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Access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa is the worst in the world, a fact that touches every facet of people’s lives there. But change can happen with the right policies in place
In 2007, the African Union announced a hugely ambitious project – to plant the Great Green Wall, a band of trees that would stretch the length of the Sahel. Progress has been slow, but as a trip to Burkina Faso…
A technique that uses bacteria to leach precious metals from electronic waste could help to create a circular economy
Mark Rowe asks whether opening up the UK to meat from other continents will spell the end of British farming as we know it
Overshadowed by the uncertainty surrounding the Tokyo games, the Olympics have been quietly undergoing big changes. But not everyone is convinced that a bright future awaits
A new model of pesticide use highlights the risk to huge swathes of land 
Pressure is mounting on steelmakers to decarbonise, but it’s proving to be a particularly difficult industry to clean up
 Traditional methods of design and construction have led to a built-world of inefficient, unsustainable materials and structures. By unpicking nature’s secrets and copying them, scientists in the field of biomimetics aim to create a more intelligent world
The recipient of the 2018 Land Rover bursary, supported by the RGS-IBG, has been awarded extra funding to continue its work
Scientists are working to mimic the transfer of immune-boosting microbes that takes place during vaginal births to help those born by caesarean section 
Cannabis divides opinion in the USA, where money is spent on researching both its health benefits and its dangers
A survey of Australian scientists reveals a worrying trend towards suppression of important environmental research
Surveys suggest that Westerners aren’t yet willing to accept novel food technology
Covid-19 has reignited concerns about antibiotic resistance. The economics for new antibiotics are struggling to innovate new products. Is the market in need of reform?
The Covid-19 vaccine allocation plan aims  to pool funding from high-, low- and middle-income countries to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that will be accessible to countries across the world. But will the rise of ‘vaccine nationalism’ jeopardise the endeavour?
The Department of Transport believes street works impact the UK economy by £4.3 billion per year, slowing transport links as well as affecting public safety. Poor understanding of what lurks beneath exacerbates the problem. The Geospatial Commission and Ordnance Survey…
The recent collapse of a jade mine in Myanmar has shone a light on a deadly industry
The sudden cessation of international tourism as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world's largest employer to a standstill, with widespread hardship following in its wake. Can the sector recover?

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