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By Gideon Idowu, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry(Legacy and Emerging Contaminants), Federal University of Technology, Akure
The level of microplastic pollution in Osun River may be the highest in the world. Banning single-use plastics may help.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Alex White, PhD Candidate in History, University of Cambridge
Angelou’s 1960s political journalism in Africa demonstrates her desire to link the struggle for civil rights in the US to global campaigns against racism.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Anniek Kortleve, PhD Candidate, Department of Industrial Ecology, Leiden University
Helen Harwatt, Food and Climate Policy Fellow, Harvard University
José Manuel Mogollón, Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University
Paul Behrens, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Change, Leiden University
The vast majority of the EU’s agricultural subsidies are supporting meat and dairy farming rather than sustainable plant alternatives. That’s the key finding of our new research, published in Nature Food, in which for the first time we were able to fully account for crops and other plants grown to feed animals.

The subsidies operate through the EU’s common agricultural policy (known as the CAP). This plays a critical role in shaping farming across Europe, but has been the subject of intense criticism for…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Finance, King's College London
For many years, it wasn’t the economy that determined voting behaviour in Turkey. The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won almost every election he contested despite a deteriorating economic outlook.

This is commonly explained by the importance of identity politics in a country that has been polarised by the policies of Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party over its 22 years in power. (Full Story)

By Tony Milligan, Research Fellow in the Philosophy of Ethics, Cosmological Visionaries project, King's College London
We have joined a game which has been going on before our arrival, and the strategy that everyone has learned is to hide.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Lydia Merrett, Lecturer in Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
This new pocket-sized book is an excellent place to begin an education about the women who have contributed to the history of western art.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Samantha Fazekas, Teaching Fellow in Political Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
Receiving criticism in the workplace, whether on written reports and projects, presentations or performance reviews, can make us doubt ourselves. It can feel impossible not to take criticism personally because many of us tend to get our self-worth from our careers.

As an academic, I deal with criticism all the time, from feedback on my research to evaluations of my teaching. Sometimes, I feel like the criticism is directed at me personally, and not at the content of what I have written or the quality of my lectures.

In these moments, I try to disentangle my sense of self-worth…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Colin Michie, Deputy Lead, School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire
Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome is a rare but deadly condition triggered by the same bacteria that cause strep throat and tonsillitis.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ylva Baeckstrom, Senior Lecturer in Finance, King's College London
The number of people struggling with money in Britain is at a record high. Financial charities say that people are contacting them for help with debt, paying bills and insolvency. The campaign group Debt Justice found in a survey that 29% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 25% of 25- to 34-year-olds had missed three or more bill payments in the last six…The Conversation (Full Story)
By Rebecca Rhead, Lecturer in Society and Mental Health, King's College London
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a time filled with uncertainty and fear, ethnically minoritised NHS staff have not only had to contend with the virus but also a workplace fraught with inequalities.

Recent reports highlight concerning – and ongoing – issues for these NHS staff. For example, ethnically minoritised nurses face significant obstacles in securing promotions or new positions, and ethnically minoritised ambulance staff are twice as…The Conversation (Full Story)

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