Nipah virus: could it cause the next pandemic?

Virologists are beginning to assess which other viruses could have pandemic potential

Ian Jones, Professor of Virology, University of Reading • conversation
Oct. 28, 2021 ~7 min

China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China has become the world’s largest country-to-country lender. A new study shows that more than half of its loans threaten sensitive lands or Indigenous people.

Rebecca Ray, Senior Academic Researcher in Global Development Policy, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 20, 2021 ~11 min

Finance firms plan to close coal plants in Asia

The Asian Development Bank aims to have the plan ready for the COP26 climate conference in November.

Aug. 3, 2021 ~2 min

The invasive spotted lanternfly is spreading across the eastern US – here's what you need to know about this voracious pest

The spotted lanternfly, native to Asia, is spreading fast since arriving in the United States seven years ago. An entomologist explains why this is a big problem.

Frank A. Hale, Professor, Horticultural Crop Entomology, University of Tennessee • conversation
July 28, 2021 ~8 min

New directions in real estate practice

Professor Siqi Zheng promotes sustainable urbanization at MIT’s Center for Real Estate.

Maria Iacobo | School of Architecture and Planning • mit
July 12, 2021 ~9 min

How palm oil became the world's most hated, most used fat source

Palm oil is responsible for widespread deforestation and labor abuses, but it's also cheap and incredibly useful. That's why many advocates call for reforming the industry, not replacing it.

Jonathan E. Robins, Associate Professor of Global History, Michigan Technological University • conversation
June 24, 2021 ~10 min

Can old traditions and tech help Singapore reach zero waste?

Singapore sees its traditional rag and bone collectors as key to its sustainability plans.

June 18, 2021 ~6 min

The 2021 World Food Prize recognizes that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the winner of the 2021 World Food Prize for her work identifying small fish as valuable nutrition sources for developing countries.

Ben Belton, Associate Professor of International Development, Michigan State University • conversation
May 21, 2021 ~9 min

A metropolis arose in medieval Cambodia – new research shows how many people lived in the Angkor Empire over time

Combining archaeological evidence, aerial scans and machine learning algorithms, researchers modeled how this medieval city grew over time.

Alison Kyra Carter, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon • conversation
May 7, 2021 ~11 min

GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist in Asia

An infrastructure boom threatens endangered tigers across Asia. Scientists want to know more about how tigers behave near roads so they can design wildlife-friendly transportation networks.

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan • conversation
April 23, 2021 ~9 min