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The quest to save the banana from extinction
To understand how we got here, we need to take a look back at the history of the banana, and in particular the middle of the last century, when a crisis that had been growing for decades was threatening to bring down whole economies and leave thousands destitute.
EXPLAINER: How the world can gear up for the fight against cancer
Cancer is on the rise – but so is our knowledge of how to prevent and treat it.
Light pollution: the dark side of keeping the lights on
Light pollution is the excessive and obtrusive light produced by humans at night. This light is from artificial sources, mainly electricity from houses, offices, streetlamps, billboards or car headlights.
Hackers are causing blackouts. It's time to boost our cyber resilience
Over the past 10 years, the electricity sector has experienced significant cyber attacks – the map below provides a non-exhaustive snapshot.
The countries most ready for the global energy transition
Limiting global warming depends on a rapid transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources. Yet many countries continue to rely on coal-fired power to meet rising demand for energy.
What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development
The index presents a stark picture, but by measuring what matters – beyond only GDP – the data shows how fragility and crisis block the arteries of progress.
3 ways that big data reveals what you really like to watch, read and listen to
Big data provides better visibility into what books and shows people actually spend their time enjoying.
This is how racism is being spread across the internet
For all the advantages of being online, there are some worrying dark sides, including racism. But there are differences in the way ‘cyber-racist’ individuals and groups operate.
What is hydroponics - and is it the future of farming?
Forecasts from Research & Markets claim the vertical farming industry could be worth as much as $3 billion by 2024.
These are the 10 most talent competitive countries in the world
Rapid, and sometimes unpredictable, technological changes, as well as competition for intellectual capital, will drive the future of work.
Plastic is a global problem. It’s also a global opportunity
Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia, notes the steep increase in plastic production over the last half-century, from 15 million tonnes during the 1960s to a reported 311 million tonnes in 2014.
[ANALYSIS] 33 ways Davos 2019 made an impact on the world
Issues discussed this year in Davos included tackling deforestation and closing the skills gap.
[WATCH] SA photographer (17) talks to Jane Goodall at WEF 2019
Young South African photographer Skye Meaker speaks to renowned conservationist Jane Goodall at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos.
[OPINION] Industry 4.0: Big opportunities, big risks for Africa
The Communications Minister says that as Africa’s leading industrialised nation, SA has been preparing for the fourth industrial revolution for several years across various sectors of government.
Brexit survival kit helps Britons face the worst with freeze-dried fajita
The Brexit Box includes 60 portions of freeze-dried British favourites: Chicken Tikka, Chilli Con Carne, Macaroni Cheese and Chicken Fajitas among others.
[OPINION] Here’s how Globalization 4.0 will help us tackle climate change
Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of World Economic Forum, says climate change requires urgent global action.
How a basic income can battle the 8 giants of a faltering economy
The first giant is inequality – the huge growth in income and wealth disparities within countries that goes well beyond what is captured by measures such as the Gini coefficient.
Why we need to save our wild places
The oxygen we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat - they all depend on other forms of life. Without the rest of species on the planet, there would be no prosperity, no economy, no us.