A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.
July 13, 2020 • ~6 min
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Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade
The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.
June 19, 2020 • ~10 min
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Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.
June 10, 2020 • ~9 min
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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.
May 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
March 26, 2020 • ~6 min
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While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.
March 20, 2020 • ~6 min
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