DEVELOPMENT

After nearly a year since being set alight, the raging oil wells in Qayyarah, Iraq, have finally been extinguished
Asia not only manufacturers most of the world’s electronic goods, it now consumes the most as well. Without sophisticated recycling systems, e-waste is piling up

Room to breathe

As Uber shores up its African stronghold, how will urban air quality fare?
A lack of awareness is preventing adequate monitoring of destructive tornado events in Europe
Rolex is celebrating 40 years of bringing pioneering, life-improving projects to the fore
Increased air travel is transporting yellow fever to Asia, as the first ever cases are diagnosed in China
Zimbabwe prints more money, prompting fears of a return to the hyperinflation of the country’s past
Latin America and the Caribbean experience the highest levels of inequality in the world – however, the rate is falling. Yet there is considerable progress required to get other Sustainable Development Goals on track before 2030
As popularity of quinoa has escalated in recent years, so too has the price. New research explores the impact this is having on traditional South American consumers
Despite some positive signs, the countries of the Asia-Pacific region have a lot of progress to make in order to achieve their SDGs

Arrested development

A controversial dam development in the Mekong River in Laos is risking the welfare of local inhabitants

Finding Solomon’s gold

Gold mining on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, has descended into a murky yet toxic stasis, with potentially destructive environmental results

The African brain drain

An inaugural science conference in Senegal has committed to tackling the continent’s exodus of STEM talent
Women, especially in developing nations, are bearing the burden of a global childcare crisis, with many being forced to leave their children at home while they work
A new report reveals the scale of the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa if it is to hit its sustainable development targets, with most countries scoring badly across almost all goals

New ideas in drugs war

Next month will see a pivotal UN summit review strategies to combat the criminal drugs trade. Could the new Sustainable Development Goals lead the way?
2015 saw an estimated 1.1 million migrants and asylum seekers arrive within Germany’s borders. But it won’t prevent the country’s long-term demographic decline

The mosquito trap

Could an innovative ‘smart’ lighting system also help put a stop to the worldwide growth of dengue fever?

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