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The sun sets over electric pylons along a solar farm near Weifang in eastern China’s Shandong province in March 2024. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Emotions may matter more than facts in shaping individual support for renewable energy, new study shows

Emotions help shape opinion on energy sources. Understanding this can allow us to design better zero-carbon policies.
A man walks past a person huddled on a curb in Barrie, Ont., in 2023. Canadians are growing increasingly pessimistic about the economy and finances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Drost

Canadians are feeling increasingly powerless amid economic struggles and rising inequality

The perception of a worsening cost of living, combined with seeing Canada as significantly more unequal, is creating a perfect storm for a deteriorating sense of control in everyday life.
The Titan submersible that imploded in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2023 while attempting to reach the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP, File)

Too soon? Titan or Titanic, people always make weird jokes about rich people’s tragedies

Humour plays a role in our collective memory of historical events, especially disasters. Public reactions to the Titan’s implosion were reminiscent of comments that followed the sinking of the Titanic.
A Village Festival, With a Theatrical Performance and a Procession in Honour of St Hubert and St Anthony. Brueghel, Pieter, the younger (c.1564-1637/8). The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

In 1614, a mother of eight put on a play about her cheating neighbour. The scandalous story changes what we know about women in theatre

Only a handful of plays written by women in the early modern period have survived. But the accounts of Alice Mustian’s raunchy stage show shed light on a surprising playwright and impresario.
A March 1593 letter from England’s Queen Elizabeth I to King James VI of Scotland, where she acknowledges his “cumber [i.e., trouble] to read such scribbed lines.” (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Think tech killed penmanship? Messy handwriting was a problem centuries before smartphones

While the rise of smartphones and typing impacts handwriting, bad penmanship is far from a new phenomenon. People have struggled to read each other’s handwriting for centuries.
Moving away from intensive farming practices comes with many benefits. Nikada

Farming with a mixture of crops, animals and trees is better for the environment and for people – evidence from Ghana and Malawi

Transitions to diversified farming systems in Africa will require financial support. But barriers can be overcome.
Thousands pray at the funeral service for the four victims of the deadly vehicle attack on members of the Canadian Muslim community in London, Ont., in June 2021. The man orginally charged with murder in the case had the charges upgraded to terrorism and was convicted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Is Canada finally taking far-right extremism seriously? Latest arrests are a positive sign

Historically, Canadian police have disproportionately targeted Muslim communities in counter-terrorism efforts, while far-right extremists received comparatively scant scrutiny. Is that changing?
A man and a boy walk across the almost-dried river bed of the River Yamuna following hot weather in New Delhi, India, in May 2022. Northern India is again in the grips of an unprecedented heatwave. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Here’s how climate social scientists are finding their way in the era of climate crisis

Focusing on despair is unhelpful and may even prevent climate action. Insights from climate social scientists can help navigate the doom and gloom.
Demonstrators rally near the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan in April 2019. Protests led by neighbourhood resistance committees and the Sudanese Professionals Association - an umbrella group of unions - forced President Omar al-Bashir from power on April 11, 2019. AP Photo/Salih Basheer, File

As war rages in Sudan, community resistance groups sustain life

In Sudan, amid a growing humanitarian crisis caused by a year-long and ongoing war, neighbourhood organizations have stepped in as first responders, and to lead the call for peace.
We have a responsibility to interrogate EdTech and surveillance companies’ claims of offering technological solutions to complex social problems. (Shutterstock)

Vaping in schools: Ontario’s $30 million for surveillance and security won’t address student needs

In an underfunded education system, in a context of deteriorating public supports, we are turning toward intrusive technologies to contain and control the social pain of young people.
A man stands next to a poster of the movie ‘Article 370’ displayed at a theater in Guwahati, India. The movie is about the status of Jammu and Kashmir, a highly contested region in Northern India, and the film has been criticized for distorting history. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

In India, film and social media play recurring roles in politics

On today’s Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast, political scientist Sikata Banerjee and cinema studies scholar Rakesh Sengupta explain how cinema and social media in India may be helping to sway voters.
Les impacts des changements climatiques dans les communautés s’accentuent et tendent à accroitre les inégalités associées. La Presse canadienne/Graham Hughes

Il faut éviter que la lutte contre la crise climatique ne creuse davantage les inégalités

La transition écologique peut parfois se faire au détriment des communautés marginalisées. Toute démarche d’action climatique doit donc prendre en compte les enjeux d’équité et de justice.
Enshrining and enforcing the status of a ‘protected class’ for children engaged in athletic work would be a major step toward achieving children’s rights in sport. (Shutterstock)

With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport

With the Paris Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child approaching, now is the ideal time to focus on protecting the rights of child athletes.

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