Editor's note

It’s rare among mammal species for fathers to be actively involved in caring for their young. Mountain gorillas are among those that buck the trend - they even care for infants that aren’t their own. Stacy Rosenbaum explains why and how it ensures these males end up fathering more infants.

The city of Katowice in Poland is hosting a truly global gathering this week: representatives from most of the world’s nations will be attending the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Federica Genovese unpacks the issues on the table, while Hugh Hunt explains what emergency measures are needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East Africa

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Some male gorillas regularly hold, play and groom infants. Frank Cornelissen/Shutterstock

The more male gorillas look after young, the more young they’re likely to have

Stacy Rosenbaum, University of California, Los Angeles

Male gorillas who spend more time with infants are expected to sire about 5 times more babies.


COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland. Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

COP24: here’s what to expect

Federica Genovese, University of Essex

Climate change conferences can be bewildering. Here's a recap of how we got here, what to look out for at COP24 and what comes next.

The calm before the storm. Ricardo Tongo/EPA

COP24: here’s what must be agreed to keep warming at 1.5°C

Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge

Earth is fast approaching the red lines that scientists have urged temperatures cannot cross if we have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Here are the emergency measures we need.

Arts + Culture

What Mandela and Fanon learned from Algeria’s revolution in the 1950s

Charles Villet, Monash University

The Algerian revolution had a profound effect on both Mandela and Fanon's thinking about colonisation, oppression and freedom.

How where you’re born influences the person you become

Samuel Putnam, Bowdoin College; Masha A. Gartstein, Washington State University

Children in countries like South Korea and Russia are more obedient, while American kids tend to be more self-indulgent.

Politics + Society

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