Communications around fracking have gone wrong

Communications around fracking have gone wrong

I’m back from a week surfing in Portugal. It was glorious, as always. Having grown up by the sea I learned to sail at ten, started racing dinghies at 13, collected multiple bumps and bruises, lived on a boat on the Thames in London and, it’s safe to say, I feel at home in the […]

Bloggers jailed for abusing democratic freedoms

Bloggers jailed for abusing democratic freedoms

Reporters Without Borders condemns the sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison that a people’s court in the southern province of Dong Nai imposed last week on three bloggers ¬– Le Thi Phuong Anh, Do Nam Trung and Pham Minh Vu – under criminal code article 258, which penalises “abusing democratic freedoms.” The […]

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

    Edward Snowden (left) with Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour.  Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden is either a dangerous traitor or a laudable hero. It’s that split that makes the 31-year-old former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor a compelling – and increasingly popular – cinematic figure. That popularity is demonstrated by the […]

The Global Ethicist

The Global Ethicist

Take it from the top By *Andrea Bonime-Blanc It’s easy to think the reputational buck stops with the chief executive. But even the CEO is accountable  to the board, which needs to keep a close eye on more than just the money, says Andrea Bonime-Blanc. The proliferation of scandals involving executive malfeasance that have graced […]

Okay, so what is it?

Okay, so what is it?

The word “love” can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts. Often, other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that English relies mainly on “love” to encapsulate; one example is the plurality of Greek words for “love.” Cultural differences in conceptualising love thus make it doubly […]

What does a sustainable organisation look like?

What does a sustainable organisation look like?

The most frequent introductory question I am asked as a strategic sustainability consultant is: what on earth is that? My simple response is that I help make organisations more sustainable – which is usually met with a fractionally less blank expression than before I replied. The problem we have, in my neck of the sustainability […]

Land grabs and fragile food systems

Land grabs and fragile food systems

Farmers around the world are having land they’ve worked for generations taken from under their feet. IATP has worked on trade and agriculture for more than 25 years. In all that time, consistently arguing that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and […]

Oil Industry climate risks

Oil Industry climate risks

Oil giants are failing to disclose to investors the risks posed by climate change, a new report finds Major oil and gas companies are failing to tell investors about the full risks related to both climate change and new forms of resource development, according to a damning report from Ceres, an influential Boston-based coalition of […]

Social Trash Box

Social Trash Box

Toyohashi Tech researchers use ‘robotic social trash boxes’ to investigate interactions between humans and robots for improving robot-to-human communications.  Humans regulate their interactions according to different contexts, the degree of the relationship, cultural factors, gender, age, and so on. These factors can be utilised as an interpersonal boundary-control mechanism which is totally dependent on encouraging […]

How eggshell recycling could save waste and create new materials

How eggshell recycling could save waste and create new materials

by Ray Cooling It must be the ultimate in recycling … using previously unwanted eggshells to protect eggs! The project devised by scientists working in the United Kingdom plans to turn eggshells into plastics that could be used to manufacture anything from food packaging to construction materials. Part of project will see matter extracted from […]

Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities

Urban agriculture: Growing food in our cities

City dwellers have been growing their own food for millennia, but the concept of urban agriculture been formally recognised in research and public policy since the mid 1990s. Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has played a leading role in forging this new discipline and raising awareness of it. In issue 25 of Urban Agriculture […]

The power under the ocean

The power under the ocean

Japan is known to be a country with few natural energy resources. Her current energy self-sufficiency rate is only 4%, although it is normally closer to 20% if nuclear power stations, currently almost all off-line, are included. Japan depends on oil for more than 50% of the energy supply, importing about 90% of it from […]

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

By Elaine Fox $34.99 Random House This is a fascinating, informative and uplifting popular science book exploring optimism and pessimism. The author looks at why some of us are innately optimistic or pessimistic (including notorious extremes such as Michael J Fox), how emotions such as fear, anxiety and pleasure play out in our brains, and […]

How do you build an international university from Scratch?

How do you build an international university from Scratch?

By Francisco Marmolejo Recently, I wrote a column discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with the creation of new higher-education institutions, in which I made reference to the specific case of Albukhary International University in Malaysia. This second article describes interesting experiences of a similar kind in India. School children in India. Poised to become […]

Out of the Box follows the misadventures of Reg Spiers

Out of the Box follows the misadventures of Reg Spiers

Despite the introduction by Lynn Davis one of the UK’s greatest athletes I was sure it was all a joke, No way could all those incredible adventures of Reg Spiers be true. Boy, was I wrong. This is an exceptional book, brilliantly written, wonderfully entertaining and one that will live in the memory for a […]