Listening to science is a lot easier for politicians when behind-the-scenes intermediaries are there to help.
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Before new policy can be based on evidence, decision-makers need to understand the relevant research. Intermediaries between scientists and policymakers translate information and build relationships.
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Join a major event aimed at addressing the pandemic’s social impacts.
Joe Biden has signed dozens of executive orders during his first 100 days in office, many of them reversing Trump-era policies.
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Since the Roosevelt administration, it’s become standard to look for accomplishments in a presidency’s early months.
Annie Storey holds a cross with a photo of her late son Alex Storey, before a march to mark the five-year anniversary of British Columbia declaring a public health emergency in the overdose crisis, in Vancouver, on April 14, 2021.
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Across the country, overdose deaths have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russia has been beefing up its Arctic icebreaker fleet to take advantage of the changing climate.
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Russia is attempting to claim more of the Arctic seabed, an area rich in oil, gas and minerals. It’s also expanding shipping and reopening Arctic bases. Here are two things the U.S. can do about it.
With the pandemic, pathways to permanent residence have been disrupted.
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The system turns employers into immigration enforcement officers and generates a population of people without status who live and work in Canada without a clear path to security of presence or livelihood.
Gold is key to the economic survival of millions of Ghanaians.
The devolution of small-scale mining decisions to municipal and district assemblies working in collaboration with traditional authorities is key to saving the industry in Ghana.
Incidents of road accidents are on the rise in Ghana.
Authority culpability as a facet of road accidents has been overlooked in Ghana.
IPPO will be assessing the evidence on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) seeks to mitigate the social impacts of COVID-19.
The use of coal for electric power has been declining fast in the U.S.
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Contrary to popular belief, falling natural gas prices didn’t significantly accelerate coal power plant retirements. Here’s what did.
As technology - and the data that drives it - becomes more integral in education, policies will need to shift.
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Data underlies the kinds of applications that are proposed for use in the country’s education system.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021.
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A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
Many of the resolutions and executive orders Trump signed early in his administration reversed Obama-era decisions involving the fossil fuels industry.
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The Trump administration used this shortcut liberally in 2017, but its potential pitfalls and impact raise a question: Should Congress repeal it?
Growing poverty and unemployment have seen shacklands mushroom in post-apartheid South Africa.
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The country still has a way to go in addressing the challenges of social inequity. But there has been some progress in every sphere of government.
In a year tied for the warmest on record globally, the U.S. was hit with costly hurricanes, wildfires, storms and drought.
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NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
A recent Manitoba study documented the shocking use of restraints and seclusion of children with disabilities in schools.
The use of restraints and seclusion in schools for children with disabilities is a human rights problem that needs redress through greater accountability.
Even if every country meets its commitments, the world will still be on track to warm by more than 3 degrees Celsius this century, a new UNEP report shows.
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Bold visions for slowing global warming have emerged from all over the world. What’s not clear is how countries will meet them.
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Outgoing Chief Scientist Alan Finkel leaves a legacy of closer ties between policy makers and scientific experts.
The next administration will need to carefully weigh the economic, social and environmental impacts of both climate change and the policy responses.
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After four years of the US government undoing climate change policies and partnerships, a Biden administration has a chance to rebuild that leadership. But success will require more than quick wins.
Pick a political flavour: a Christchurch ice cream shop named its offerings after the party leaders during the 2020 campaign.
It was a campaign like no other, and while there were missed opportunities and lapses of judgement, the fact New Zealanders are voting in a safe and fair election is reason enough to celebrate.