Monthly Archives: February 2018

Urban form and socio-economics: what is the link?

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Although urbanization has many advantages, one of its biggest drawbacks is the rise in socio-economic inequality. There have been some attempts at a qualitative analysis of the relationship between certain city features and social inequality, but these kinds of analyses are hard to replicate. A new research article published in EPJ Data Science proposes a new quantitative computer-based method for how to better understand the link between cites and social inequalities.

Accounting for climate change

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Forests play vital role in climate change mitigation by offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through the sequestration and storing of carbon. Whilst this may seem like a simple equation, the reality of how forest management fits into the accounting rules for climate policy development is far more complex. A review published earlier this year in Carbon Balance and Management  looks at the development of these accounting rules and discusses pros and cons of different approaches.

Populism, nationalism, creationism: challenges for innovation diplomacy in today’s political and social climate

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As globalization continues to be viewed more critically, especially by those who feel ‘left out’ from its benefits, the future of innovation diplomacy and international science collaborations seems increasingly unclear. Yet science cannot truly thrive without collaboration and is desperately needed to battle countless problems of the modern world, such as climate change and global health. In a new article published in European Journal of Futures Research, Jos Leijten discusses the challenges and different (and sometimes conflicting) influences that may shape science diplomacy in the future.