Jacelyn Yap

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EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

Climate commissioner hails ‘strong signal’ ahead of global Paris summit but key aspects of deal left vague or voluntary<p>European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.<p>But key aspects of the deal that will form a …

Malala Yousafzai learns of Nobel win while sitting in chemistry class

Youngest Nobel peace prize winner says the award signals ‘only the start’ of her campaigning for child education<p>Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai revealed she learnt she had won the Nobel peace prize in her chemistry lesson, as she spoke of her honour at receiving the accolade.<p>Speaking after …

José Mujica: is this the world’s most radical president?

Uruguay’s José Mujica lives in a tiny house rather than the presidential palace, and gives away 90% of his salary. He’s legalised marijuana and gay marriage. But his greatest legacy is governing without giving up his revolutionary ideals<p>Emo Mannise was just 16 when he met Uruguay’s current …

Will All Buildings Be Carbon Neutral by 2050?

By now solar energy is old news. Running a car via veggie oil is uncommon but not shocking. So what’s the next big move for environmentally friendly design? We think inventions like Lono and Edyn are strong contenders, but there’s something even more impressive on the horizon: net-zero buildings.<p>A …

Solar Power

WTF: These Temporary Tattoos LIGHT UP On Your Skin!

Our jaws dropped at the discovery of flexible 3D printed jewelry (filament that drapes like fabric? No way! YES WAY!), and now another high-tech material has been reimagined into something so fluid that you can adhere it completely to your skin like a temporary tattoo — seriously, and we’ll get to …

Body Art

Edible Water Blobs = the Water Bottles of the Future

Yes, that thing that kind of looks like a giant clear Gusher (or at least that’s how we imagine the experience of imbibing H2O with it would be like) might replace your Dasani bottles someday. Its name is Ooho! which is also probably the sound you made when you saw this, admit it.<p>While Amazi is an …

Biodegradation

Major palm oil companies accused of breaking ethical promises

Large plantations are destroying forests, damaging wildlife and causing social conflict in Asia and Africa, report finds<p>Large palm oil companies that have promised to act ethically have been accused of land grabbing, ignoring human rights and exploiting labour in their African and Asian plantations.<p>…

Runaway Global Emissions Make the Two-Degree Global Warming Limit Highly Unlikely

Global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be eight to 12 billion tonnes higher than target levels in 2020, which means the hope of limiting …

Climate Change

South Africa's rape problem: why the crime remains under-reported

Armed struggle against apartheid and violent backlash that followed have led to a normalisation of violence, say experts<p>Johannesburg's glitzy shopping arcades, restaurants and leafy suburbs have come to represent the confident, successful face of South Africa. But there is also a violence here, …

Wardrobing: why returning worn clothes is the latest fashion

If stores are worried about return fraud, perhaps they could meet us halfway and rent clothes out instead?<p>I remember the last time I did it. My biggest worry was that my heartbeat would give me away. I took a deep breath, told myself to maintain eye contact, drew myself up to my full height and …