer to eliminating malaria

By Jaishree Raman Et Al

There were dire warnings that malaria cases would surge across Africa after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic in early March 2020. Many felt that the already...

Fuel subsidies in Nigeria: they're bad for the economy, but the lifeblood of politicians

By Stephen Onyeiwu

Nigeria, Africas biggest oil producer, has come under fire from the International Monetary Fund as well as World Bank for the heavy financial burden it carries in providing subsidies for fuel and kerosene. The criticism is...

South Africa's ANC dips below 50%. But opposition parties fail to pick up the slack

By Keith Gottschalk

South Africas 2021 local government elections were momentous. They mark the first time that the now ruling party and erstwhile liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC), slipped below the 50% milestone of...

Metaverse: five things to know – and what it could mean for you

By Steve Benford

In the wake of Facebook rebranding as Meta, reflecting its focus on the metaverse, Microsoft has now announced it, too, will launch into this space. Meta has proposed that the metaverse will eventually allow us to...

Artificial intelligence is getting better at writing, and universities should worry about plagiarism

By Michael Mindzak Et Al

The dramatic rise of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has spotlit concerns about the role of technology in exam surveillance and also in student cheating. Some universities have reported more cheating...

Climate clock reset shows the world is one year closer to 1.5 C warming threshold

By H. Damon Matthews Et Al

Global carbon dioxide emissions are expected to increase to almost 2019 levels this year, upending last years unprecedented drop caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. This means that emissions are trending upwards again, when they...

Industrial policy paved the way for Dangote's empire. Why it didn't deliver for all Nigerians

By Richard Itaman Et Al

Dangote Industries Limited dominates the Nigerian cement market and is a key player in the rapidly expanding African cement business. The conglomerate has also expanded its manufacturing activities in a range of food...

New study shows that normal breathing is a major spreader of TB

By Ryan Dinkele

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease transmitted via droplet aerosols. Humans constantly produce aerosols, even during normal breathing. Since Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified as the causative agent of TB,...

Citizen-government coalitions could hold the key to the reform of African cities

By Diana Mitlin

Cities across Africa are growing at an astonishing rate. All 20 of Africas fastest growing cities have experienced average growth rates of more than 6% over the last decade. Gwagwalada, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria,...

Young Nigerians turned to Twitter on the night of the Lekki shootings: what that tells us

By Tamar Dambo

Mobile messaging services have become influential in recent times in reshaping social movements. They make it cheaper and quicker for protesters to mobilise resources. They also circumvent conventional communication...

A comedian always in search of 'a good ending', Bert Newton has died at 83

By Liz Giuffre

Bert Newton has died at 83. An icon of Australian broadcasting, he is remembered as a master performer and comedian, with successful roles on radio, television and the theatre. He is survived by his wife Patti, children...

How to meet America’s climate goals: 5 policies for Biden’s next climate bill

By Kelly Sims Gallagher

President Joe Bidens new climate strategy, announced after his original plan crumbled under opposition in Congress, will represent a historic investment in clean energy technology and infrastructure if it is enacted. But...

The FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

By Debbie-Ann Shirley

Children under 12 in the United States will soon have one more layer of protection to keep them safe from COVID-19. On Oct. 29, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech...

Why taxing US billionaires’ wealth – as Biden tried to do – will never work

By Beverly Moran

The speed with which a tax on billionaires came and went as a means to pay for President Joe Bidens economic agenda shows why its so hard to tax wealth in the U.S. Democrats unveiled their proposal on Oct. 27, 2021, and...

We mapped every large solar plant on the planet using satellites and machine learning

By Lucas Kruitwagen

An astonishing 82% decrease in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy since 2010 has given the world a fighting chance to build a zero-emissions energy system which might be less costly than the fossil-fuelled system...

Ice stupas: the artificial mini glaciers bringing water to some of the driest, coldest places on Earth

By Matteo Spagnolo

Glaciers are not just spectacular indicators of climate change as they shrink and disappear due to global warming. They are also, for many communities, an irreplaceable source of fresh water. During the melting season...

Sewage pollution: our research reveals the scale of England's growing problem

By Sarah Purnell Et Al

The UK has around 1,500 individual river systems, totalling over 200,000km in length. Its common for sewers here to accept both untreated human waste and rain water in a combined system. Water and sewerage companies are...

What is Bitcoin's fundamental value?

As it hits new highs, there is no shortage of bold predictions about Bitcoin reaching US$100,000 or more. Often these are based on not much more than extrapolations by people with vested interests: the price has gone up...

As the world moves away from fossil fuels, Canada's energy security may be at risk

By Noha Razek - 07:37 AM| Economy

Oil and gas prices plummeted in 2020. In March, before the World Health Organization had declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Russia and Saudi Arabia, two of the worlds largest oil producers, set off a market-share war that sent...

Why are prices so high? Blame the supply chain

By Craig Austin - 07:42 AM| Economy

Consumer prices soared in October and are now up 6.2% from a year earlier higher than most economists estimates and the fastest increase in more than three decades. At this point, that may be no surprise to most...

Global Geopolitics Series

Trade war looms over article 16: the Northern Ireland protocol safeguard, explained

By Carlo Petrucci - 07:49 AM| Economy

David Frost, the UK Brexit minister, has expressed discontent with the implementation of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol. This is the trade arrangement at the heart of controversies over trade between the EU, Great...

Top Stories

FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

By Christi van der Westhuizen - 07:40 AM| Insights & Views Politics

Few recent historical figures in South Africa provoke more divergent views than Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk. He was president of the country from 1989 to 1994. Some will remember him as the last white South African...

We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we're training AI chatbots to do the same

By David Ireland Et Al - 07:34 AM| Technology

While the art of conversation in machines is limited, there are improvements with every iteration. As machines are developed to navigate complex conversations, there will be technical and ethical challenges in how they...

Google loses appeal against €2.4 billion fine: tech giants might now have to re-think their entire business models

By Renaud Foucart - 07:45 AM| Technology

Google is being fined 2.4 billion (2.1 billion) for hindering competition in the EU after a 2017 decision has been upheld on appeal by the general court of the European Union. This is a saga dating back over 15 years, in...

Climate Change Series

We can't afford to just build greener. We must build less

By Johannes Novy - 07:47 AM| Insights & Views Nature

As the built environment takes centre stage at COP26, the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and of the industrys responsibility to address it comes into focus. A recent report from the UNs Global Alliance for...

AI shop assistants: get ready for a world where you can't tell humans and chatbots apart

By Shweta Singh - 07:55 AM| Technology

I regularly fly with KLM from Minneapolis to New Delhi, and always stop over in Amsterdam. I am frequently in Minneapolis for research and this is my route to go home to take a break from work. I have done the journey so...

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Economy

Celtics' Freedom willing to educate Lebron James on using Nike, China issues

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom said he is willing to speak with LeBron James about the criticisms he made on the latter for his sponsorship deal with Nike and silence on Chinas human rights issues. Freedom...

Burger King to simplify drive-thru menu to speed up lines

Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, will cut some Burger King menu items to make their drive-thrus operate more quickly. According to Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands, the company noticed Burger...

Rick Bayless, Smashburger collaborate to launch Chorizo Cheeseburger

Smashburger and Rick Bayless have teamed up to create a new delectable burger sandwich. The American chef and restaurateur and the fast-casual hamburger restaurant chain headquartered in Denver, Colorado, launched the...

McDonald's Ireland recalls popular product over food safety issue

McDonalds Ireland recently issued an urgent recall on one of its well-known food products. The fast-food giant warned its customers that there is an undeclared ingredient that could not be safe for some...

Walmart: Brett Biggs to step down as chief financial officer of the company

Walmart will be letting go of one of its executives that have been with the company for more than two decades now. It was reported that Brett Biggs, the current chief financial officer, is leaving and this was already...

Politics

Capitol riots: Donald Trump revealed to have called insurrectionists hours before Jan. 6 riots

Former President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time by the House for inciting the Capitol insurrection. More details have recently surfaced, further indicating the former presidents role in the violence. The...

Jill Biden unveils White House Christmas decorations

This year marks Dr. Jill Bidens first Christmas as the nations first lady as the White House recently unveiled this years Christmas decorations. Dr. Biden also unveiled the theme for this years set of Christmas...

Joe Biden hosts CEOs of major retailers at White House to discuss supply chain issues

With the holidays approaching, the world is also facing supply chain issues in the midst of many looking to do their shopping at this time. In an effort to address the issues, US President Joe Biden held a meeting at the...

Donald Trump reportedly looking through potential 2024 running mates

There is a lot of speculation that former President Donald Trump is set on launching another presidential bid following his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 elections. A recent report reveals that the former president is...

Kamala Harris to hold first meeting with National Space Council this week

US Vice President Kamala Harris is also the chair of the countrys National Space Council that is set to hold a meeting this week. This is also the first meeting of the National Space Council, with her as the chair. The...

Science

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Half of world's seabirds ingest plastic additives :study

An international team of researchers estimates that about half of the worlds seabirds have ingested plastic additives after studying 145 seafowls of 32 species from 16 areas of the world. Plastic chemicals such as...

Study shows plant-based meat has 'excessive' salt content

A UK-based lobby group found the salt content of plant-based meat products unnecessarily high, with over 75 percent of the products surveyed failing to meet the UK governments salt reduction targets. The researchers...

S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe

The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns. The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments...

S. Korean scientists develop hydrogen fuel engines strong enough to power industrial drones

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a 5-kilowatt hydrogen fuel engine that is strong enough to power industrial lift drones with a weight of 20 to 30 kilograms. The engine supplies hydrogen fuel...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific’ is getting 15 drop zones in the new map Caldera

Next week is going to be huge for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone players as it is when the integration of the free-to-play and paid multiplayer games will start to take shape. One of the highlights of the upcoming...

Valve doesn’t plan on introducing Steam Deck-only games

Valve is the next video game company to release its gaming hardware, the Steam Deck. And Valve has already clarified it is not planning on making Steam Deck exclusive games. Video games exclusivity to certain platforms...

Twitch uses machine learning tool to detect channel ban evaders

Twitch launched a new safety-focused tool that leverages machine learning to identify users trying to evade channel-wide bans. This appears to be part of the Amazon-owned streaming platforms effort to address widespread...

iPhone SE 3 will reportedly launch in Q1 2022

Apple skipped the mid-range smartphone market this year, but things are reportedly going to change in 2022. The tech giant is rumored to announce the iPhone SE 3 in the early part of the year. The company has wrapped up...

‘Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker’ devs warn of server congestion at launch

The highly anticipated Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker expansion is finally just days away, and its launch is even closer for those with early access privileges. However, Square Enix issued an important warning ahead of the...
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