Is this what higher education will look like in 5 years?

Is this what higher education will look like in 5 years?
Ipsos surveyed adults in 29 countries on how they see higher education being delivered in five years' time.The majority think the split between online and in-person learning that's come about during the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay.Respondents in China and Japan were most likely to see higher education being delivered mainly in person.Just over half of the adults surveyed believe in-person learning is worth its cost. In 2025, higher educatio...
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Fences have big effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured

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What is the most common form of human infrastructure in the world? It may well be the fence. Recent estimates suggest that the total length of all fencing around the globe is 10 times greater than the total length of roads. If our planet's fences were stretched end to end, they would likely bridge the distance from Earth to the Sun multiple times. On every continent, from cities to rural areas and from ancient to modern times, humans have built f...
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The Marshall Islands could be wiped out by climate change – and their colonial history limits their ability to save themselves

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Along U.S. coastlines, from California to Florida, residents are getting increasingly accustomed to "king tides." These extra-high tides cause flooding and wreak havoc on affected communities. As climate change raises sea levels, they are becoming more extreme. King tides are nothing new for the Marshall Islands, a nation made up of 29 low-lying coral atolls that stretch across more than a million square miles of Pacific Ocean northeast of Austra...
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IEA: Wind and solar capacity will overtake both gas and coal globally by 2024

IEA: Wind and solar capacity will overtake both gas and coal globally by 2024
Wind and solar capacity will exceed coal and gas in less than five years, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.The increase will mean wind and solar will overtake gas capacity in 2023 and coal in 2024.The report also showed how renewables had proved to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike other commodities. Wind and solar capacity will double over the next five years globally and exceed that of both gas and co...
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An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate

An ocean like no other: the Southern Ocean’s ecological richness and significance for global climate
In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean basins. It is a perspective that comes naturally to those who live in the ocean-dominated southern hemisphere. The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean (or even the Austral ocean), is like no other and best described in superlatives. Storing...
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5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions
Saturday was the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement – the commitment by almost every country to try to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. It's an ambitious goal, and the clock is ticking. The planet has already warmed by about 1 C since the start of the industrial era. That might not sound like much, but that first degree is changing the planet in profound ways, from more extreme heat waves that put human health ...
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Across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger – and will soon store less carbon

Across the world, trees are growing faster, dying younger – and will soon store less carbon
As the world warms and the atmosphere becomes increasingly fertilised with carbon dioxide, trees are growing ever faster. But they're also dying younger – and overall, the world's forests may be losing their ability to store carbon. That's the key finding of our new study, published in the journal Nature Communications. In a world without humans, forests would exist in equilibrium, taking roughly as much carbon out of the atmosphere as they lose....
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These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence
Mass unemployment will occur because of robotics and AI.Hospitality, management and creativity cannot be substituted by AI.We need to acquire and refine more sophisticated abilities in these areas. The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate a number of changes and transformations in human society. Notably, the pandemic is expected to significantly accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  This is because the coronavirus crisis forced peo...
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This is how cities can overcome their growing transport pains

This is how cities can overcome their growing transport pains
By 2030, more than 750 million people will live in megacities;Growing urban populations put pressure on already ageing and inadequate transportation systems;New research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) suggests how urban mobility systems can change to meet the needs of future populations. Around the world, people are increasingly migrating from rural to urban areas. By 2030, the United Nations estimates, megacities (those with at least 10 mill...
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One fifth of ecosystems is in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

One fifth of ecosystems is in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like
One-in-five countries are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing, according to recent research.When ecosystems collapse, they rapidly lose their structure and function, with dramatic changes to their size or extent.Collapse on this scale would threaten more than half of global GDP (US$42 trillion, or £32 trillion).Professor of Physical Geography, John Dearing explains what collapse means - and what we can do about it. One in five countries are at...
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