Europe's catastrophic flooding was forecast well in advance – what went so wrong?

I helped forecast disaster – but nothing prepared for me what happened next.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
July 21, 2021 ~7 min

US support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patent rights puts pressure on drugmakers – but what would a waiver actually look like?

The process will take months, if it's even approved. But just the threat of waiving intellectual property rights could spur faster action.

Dalindyebo Shabalala, Associate Professor, University of Dayton • conversation
May 10, 2021 ~9 min

200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~11 min

Coronavirus: Germany's new local lockdown is a warning not a disaster

Germany's resurgent R number is largely down to a localised outbreak.

Adam Kleczkowski, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~5 min

How leadership in various countries has affected COVID-19 response effectiveness

Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Coronavirus: Why is Germany's fatality rate so low?

Distancing measures are not enough.

Jeremy Rossman, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Virology and President of Research-Aid Networks, University of Kent • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~5 min