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United Nations ActNow campaign joins forces with award-winning Baobab Studios to...

Baobab’s latest virtual reality experience, ‘Baba Yaga,’ debuting in January 2021 and starring Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson and Glenn Close, is centered on the theme of ecological preservation. It invites viewers to a haunting fairytale world where their choices determine whether humanity and nature can live in balance. “Just like in ‘Baba Yaga,’…

My time as a Biosciences student at Durham

My first experience of biology at Durham was through a summer placement that I took in my first year of sixth form. This introduced me to the Biosciences Department, for me the standout factors were its working environment and resources. The department had a friendly feel, all of the staff were welcoming and the resources…

New COVID-19 infections fall globally for first time since September; WHO...

Updating reporters during his regular briefing from Geneva, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the global decline as fragile: brought on by falling cases in Europe, thanks to the difficult but necessary measures countries put in place in recent weeks. "The pandemic has taught that in the face of an urgent health threat, the 🌍 can…

Locked down and staying fit with Team Durham!

Hi! My name is Olivia and I am a 2nd year studying Maths. I am also a member of Durham University tennis which normally takes up a lot of my time (check out my ‘Team Durham Student-Athlete Experience’ blog I did this time last year and my ‘Day in the Life’ Instagram story for @thedurhamstudent. However, with the…

Choosing University and why I chose Durham

Things to consider Deciding which university you want to go to is incredibly daunting and having lots of universities to choose from can feel very overwhelming. To keep me focused during the process of narrowing down my choices, I would always ask myself the following questions: Does this university offer the course(s) I am interested…

Backed by space technology, Asia-Pacific countries power sustainable development

Released on Wednesday, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Development showcases examples from the region’s countries employing applications of space technology to advance sustainable development.   “Night-light” satellite images monitoring the impact of lockdowns, “heatmaps” to chart out communities vulnerable to the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences, real-time…

A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the fastest growing food-production sectors in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reaching an all-time record high of 114.5 million tonnes in 2018. Asian countries continue to account for the vast majority of farmed fish production, some 90 per cent over the last two…

UN campaign empowers kids to take climate action and protect the...

Press release UN campaign empowers kids to take climate action and protect the planet   Superheroes mobilize children under 12 to recycle, save water and energy New York, 6 November 2020 – Building on the growing momentum for climate action, the United Nations is broadening its engagement of global audiences. A new campaign will empower…

‘If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus...

“Public health is more than medicine and science and it is bigger than any individual and there is hope that if we invest in health systems…we can bring this virus under control and go forward together to tackle other challenges of our times”, UN World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in a…

2020 Climate Action Award winners shine rays of hope

While COVID-19 is the world’s most clear and present danger, climate change is a menace that threatens all future generations, according to the head of the UN climate change convention. “The last eight months have been a nightmare for many throughout the world”, said UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa,…

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