• Why China is winning the war in Ukraine

    Moscow may have done the fighting, but Beijing is reaping the rewards

    December 2015716

    Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council

  • Expert view: Is Algeria losing its head?

    Rumblings as president remains hidden from view

    December 2015716Dr Claire Spencer
  • Saving the seas: Marine sanctuaries are only a drop in the ocean

    Vast swathes of the seas are being declared protected areas to preserve marine life. But they are not fully protected and are only a small part of the solution

    December 2015716

    Dr Susan Gubbay, independent expert on the policy and management of marine protected areas 

  • Diet and climate change: the heat from the meat

    The graph shows how meat consumption tends to increase with rising income, until it reaches a plateau in developed countries. Cultural factors also play a part: Brazil has a tradition of meat eating, Japan less so. As incomes rise in emerging and developing countries, meat consumption is forecast to increase by 76 per cent by mid-century. 

    December 2015716

    WT Staff

  • Saving the seas: Easter Island’s marine haven

    Conservationists are delighted, but some islanders are circumspect about the announcement of a vast marine protected area in their waters

    December 2015716

    James Grant-Peterkin has been living on Easter Island for 15 years. He is the Honorary British Consul on the island and author of A Companion to Easter Island

  • New Silk Road: Investors plan their journey

    More than 4,000 project proposals have been filed with the organization in charge of Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative which is designed to improve infrastructure in 60 countries from China to Europe. The high level of interest does not mean that the One Belt, One Road project is ready to take concrete form, though. 

    December 2015716

    WT Staff

  • Saving the seas: How cod is coming back from the brink

    The efforts of North Sea fisheries to save depleted cod stocks could be a model for other areas blighted by overfishing

    December 2015716

    Samuel Stone, fisheries and aquaculture programme coordinator at the Marine Conservation Society  www.mcsuk.org

  • Don’t put your money on a unicorn

    Everyone agrees that 2013 was a good year for spotting unicorns. No fewer than 39 of the beasts were sighted. In previous decades there had been on average four born a year. But the once shy beast has become increasingly common, at least in California. As 2015 drew to a close, there were 69 recorded births this year. 

    December 2015716

    WT Staff

  • Quiz of the year

    Test your knowledge of the world in our annual quiz

    December 2015716

    WT Staff

  • Jargonbuster: Skirting around

    The habit of using long words where short ones will do has spawned a small dictionary of business-speak, and today’s first example is ‘monetization’. It became a vogue phrase in the early days of the internet, when newspapers started to put their articles online and then scratched their heads over how to make money out of them. Then it was adopted by people whose videos of their children doing funny things became popular on YouTube, and who wondered if they could cash in on their exhibitionism. 

    December 2015716

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