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By Morgan R. Frank, Assistant Professor of Informatics, University of Pittsburgh
Junghyun Lim, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In a greener future, what becomes of current fossil fuel workers? Despite possessing skills applicable to green industries, their geographical locations will limit their opportunities.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey
The prime minister’s decision to delay or scrap green measures will make it harder for the UK to keep its climate commitments.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Alexander J. Stewart, Senior lecturer, University of St Andrews
It’s been almost exactly 15 years since Lehmann Brothers declared bankruptcy, marking the height of the financial crisis. Since then, we’ve entered the era of the “polycrisis” – where several catastrophic events are happening at once. We’re dealing with the aftermath of a pandemic, a war in Ukraine, extreme weather events, rising inflation and a food and energy crisis.

These events can be described as economic “shocks”, though the consequences may be drawn out for years. The key point about…The Conversation (Full Story)

By William Perry, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
New research reveals the environmental impact of keeping tropical fish as household pets – but there are ways to reduce it.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Arzu Geybullayeva
Existing legislation in Azerbaijan does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. There is also no law on bullying despite advocacy efforts of activists. (Full Story)
By Ewan Mackenzie, Lecturer in Work and Employment, Newcastle University
Alan Mckinlay, Professor of Human Resource Management, Newcastle University
A recent investigation by UK media outlets has uncovered a number of sexual assault allegations against Russell Brand, a comedian and TV presenter. Brand has denied the accusations, however this is a timely reminder of the urgent need to challenge and address power asymmetries – not just between men and women, but within workplaces, and particularly across the creative industries.

People may work for little…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Andy Phippen, Professor of IT Ethics and Digital Rights, Bournemouth University
The government’s online safety bill, a reform years in the making, will now become law.

Among the bill’s key aims is to ensure it is more difficult for young people (under the age of 18) to access content that is considered harmful – such as pornography and content that promotes suicide or eating disorders. It places a “duty of care” on tech companies to ensure their users, especially children, are safe online. And it aims…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Gibson Ncube, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
A recent book, Queer Bodies in African Films, studies the growing LGBTIQ+ output from film-makers around the continent, from Morocco to South Africa. In the process it analyses what queerness is and means within the context of African countries. Its author, Gibson Ncube, is a lecturer and scholar who focuses his research on queerness in African cultural production – from literature to…The Conversation (Full Story)
By Apparao Rao, Professor of Physics, Clemson University
Bingan Lu, Associate Professor of Physics and Electronics, Hunan University
Mihir Parekh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University
Morteza Sabet, Research Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University
Lithium-ion batteries power many electric cars, bikes and scooters. When they are damaged or overheated, they can ignite or explode. Four engineers explain how to handle these devices safety.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Chance Bonar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Tufts University
The ‘Shepherd of Hermas’ has been accused of being pedantic, even boring. In the first few centuries of Christianity, though, it was a hit.The Conversation (Full Story)
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