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Brazil’s new President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) greets indigenous Brazilian leader and environmentalist Raoni Metuktire, known as Chief Raoni (3-R), and other community representatives after his inauguration ceremony on January 1, 2023. Sergio Lima/AFP

After Bolsonaro supporters’ siege in Brasilia, Lula must reunite society – and his approach could not be more different than his predecessor’s

More than a week into administration, Lula’s multicultural politics could not stand in starker contrast to Bolsonaro’s colourblind stance. Could they bring the country together?
The European Commission estimates that between 2021 and 2030, the energy sector at European level will need at least 175 billion euros per year. Pexels

Investments in green energy infrastructure: an (over)performance that will last?

A new study indicates that the supply of “green” assets has caught up with demand, leading to a relative decline in performance. The green premium is a reality, but may be temporary.
A UBS report placed Munich in the top four of its Global Real Estate Bubble Index locations for 2022. Shutterstock

Is the global housing market about to crash?

House prices are dipping fast in many areas of the world. Is this a normal stage in the market fluctuation, or the sign of an imminent crash?
France’s goalkeeper #01 Hugo Lloris (C) jumps for the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022. Jewel Samad/AFP

World Cup 2022: crunching 150 years of big data to predict the winner

After Brazil’s exit, who might be on course to win in 2022? Experts crunch 150 years of big data to predict the winner.
The UN’s 2022 “Transforming Education Summit” highlighted how staggering the need is for education in the world. Gaëll Mainguy/Learning Planet Institute

Mind the gaps: the world needs to radically transform its educational systems, not just upgrade them

At the Learning Planet Institute, an initiative launched with UNESCO, we’ve seen many programs that foster the ability and motivation to learn, act and lead for a better world.
5G can also be deployed in ‘private’ networks, but it is still very expensive. Solutions for both private and public networks. Nosyrevy/Shutterstock

How to make 5G less expensive

The deployment of 5G networks depends on the compatibility of the instruments and protocols of a handful of industry players.
As climate change accelerates, Farmers’ vulnerability to drought will depend on his choice of varieties and cropping practices. Raphael Belmin

From water conservation to crop selection, how farmers can take action against drought

As droughts intensify, how can we increase crop production in a sustainable way? This is a multidimensional scientific and societal challenge to ensure future food security.
Switzerland’s Great Aletsch Glacier is 23km long and located in the World Heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. It leads the list of glaciers in the European Alps in terms of length and size, yet since the mid-19th century, it has lost more than 25% of its volume. Jo in Riederalp/Wikipedia

Climate change must be a catalyst for reform of the World Heritage system

Rising temperatures and extreme weather pose an existential threat to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, but widespread discussion is needed for meaningful change.
A staff member from the Pesalat Reforestation Project on the island of Borneo replants trees in a peat-swamp forest area that was cleared by fires and logging. The areas are habitat for the orangutan, which is highly endangered. World Resources Institute

Forest restoration is on the rise, but how we go about it is crucial

As climate change worsens, it’s essential to restore our forests and ensure that the ones we plant are resilient. A global research network, the Tree Diversity Network, is working to make it happen.
Chiribiquete National Natural Park and the Serranía de la Lindosa buffer zone feature many flat-topped mountains known as Tepuyes. Unesco

In a Colombian national park, pictographs and pristine nature point the way toward a more hopeful future

Local communities and national authorities are working to develop sustainable tourism in Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Natural Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2018.
In the city of London, security cameras can even be found in cemeteries. In 2021 the mayor’s office launched an effort to establish guidelines for research around emerging technology. Acabashi/Wikimedia

Debate: How to stop our cities from being turned into AI jungles

As states and nations struggle to regulate growing AI use, municipal authorities are often leading the way. An emerging paradigm known as AI Localism can help us better define the way forward.
Respectively 60.6% and 62% of women in Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced at least one act of sexual violence in their life. IStock

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

More than 40% are victims of violence at least once in their lifetime, according to research. This is likely the tip of the iceberg.

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