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Ocean plastic: clean it up, but avoid the mistakes of global climate policy

Fotos593 / shutterstock Malcolm David Hudson, University of Southampton In early December 2017 the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi announced a resolution on marine litter and microplastics. The move […]

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When the British government expects volunteers to help refugees, it’s back to the 1930s

Becky Taylor, University of East Anglia Refugees are awkward. Their arrivals are typically unpredictable and hard to anticipate. They raise immediate logistical difficulties, and frequently give rise to difficult diplomatic […]

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What Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel means for the Middle East

via shutterstock.com Spyros Sofos, Lund University and Vittorio Felci, Lund University Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and start preparations for the US to move […]

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Q+A: What’s going on with Brexit and the Irish border?

Connal Parr, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Edward Burke, University of Nottingham As Brexit negotiations reach a critical juncture, the question of what to do about the border between Ireland and […]

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Austerity is linked to increased deaths – the data is clear

Thabo Jaiyesimi/Shutterstock James Bentham, University of Kent A recent BMJ study showed that government cuts in England have caused extra deaths compared with trends before 2010. But how reliable are […]

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Disabled to ‘reap rewards’ of having a job

In a lovely end to November, the government has announced plans to get more disabled people back in work. 1 million more by 2027 is the government aim. ‘Improving lives: […]

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Citizen’s Advice welcomes changes to Universal Credit

Citizens Advice has today welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s changes to Universal Credit. In his Budget statement, the Chancellor announced the removal of the seven waiting days before a […]

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Underpaid, overworked and drowning in debt: you wonder why young people are voting again?

Paul Whiteley, University of Essex; Harold D Clarke, University of Texas at Dallas, and Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent The 2017 general election was highly unusual as far as the […]

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Having more, owning less: how to fight throwaway culture

Waffle making with rented waffle maker from the Library of things. Sebastian Wood/Library of Things Christine Cole, Nottingham Trent University and Alex Gnanapragasam, Nottingham Trent University Until the advent of […]

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Fifty years of gay rights but some in the British media are peddling the same homophobia

EddieCloud/www.shutterstock.com Michael Lovelock, Cardiff Metropolitan University On July 27 2017, it will be 50 years since the first major gay rights reform in British history. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 […]

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