What the world can learn from clean energy transitions in India, China and Brazil

Our research identified three key lessons.

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china brazil solar-power india energy-transition biofuel ethanol clean-energy leds solar-photovoltaics

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-media china twitter facebook video india young-people mobile-apps apps youtube instagram youth tiktok snapchat us-china-relations

Air pollution could be making honey bees sick – new study

Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.

Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology & Conservation, Royal Holloway • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects bees air-pollution india pollinators pollination honey-bees bangalore

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Himalayas will be lost by 2100 if climate targets aren't met

How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.

Ann Rowan, Ice and Climate Research Fellow, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: global-warming india nepal pakistan glaciers paris-agreement

The UAE's Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space mars india russia united-states space-exploration japan international-space-station united-arab-emirates mars-exploration space-race

Climate crisis causing families to shun farmers for arranged marriages

Climate shocks and changing weather mean that farmers' incomes are

Luiza C Campos, Associate Professor in Engineering, UCL • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: india interdisciplinarity climate-crisis farming marriage

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

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india south-korea covid-19-testing germany privacy contact-tracing smart-phones smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app digital-contact-tracing data-security covid-19-app

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health climate-change pollution asthma models air-pollution heat india temperature lung-disease heatwave air-quality south-asia heatstroke

Advanced cyclone forecasting is leading to early action – and it's saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Cyclone Amphan: supercomputers predicted it well in advance – saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

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