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Can blockchain help us to address the world’s energy issues?

As ‘cryptomania’ gripped trading markets at the end of 2017, a disturbing fact about the early blockchain algorithms used in currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple came to the fore: they use staggering amounts of electricity. Estimates suggest that powering Bitcoin’s daily transactions – the…

This man stayed in Aleppo to make a film as the bombs fell

Feras Fayyad directed the award-winning documentary Last Men in Aleppo. The film follows the siege of Aleppo through the eyes of two members of The White Helmets, a volunteer civil defence group. Last Men in Aleppo has received numerous accolades, including the Grand Jury Prize…

It’s time to bring our planet back from the brink

As world leaders gather in Davos this week to discuss how to better shape our future through strengthened cooperation, it’s imperative to also focus on how to prevent the health of our planet from failing. This is not “doom and gloom” – the risk is…

Why we have the ethics of self-driving cars all wrong

A trolley barrels down a track at high speed. Suddenly, the driver sees five people crossing the track up ahead. There’s not enough time to brake. If the driver does nothing, all five will die. But there is enough time to switch onto a side…

Forgotten twice: the untold story of LGBT refugees

Imagine having to flee your own country because of being persecuted for who you are and for who you love. Imagine reaching Europe and being locked up in a detention centre at constant risk of being assaulted. Imagine having to restart your life in a…

Humanity’s most existential risks are getting worse. Here’s a major reason why

As 2018 starts with waves of extreme weather across the planet, it seems uncomfortably appropriate that environmental issues have once again dominated the list of the most urgent risks identified in the World Economic Forum’s annual assessment of global risks. The upper right quadrant of…

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can lead us to a zero-carbon future – if we act now

I can’t give you a precise date, but some time in the past two years the world crossed a threshold and incremental action on climate change was off the menu. To keep temperatures below 2°C, we now need exponential action. Earth is now 1.1℃ warmer…

350 million people suffer from rare diseases. Here’s how tech can help

As a former paediatrician and the CEO of the leading biotech focused on rare disease, I see the rare disease community as uniquely positioned to benefit from technological innovation in healthcare. During my years of working in children’s hospitals, I have seen first-hand the challenges…

Why investors must take a chance in the world’s most fragile countries

Fragility, conflict and violence affect more than two billion people across the globe. And while poverty on the whole is declining, that’s not the case in countries affected by conflict. It is these countries plagued by near-constant political and economic instability that are often the…

The Davos 2018 environment agenda – what you need to know and how to follow online

2017 was characterized by extreme weather. Seventeen named storms – including Harvey and Irma – battered the US, costing a record $200 billion in damages. Monsoon flooding devastated parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal, killing over 1,200 people and affecting 40 million. From flooding to…

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