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Mass evacuations in response to natural disasters like Hurricane Maria are a logistical challenge, but also face psychological barriers to residents being willing and able to leave. EPA

Psychology holds key to getting people out before disaster strikes

Promoting individual resilience will contribute to reductions in disaster threats for at-risk communities globally.
Tourists visit the Great Wall of China.The problem of racism in the country is bigger than that of Afrophobia. Reuters/Stringer

Of washing powder, Afrophobia and racism in China

Although ‘race’ as a biological category was discredited long ago, racial thinking or racialism is still common in China.
Some UN peacekeepers stand accused of sexual offences against children in the Central African Republic. An overhaul of the UN’s peacekeeping operations is needed to tackle the problem. Reuters/Media Coulibaly

Why the UN isn’t winning its battle against sexual abuse by peacekeepers

A UN report has found that in half of 12 country studies done on child sexual exploitation during armed conflict, the arrival of peacekeeping troops resulted in a rapid rise in child prostitution.
La diplomatie climatique réunit Xi Jinping, le président chinois, et Barack Obama, le président nord-américain, le 25 septembre dernier à Washington. Jim Watson/AFP

La Chine veut mettre sur pied le plus grand marché du carbone au monde

Le président chinois s’est engagé à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de son pays, en œuvrant pour la mise en place d’un immense marché du carbone testé depuis 2013.
Climate diplomacy: in a another joint announcement from the US and China, president Xi Jinping committed to an emissions trading scheme in 2017. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Too big to fail: China pledges to set up landmark emissions trading scheme

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a landmark commitment on climate change, pledging to launch what will become the world's largest and most important emissions trading scheme when it begins in 2017.
Cyclone Pam struck the developing island nation of Vanuatu in March 2015. Poorer nations are more exposed to environmental dangers so are more concerned about impacts that might increase the risk. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Wealthy nations overlook the dangers of climate change

Who cares more about environmental issues: people in rich countries, or not-so-rich countries? A survey suggests it's those in poorer places who are more vulnerable to issues like climate change.
Affordable housing in China is usually clustered into fenced housing estates of 1000 to 4000 dwelling units. Rebecca L.H. Chiu

China plans 36 million affordable homes: lessons for Australia

The sudden dismissal of Australia’s National Housing Supply Council last month suggests we may be entering a new housing policy vacuum. This is bad news for aspiring first home buyers, whose numbers have…

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