Cities with more green spaces can stay cooler in hot weather and provide fairer lives for their residents, experts say. Clear evidence links the state of equality in cities to tree cover, says the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization focused on protecting Earth’s environment. This suggests that trees do much more than keep cities ...
To understand why artificial intelligence (AI) is a vital tool in today’s and tomorrow’s cybersecurity kit, we have to understand how the threat landscape is evolving and what threats internet users face on a daily basis. The evolving threat landscape The global threat landscape is changing. Internet consumers now face very different threats. On the […]
The promise of our urban areas being transformed into fully smart cities, towns or villages has been a long time coming. Many areas still lag behind in providing what many consider the bare basics of digital infrastructure, such as wireless connectivity. Our urban areas, however, needn’t do this blindly. Universities, stadiums and other large public […]
Nearly 90 percent of U.S. households used air conditioning in 2020, according to the latest survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This figure has been rising steadily over the past two decades. As our chart shows, central air conditioning equipment, which is used to cool an entire home, made up the majority of usage in the U.S. in […]
What’s soft, silvery-white and could make it harder for the world to go green? It might sound like the start of a joke, but it’s most certainly not one. The answer to the question is lithium, and the bad news for the world is that it potentially has nowhere near enough of it to power […]
“We are living in hell.” That’s how one person described the recent record-breaking heat wave in Pakistan. Earlier this year, Australia recorded its hottest day with a temperature of 50.7C on its western coast, while Delhi in India registered its highest-ever temperature of 49C in May. Meanwhile, recent days and weeks have seen mercury-busting readings across ...
Green water – the rainwater available to plants in the soil – is indispensable for life on and below the land. But in a new study, we found that widespread pressure on this resource has crossed a critical limit. The planetary boundaries framework – a concept that scientists first discussed in 2009 – identified nine processes that have […]
After decades of development and many trials and frustrations along the way, the James Webb Telescope has finally started to deliver what it came for. On July 12, Nasa released the first science observations made by the suite of instruments carried on board the mission, marking what we eagerly anticipate will be the beginning of a new era […]
For 20 years, the Schwab Foundation set about building one of the world’s foremost communities of accomplished social change leaders. It supports their impact journeys and provides a platform to amplify their voices and influence world leaders. In 2019, the Schwab Foundation Social Innovator of the Year Awards expanded to four categories to recognize a […]