This August I was honoured to spend an evening filming a talk by the award-winning Turkish novelist and public intellectual Elif Shafak. The evening was organised by CARAVAN, an East-West peacebuilding celebration of art and thought. The evening included a lecture, conversation and audience Q&A, Elif focused on building bridges, not walls. Elif Shafak was also awarded the first CARAVAN Award for Peacebuilding and the Arts.
My recent story for BBC Earth is on autocannibalism, the act of eating oneself. There are many kinds of animals that eat members of their own species but some, either through accident or intention, eat parts of themselves! Read on to satisfy your morbid curiosity.
Read my article for SciDev.Net on the rate of spread of Ebola relative to the kind of community it’s spreading through. The research in question may seem obvious but it’s important to the future of health policy that intuition is supported by evidence.
Scientists in Brazil are flying through the clouds around the city of Manaus. They collect data on how air pollution affects rainfall. With this information they hope to influence national climate policy.
The pressure is on for fishing trawlers to reduce the harm they do to the oceans. Their deep-sea nets catch too many of the wrong fish. Much of their catch is waste, which costs them money and reduces biodiversity. ‘SafetyNet‘ can help spare young fish and endangered species from the nets. As a result, they can grow to adulthood and breed to keep their numbers healthy.