Under Water

As higher temperatures lead to sea level rise and more extreme rainfall, a growing number of people around the world are living with catastrophic flooding. We find that the human and financial costs of flooding are already much higher, and much longer-lasting, than many think—even if you don’t live anywhere near the sea.

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Generation Activist

Adults younger than 40 are between, nine and 17 percent more likely to join in activism than those older than 40 -- a marked increase from the early 2000s, when under-40s were only three percent more likely to protest. Sometimes the street is a choice; sometimes it’s the only choice.

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Age Well

A key factor related to the health and even wealth of older people around the world is something remarkable simple: respect. And research shows that the way you view old age can determine how well you and your society age and even how long you live.

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Why Culture Matters for Demographics

Mother, daughter, grandaughter riding metro in japan. Aging, three generations.

With two days left in Paris, Lucian Perkins and I are roughly two thirds of the way through our field reporting for Orb’s transmedia story on ageing and eldercare. We’ve spoken to researchers, social scientists, care managers, elderly men and women and careworkers. Some of what I’ve learned bears out the data points I looked at before setting out. Other conversations offer additional clarity on trends. But some influencing factors have surfaced that I hadn’t taken into consideration.

Breaking Ground

It’s easy to dismiss this global destruction as an unfortunate environmental mishap, yet the ways we grow food are causing this destruction. Simply put, we need to apply new methods of growing food.

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