• Science

    Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption | Environment

    The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises. The 17 experts, including Prof Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb, and scientists from Mexico, Australia and the US, say the planet is in a much worse state than most people – even scientists – understood. “The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms – including humanity – is in fact so great that it is difficult…

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  • Education

    COVID-19 fuelling education’s tech disruption, deepening digital divide

    TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic deepened inequities in accessing and benefiting from education but the future of learning could be a more equal one, participants told Reuters Next panels on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Nine-year-old Bacho Tsiklauri writes in a school book during a lesson, at a school in the village of Makarta, some 100 km (62 miles) north of Tbilisi, Georgia, April 10, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File Photo The pandemic hastened a rise in virtual learning and a disruption of the status quo already under way but probably won’t eliminate in-person instruction for good, they said. COVID-19 forced the University of Oxford and myriad other schools online amid COVID…

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  • Education

    Education more ripe for disruption than nearly any industry: Scott Galloway

    Higher education is more ready for major change than any other industry, perhaps with the exception of healthcare, NYU professor Scott Galloway said during Insider’s “Access, Equity, and the Future of Education” virtual event Wednesday. According to Galloway, colleges and universities need to embrace hybrid learning models in order to expand access to education and serve the public better.  During the event, speakers shared their thoughts on the how the pandemic has shifted the education landscape, where it’s headed in the future, and how to make it more equitable. Click here to watch the full virtual event.  The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the education landscape as it’s forced students from…

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