shutterstock. Carolyn Roberts, Keele University The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have been true for the famously pristine marble monument, a mixture of pollution and poor management has now burdened...
Vadim Sadovski / shutterstock Richard Betts, University of Exeter A new scientific paper proposing a scenario of unstoppable climate change has gone viral, thanks to its evocative description of a “Hothouse Earth”. Much of the media coverage suggests that we face an imminent and unavoidable extreme climate catastrophe. But as a...
Shutterstock Sharon Fonn, University of the Witwatersrand After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa’s Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country’s private health care market. The Conversation Africa spoke to Sharon Fonn, who was on the panel of experts,...
By Soila Apparicio, Climate Home News Liberia is about to join 178 other parties in ratifying the Paris Agreement, after its senate voted in June to approve the deal. The west African nation will soon finalise the ratification process at the UN headquarters in New York, according to a government official. There...
African women do a lot of unpaid work that isn’t captured in GDP calculations. Rafal Cichawa/Shutterstock Luke Messac, University of Pennsylvania It’s been nearly 80 years since British economists James Meade and Richard Stone devised a method of national income accounting that would become the global standard. Today, we call it a...
By Ashvina Patel Ameena (a pseudonym) is a 25-year-old Rohingya refugee in New Delhi, India, who is seven months pregnant with twins. Her face is gaunt. Often there isn’t enough food at home for her family of five. Nestled among other shanty houses, her home is made of bamboo with...
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology President Donald Trump recently slapped tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum, prompting significant concern and discussion about the wisdom of this action. As an economist who shares some of those concerns, I believe it’s important to first...
Jacqueline Weyer, National Institute for Communicable Diseases In the last four months five cases of rabies in humans have been reported in South Africa, and an additional two cases are probable. The country’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases warns that steps need to be taken to curb the trend. The...
Noortje Uphoff, University of York Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents work in government-funded jobs. According to new research from...
People in the U.S. and the Caribbean share vulnerability to climate change-related disasters, but only in the Caribbean is the public truly worried. Why? US Navy, CC BY-SA Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University and Claire Q. Evans, Vanderbilt University During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of...

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