Mexico’s digital future: moving beyond technological determinism

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On the 31st of March 2018, phase 1 of Mexico’s new wholesale mobile network, Red Compartida (Shared Network), will launch. There are big expectations for this project, expected to cover 95% of Mexico’s vast territory: it will bring cheap, reliable data to millions (along with all the digital products and services this will facilitate) by… Continue Reading ➤

Inequality in resilience to environmental shocks: now more important than ever?

Freetown, Sierra Leone, after a landslide in August 2017 which left  1,141 dead or missing. 
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Although natural disasters strike indiscriminately, the extent of the damage caused is anything but random. Similar events still produce disparate levels of destruction according to the development of the affected country, and as is the case with many global tragedies, the countries worst affected tend to be those that are least developed. Natural disasters are… Continue Reading ➤

Becoming One With Nature (Again)

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 “Over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that [nature] parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life… None of nature’s landscapes are ugly, as long as they are wild” -… Continue Reading ➤

Bubbling up: How the thawing out of Siberian permafrost spells trouble for curbing climatic meltdown

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With both scientific and media discourse dominated by talk of global warming, permafrost is a reminder that we are still transitioning out of an ice age that has shaped life on this planet for the past two and a half million years. Consisting primarily of a frozen mixture of frozen earth, peat, methane and water,… Continue Reading ➤

A New Social Medicine

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Do short-term financial interests compromise delivery of long-term scientific objectives? The free market regularly compels companies to maximise profit for shareholders, but this can stifle the development of solutions to big problems. This problem extends across vital sectors such as Energy, Defence, Transport, Finance and Agriculture but it is particularly visible within the Pharmaceutical industry…. Continue Reading ➤

Going Viral: the Human Impact on Emerging Infections

[source; U.S. Department of Agriculture]

In a rapidly changing world, where human modification of the environment has become routine global practice, are we paving the way for emerging viral infections? In the mid-20th century, a naïve belief began to surface that in the future, infectious disease would be consigned to history; that our improved sanitation, better socioeconomic conditions and medical… Continue Reading ➤

Our Modern Waste Land: Food, Facts and the Future

Source: David Fedele

When doomsayers warn of the various ways that humanity is expediting its own demise, they tend to focus on the twenty-first century trinity of overpopulation, food and water shortages, and climate change. And to some extent, they’re right. There’s no denying that these looming issues are desperate for attention from researchers and the public, both… Continue Reading ➤