The Zika virus foreshadows our climate future
I’ve spent much of my life chronicling the ongoing tragedies stemming from global warming: the floods and droughts and storms, the failed harvests and forced migrations. But no single item on the list seems any more horrible than the emerging news from South America about the newly prominent Zika disease.
Zika and the New Climate Dystopia
Human Hothouse as Disease Multiplier: authorities in Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, El Salvador and Venezuela were urging women to avoid getting pregnant… It is unthinkable: the absolute core of a dystopian future. Microcephaly among infants is terrifying. Its impact strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a human being.
More holes than fingers? Beijing struggles to plug capital flight
The risk for policymakers is that so much money will exit China it will undo their efforts to reinvigorate flagging productive investment. In graphs and numbers, Li’s slideshow ran through some of the reasons why many are sceptical that the wobbly economy is turning around soon: an aging society, slowing growth, and the slide of the yuan against the dollar.
Trudeau launches Canada into a radically new approach to Indigenous affairs
During the 2015 election campaign, Trudeau made major Indigenous policy commitments. More than C$3 billion in new funding was promised for Indigenous education, infrastructure and post-secondary support for Indigenous students.
Plastics Will Soon Outweigh Fish in World’s Oceans
Plastics production will account for 20% of oil consumption and 15% of the global annual carbon budget by 2050.
Which European countries have produced the most ISIS fighters?
About a fifth of all foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria now come from Western Europe. Belgium, for example has more citizens fighting in Iraq and Syria per capita than any other European country
Australia’s Dark Secrets and Dishonest Politics
Is Australia a version of apartheid South Africa? Ask a black South African who has looked behind the facades. No country since apartheid South Africa has been more condemned by the UN for its racism than Australia.
The Storm That Will Unfreeze the North Pole
Warm Arctic storms set to unfreeze the North Pole — That’s 55F above normal for January
Australian coalmines are one of riskiest investments in the world
Australian, Chinese and US coal-fired power stations are the most vulnerable to environmental dangers
Australia drops 10 spots in Greg Hunt’s most trusted climate rankings
Environment minister has described Yale’s environmental performance index as ‘the most credible in the world’ but Australia performs badly in latest ratings leaving only Saudi Arabia with a worse ranking among wealthy nations.
15 economic milestones which have led to the current eurozone crisis
the seeds of the current eurozone woes were first sown as far back as three decades ago.
India ranks 76 in Corruption Perception Index
See map: many “clean” countries – Denmark Finland, Sweden, Norway and Netherlands have “dodgy records elsewhere”.
The men in the middle
Two young, charismatic leaders in Israel and Turkey are taking on right-wing governments and trying to transform their countries’ politics. Can they change the Middle East without firing a shot?