Category Archive: 5.) The Economist

Nuclear power: the clean, green energy dream?

One of the keys to a smooth transition to a green economy is nuclear power. It's a proven alternative to fossil fuels—but the most important barriers to its adoption may not be what you think. 00:00 - The role of nuclear power 00:48 - The advantages of nuclear energy 01:41 - The problem with nuclear power 02:51 - Nuclear waste 03:58 - Storage options for nuclear waste Read more about nuclear power’s newest appeal: https://econ.st/3SyNAP4 Sign...

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High inflation: what you need to know

In many countries, inflation is at its highest level since the early 1980s, and consumers are feeling the pinch. What can be done to bring it under control? 00:00 - Global inflation is rising again 00:24 - What is inflation? 00:51 - Why is high inflation a concern? 01:40 - How to control inflation 03:00 - How monetary policy can tame inflation Sign up to our daily newsletter for the latest coverage: https://econ.st/3JrA0c5 Read more on our...

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How are offices changing? | The Economist

The pandemic and hybrid working have changed the very idea of the office. This is not only changing the design and purpose of offices, but the look of cities too. Chapters 00:00 - The office: a shifting concept 00:57 - What do future offices look like? 02:30 - The office as a social destination 03:20 - The rising demand for flexible work 04:06 - How should hybrid employees be managed? 06:01 - Will hybrid work worsen gender inequality? 06:36 -...

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The global food crisis, explained

The war in Ukraine threatens the world with unprecedented hunger. Even with a deal in place to get Ukraine's food exports moving, serious weaknesses in the global food system would remain. Can anything be done to prevent future crises?

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Black holes: why they matter

NASA’s James Webb Telescope has captured this stunning image of stars around a black hole. Yet black holes remain among the biggest mysteries of the universe. What are they and why are they so important?

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Boris Johnson resigns: what happens next?

After weeks of clinging on, Boris Johnson has agreed to resign as British prime minister. What happens now, and what challenges will his successor face? 00:00 - Boris Johnson’s resignation 00:29 - Will the Tory party persist with populism? 01:14 - Britain’s economy 02:21 - War in Ukraine 03:09 - Brexit 04:00 - Britain’s reputation Why Boris Johnson should go immediately: https://econ.st/3ykyjby The toxicity of Boris Johnson and how it...

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How China crushed Hong Kong

In 1997 China promised to protect Hong Kong's freedoms for the next five decades—but just 25 years after the handover, Hong Kong is now a police state. So how did China crush Hong Kong? 00:00 - How China crushed Hong Kong 00:44 - Tiananmen square massacre vigil banned 02:37 - China’s ambition since 1842: reclaim Hong Kong 04:16 - How China needed Hong Kong’s booming business 05:30 - President Xi’s aim to crush Hong Kong 07:30 - How China...

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How gene editing could reduce the cost of cosmetics

The cosmetics business has exploited natural resources for centuries. With consumers now demanding more sustainable products, gene-editing technology could give the industry a makeover—and make cosmetics cheaper. 00:00 - Could gene editing make cosmetics more sustainable? 01:01 - Hunting sharks for skincare 02:58 - How does synthetic biology work? 05:39 - What is the environmental cost of plant-based cosmetics? 07:45 - Can engineered microbes...

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Alien life: are we about to find it?

The thought of finding alien life has fascinated people since the time of the ancient Greeks—but developments in astrobiology could be about to turn this possibility into reality. How do you hunt for life beyond Earth—and might this be the decade when we find it? 00:00 - Is there life beyond Earth? 00:56 - How has the search for life evolved? 02:36 - What signs of life are scientists looking for? 03:48 - What are biosignatures? 04:28 - How to find...

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War in Ukraine: is Putin ill? | The Economist

Speculation about Vladimir Putin’s health has intensified since the start of the war in Ukraine—including rumours of blood cancer, Parkinson’s and paranoia. Could the Russian dictator be seriously ill? 00:00 - Is Putin sick? 00:52 - What’s driving the speculations of Putin’s ill health? 03:24 - What do the rumours suggest about Putin's power? 04:16 - The future of the Kremlin Sign up to our daily newsletter for the latest coverage:...

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How does raising interest rates control inflation? | The Economist

When central banks raise interest rates, the impact is felt far and wide. Mortgages become more expensive, house prices might fall and unemployment can rise. So why do central banks do it? This film tells you why. 00:00 - Why should you care about rising interest rates? 00:45 - What are interest rates? 01:36 - What do central banks do? 02:14 - Why do central banks raise interest rates? 03:12 - How do raised interest rates affect consumers? 04:30 -...

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War in Ukraine: how has the world changed? | The Economist

It’s been more than three months since Russian tanks rolled across the border into Ukraine. The global impact—from the isolation of Russia to the hit on the world economy—has been far-reaching. Our experts explain how the invasion has fundamentally changed the world for the foreseeable future. 0:00 - The Ukraine war: three months that shook the world 0:45 - In what ways has the world been affected? 2:54 - Russia’s struggles in Ukraine 4:18 -...

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China in Africa: should the West be worried? | The Economist

In the past 20 years, China has built ever closer bonds with African nations. It has spent billions transforming infrastructure across the continent, and extending its influence into politics and society. It even placed its only overseas military base there. How worried should the West be? 00:00 - China in Africa: should the West be worried? 00:50 - The start of the relationship: transforming Africa’s infrastructure 02:49 - Africa’s diplomatic...

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Could Ethiopia’s war in Tigray spark conflict with Sudan? | The Economist

Recent events have revived a century-old border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan over al-Fashaga—a fertile region that both countries claim as their own. Could these tensions throw the entire region into conflict? 00:00 - The border dispute: Sudan and Ethiopia 00:58 - The history of the dispute 02:33 - How does Abiy Ahmed worsen tensions 03:55 - Trouble in Tigray 04:38 - The return of civil war in Ethiopia 05:07 - Sudan reclaims al-Fashaga...

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War in Ukraine: the emerging global food crisis | The Economist

The impact of the war in Ukraine is spreading across the world — global food supplies are now threatened. The Economist’s experts consider the consequences, and discuss how the addition of Finland and Sweden will change the NATO alliance. 0:00 - War in Ukraine: the global impact 1:30 - How Ukraine's agriculture is adapting to the war 2:20 - The world depends on Ukrainian and Russian exports 4:22 - The war’s impact on global supply chains 5:10 -...

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Why oligarchs choose London for their dirty money | The Economist

Britain is one of the best places in the world to launder dirty money. Our new film tells you why—and asks whether that's likely to change. 00:00 - Welcome to Londongrad 01:07 - Londongrad by design: a history 04:28 - How does British law help money laundering? 06:57 - How dirty money is hidden in property 09:26 - Why Britain's anti-corruption efforts fall short 10:49 - Does oligarch money actually benefit Britain? 12:08 - How can Britain get it...

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War in Ukraine: why is Russia’s army so weak? | The Economist

As Russia celebrates Victory Day, our defence correspondent considers why the Russian army has performed so badly in Ukraine. 00:00 - The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine 00:40 - Why has the Russian army struggled in Ukraine? 02:00 - What’s behind Russia’s brutal warfare? 03:27 - Donbas: the next frontier Sign up to our daily newsletter for the latest coverage: https://econ.st/38atDfd Russian soldiers appear to be dying...

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Abortion and the Supreme Court: what’s at stake? | The Economist

A leaked draft opinion suggests the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the right to abortion in America. If this ruling goes ahead, women's rights are in danger. 00:00 - Abortion rights are under threat 00:45 - Why the leak was unprecedented 01:35 - Women’s rights and lives are in danger 02:22 - Will this be the first constitutional right to be erased? 02:50 - Could other constitutional rights be struck down? 04:16 - Are Americans losing trust...

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Press freedom: why you should be worried | The Economist

Global press freedom is facing its greatest challenge in decades—not just in authoritarian countries, but in democracies too. Governments are using more subtle tactics to muzzle the media. What’s going on and why is it so worrying? 00:00 – Introduction: global press freedom is in decline 01:08 – How journalists are being harassed and silenced in India 04:00 – The decline of press freedom in democracies 06:53 – Press freedom in Malta: the murder...

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Rape in the British military: women speak out | The Economist

Almost two-thirds of women in the British armed forces have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or discrimination, yet few report their experience because of a culture of fear and impunity. What creates this culture, and how can it be addressed? 00:00 - Sexual harrassment in the British armed forces 01:17 - A culture of sexual harrassment 05:03 - Harassment can lead to serious assault 06:59 - Why women are often silenced by the military 10:30...

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