Climate worry driving ‘cli-fi’ boom

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Imagine a world where storms inundate coastal megacities, entire species become extinct in the blink of an eye, and conflicts are fought over dwindling natural resources. Perhaps, not so difficult in 2019. After a year of devastating extreme weather and worldwide unrest over the emergency posed by climate change, topics […]

Madagascar farmers rise against ‘new city’

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Anger is boiling over in the hills surrounding Antananarivo over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Hundreds of farmers in Ambohitrimanjaka village are facing off with the authorities over a presidential scheme that threatens to engulf a thousand hectares of rice fields. “We will not […]

Investors hope Qatar’s desert dairy would be cash cow

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BY GREGORY WALTON & ANNE LEVASSEUR The cows of Qatar’s Baladna farm, housed in climate-controlled farms in the desert, exemplify the lengths to which Qatar has gone to resist what it calls an economic ‘blockade’ enforced by its Saudi-led neighbours. When the boycott began in June 2017, Qatar responded with […]

Romance in the workplace? It’s complicated in #MeToo era

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Workplace romances are fairly common, but they are becoming more regulated in the United States amid the #MeToo movement. US companies, particularly the larger ones, have had codes of conduct for their employees for years, and more firms have been adopting them recently. At McDonald’s, for example, “employees who have […]

The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

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Hordes of brain-munching undead terrorising neighbourhoods make for fun television and movies, but zombies could never be real … or could they? There are in fact a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts’ behavior — and increasing evidence that humans are […]

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