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More companies pledge net-zero' emissions to fight climate change, but what does that really mean?

  Amrou Awaysheh: Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Executive Director, Business Sustainability Lab, Indiana Universit You'll probably hear the term net-zero emissions a lot over the coming weeks as government leaders and CEOs, under pressure, talk about how they'll reduce their countries' or businesses' impact...

Covid treatment or booster Shot? Non-Vaccine aims to boost immunity

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life       Aug 28, 2021

  Therese Raphael Vaccines never promised us perfect protection. Yet studies are showing that our defenses are declining faster than expected. One from Oxford University published last week showed that the efficacy of the BioNTech/Pfizer Inc. vaccine was halved after four months. Another, published Tuesday by...

Did inequality in US increase during pandemic? Wait for more data to get answers

Eco/Invest/Demography       Aug 08, 2021

  Justin Fox  It is widely believed that the Covid-19 pandemic and the reactions to it by governments and businesses accelerated an already-strong trend toward increasing economic inequality in the US People on the political left think this and people on the political right do too,...

COVID-19 herd immunity: It's not going to happen, so what next?

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life, Pandemic       Aug 04, 2021

By Shabir A. Madhi, University of the Witwatersrand Any notion that COVID-19 was going to last for just a few months was very much misplaced in 2020. Especially after it was recognised that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was largely spread through the airborne route, all indications...

When will we reach herd immunity? Here are 3 reasons that’s a hard question to answer

Health, Non-Life       Jul 27, 2021

  Julie Leask, Professor, University of Sydney; and James Wood, Public health academic, UNSW Sydney, As we try to control COVID-19, many people are keen to know what proportion of the population will need to be vaccinated in order to reach “herd immunity”. It’s a reasonable...

Is Delta defeating us? Here’s why the variant makes contact tracing so much harder

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Policy       Jul 25, 2021

  Raina MacIntyre, Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW Kensington (Australia), The Greater Sydney lockdown began on June 26 and almost a month later, New South Wales is recording around 100 new COVID cases a day. We are...

Covid-19:Four reasons why most economists continue to back lockdowns

Eco/Invest/Demography       Jul 11, 2021

  With the prospect of a lengthier lockdown looming over Sydney, the idea of “living with the virus” has resurfaced. NSW's health minister, Brad Hazzard, raised the prospect of abandoning the lockdown and accepting that “the virus has a life which will continue in the community”...

Inside a ransomware attack: how dark webs of cybercriminals collaborate

  In their Carbis Bay communique, the G7 announced their intention to work together to tackle ransomware groups. Days later, US president Joe Biden met with Russian president Vladimir Putin, where an extradition process to bring Russian cybercriminals to justice in the US was discussed. Putin...

Why we sometimes die when trying to avoid risk

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Life, Non-Life, Pandemic       Jun 14, 2021

Allison Schrager  Last summer I met up with two friends for dinner at an outdoor restaurant. I hadn't seen much of them in the early months of the pandemic because they were afraid to venture out. One said meeting up felt like “we're playing Russian...

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