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3 reasons to study science communication beyond the West

All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

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All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

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9 Sep 2019

How we discovered the climate problem

By connecting climate change to its material impact on the world, scientists have transformed an observation into a policy problem.

29 Aug 2019

We asked dads in STEM: how do you manage parenthood AND a career?

How often are fathers asked to justify having both a family AND a career?

12 Aug 2019

UN climate change report: land clearing and farming contribute a third of the world's greenhouse gases

We can’t achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without managing emissions from land use, according to the IPCC.

12 Aug 2019

If we want liveable cities in 2060 we'll have to work together to transform urban systems

But what will the liveability of our cities be like in 40 years’ time?

29 Jul 2019

There's a simple way to drought-proof a town – build more water storage

Available water supply is not only determined by rainfall. It also depends on water storage.

15 Jul 2019

Arctic ice loss is worrying, but the giant stirring in the South could be even worse

There are worrying signs Antarctica is changing faster than expected and in places previously thought to be protected from rapid change.

8 Jul 2019

Time will tell if this is a record summer for Greenland ice melt, but the pattern over the past 20 years is clear

No part of the planet is free from the impacts of human-caused climate change. But Greenland is experiencing the impacts particularly severely.

1 Jul 2019

Academia can help humans and large carnivores coexist

Conventional conservation approaches are unlikely to lead to effective coexistence between humans and large carnivores in human-dominated landscapes.

24 Jun 2019

Curious cases of chemical cross-kingdom communication

The idea of being able to send instructions to organisms in different kingdoms is fascinating.

19 Jun 2019

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

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