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Justice Abortions Abortion Laws Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)

Roe v Wade overturned: what abortion access and reproductive rights look like around the world

While countries like the United States, Poland and Russia are taking steps backwards, gains are being made in places such as Ireland, Colombia and Argentina.
By Claire Pierson for The Conversation on June 24, 2022
Justice War Crimes Starvation Conflicts

Starving civilians is an ancient military tactic, but today it’s a war crime in Ukraine, Yemen, Tigray and elsewhere

Despite legal advances, starvation crimes have been evident in recent or current conflicts in Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
More Hunger Food Security Food Production

A shrinking fraction of the world’s major crops goes to feed the hungry, with more used for nonfood purposes

Rising competition for many of the world’s important crops is sending increasing amounts toward uses other than directly feeding people.
By Deepak Ray for The Conversation on May 13, 2022
Children EdTech Children’s Rights Violations Digital Rights

Edtech is treating students like products and violating their digital rights

A recent Human Rights Watch report has exposed children’s rights violations by providers of edtech endorsed by governments in Australia and elsewhere.
Equality Gender Pay Gap Gender Biases Academic Staff

Gender pay gap: It’s roughly half-a-million dollars for women professors across a lifetime

There are substantial, long-term impacts from the gender pay gap for faculty at Canadian universities.
Environment Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emission Carbon Emissions

What is ‘committed warming’? A climate scientist explains why global warming can continue after emissions end

By now, few people question the reality that humans are altering Earth’s climate. The real question is: How quickly can we halt, even reverse, the damage?
By Julien Emile-Geay for The Conversation on June 9, 2022
Environment Biodiversity Loss Protected Areas Conservation

World’s protected natural areas too small and isolated to benefit wildlife – new study

The world’s governments will this year negotiate a series of targets in response to the global biodiversity crisis that has already led to a massive loss of the planet’s wildlife.
By David Williams for The Conversation on June 10, 2022
Environment Glacier Melting Rising Sea Levels Ocean Warming

Ice world: Antarctica’s riskiest glacier is under assault from below and losing its grip

Antarctica is a continent comprising several large islands, one of them the size of Australia, all buried under a 10,000-foot-thick layer of ice. The ice holds enough fresh water to raise sea level by nearly 200 feet.
By Ted Scambos for The Conversation on June 7, 2022
More Cooking Fuel Firewood Consumption Price Rise

Gas prices: as cooking fuels become more expensive, people are turning to dirtier alternatives

One consequence of the meteoric rise in the price of fossil gas has been that cooking meals is now much more expensive.
Women Women Waste Workers Informal Workers Smart Cities

Smart city technologies pose serious threats to women waste workers in India

Smart city technologies are an increasingly popular approach to urban governance and sustainable development worldwide, but their implementation, use and impact on society are only just being fully understood.
By Josie Wittmer for The Conversation on May 19, 2022