A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment mental-health covid-19 nature isolation interdisciplinarity climate-crisis green-prescriptions

Estonia is a 'digital republic' – what that means and why it may be everyone's future

Estonia has digitised 99% of its public services.

Ali Shahaab, PhD Candidate, Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain Technology, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: internet interdisciplinarity elections blockchain voting estonia digital

Four reasons why restoring nature is the most important endeavour of our time

We must turn pledges into immediate action and restore our ecosystems on a global level.

Jake M. Robinson, Ecologist and PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Oct. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: biodiversity united-nations interdisciplinarity climate-crisis farming ecosystems future-of-food

To stop mass extinction, reform the outdated Victorian harm principle

Environmental activists have been advocating for piecemeal legal change for decades. But a more fundamental rewrite of the law is needed.

Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: morality law interdisciplinarity environmental-law victorians

Prehistoric desert footprints are earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on Arabian Peninsula

These findings represent the earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on the Arabian Peninsula, and demonstrates the importance of Arabia for understanding human prehistory.

Richard Clark-Wilson, PhD Candidate in Geography, Royal Holloway • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neanderthals homo-sapiens interdisciplinarity prehistory saudi-arabia

Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here's why

This celebrated research gives governments a reason to give climate change a low priority, but is based on spurious empirical data.

Steve Keen, Honorary Professor of Economics, UCL • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change economics interdisciplinarity climate-crisis gdp neoclassical-economics william-nordhaus

Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

Tags: permafrost ice russia interdisciplinarity climate-crisis siberia in-depth insights-series woolly-mammoth

How a new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

How new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

Finally we have a word to describe why wasps bother you in late summer: furlough.

Seirian Sumner, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, UCL • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects summer interdisciplinarity wasps furloughed-wokers

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