Coronavirus and the lessons we can learn from the 1918-1920 Great Influenza Pandemic

The Great Influenza Pandemic presents a plausible worst-case scenario for today's COVID-19 outbreak.The pandemic, which lasted from 1918-20, is estimated to have caused 39 million deaths, equivalent to 2% of the world's population at that time.At this point, the probability that COVID-19 reaches anything close to 1918-20's outbreak seems remote, but lessons we can learn from it in mortality, macroeconomics, and finance can help manage the effects...
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COVID-19's staggering impact on global education

Over a billion students worldwide are unable to go to school or university, due to measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.The pandemic is expected to have a huge impact on global education. Close to a billion people are still locked down after the coronavirus outbreak brought life around the world to a virtual standstill. The pandemic is expected to have enormous economic consequences and it is also having a devastating impact on global educatio...
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The Arctic is having holes stabbed through it at an alarming rate

Arctic Sinkhole
Abrupt melting of the permafrost layer is leading to erosion, landslides and craters in the Arctic landscape.As the permafrost melts, greenhouse gases are released into the environment.Current climate change forecasts may underestimate the emissions from permafrost because they only take into account gradual thawing of the ice layer. Residents of the small Alaskan town Kongiganak can no longer bury their dead. Their cemetery has become a marshy s...
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Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe

Working with Nature to reduce climate risk in Europe
New WWF report outlines how investing in Nature-based Solutions can build resilience in the face of increasing water risks across the continentClimate change is the greatest threat to the future of our societies and economies. All the science points to worsening risks from extreme floods, droughts, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. But the climate crisis is not just a future threat. Climate change is already affecting water resources and ex...
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After a year of devastating floods across Asia, this is how some of the world's biggest countries are staying afloat

Flooding Bangkok
Tokyo, Jakarta and Shanghai are among the cities that may need to relocate people and development away from risks, researchers say.11 of the 15 cities most at risk from sea level rise are in Asia, with Dubai, Alexandria and New York also featuring. Major Asian cities, including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai, are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned on Thursday, urging authorities to invest more in flood defences...
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China's lead in the global solar race - at a glance

China Solar
In the space of 25 years, China will have gone from having virtually no solar panels to leading the world by a margin of more than 100%.  Estimates from market intelligence business Wood Mackenzie sees China's photovoltaic panel installations hit a cumulative total of 370 GWdc by 2024 - more than double the US's capacity at that point. As countries around the world continue to increase their solar capacity, Wood Mackenzie predicts 2020 will ...
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China's response shows how bold decision-making can contain coronavirus

Last updated 11 March 2020. A series of strict lockdowns restricted people's movements.Social media apps were used to control how people moved around.New infection rates are now lower than in around 15 other countries. The first reports of an outbreak came on 31 December 2019. A week later it was confirmed a new coronavirus was spreading. At that point, there had been no deaths linked to the virus. But that soon changed. Within weeks, the number ...
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Minimizing Coronavirus’ impact is a race against time - this chart explains why

COVID-19 Chart
The impact of Coronavirus must be minimized to prevent overwhelming healthcare systems.International preparedness for pandemics is "fundamentally weak," according to one recent 195-country study.Coordination on community- and international levels can help reduce the rate of new infections. Coronavirus continues to spread, highlighting the need to minimize its impact and slow the rate of new infections. One chart, shared widely on Twitter 9 March ...
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To stop a tech apocalypse we need ethics and the arts

Artificial Intelligence
If recent television shows are anything to go by, we're a little concerned about the consequences of technological development. Dystopian narratives abound. Black Mirror projects the negative consequences of social media, while artificial intelligence turns rogue in The 100 and Better Than Us. The potential extinction of the human race is up for grabs in Travellers, and Altered Carbon frets over the separation of human consciousness from the body...
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How the internet of things is building smarter cities

New York
Urban populations are rising around the world, but cities are struggling to keep up. As the silent force that has revolutionized our world, technology is now being leveraged to manage rapid urbanization and to create smarter cities. Today's infographic from Raconteur explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a vital component in the creation of more efficient, sustainable, and resilient cities, and illustrates the growing impact this w...
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