Editor's note

Climate change will have a huge impact all over the world, especially in Africa. While a lot of attention has been given to agriculture and how changing weather patterns will affect output, there’s not been much on small and medium businesses. Kate Elizabeth Gannon and Declan Conway reveal how even small changes in rainfall will impact on water and electricity supplies in cities, with major consequences.

Meanwhile, Chui-Ling Tam explains why branding someone as a climate change denier isn’t very helpful. It’s simplistic to divide people into only two opposing camps of climate change - believers or deniers - and does not advance us to a world of collective effort to confront climate change.

Nontobeko Mtshali

Education Editor

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In Zambia businesses in the food processing sector, are in for a tough time. flickr/Simon Hess

Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Kate Elizabeth Gannon, London School of Economics and Political Science; Declan Conway, London School of Economics and Political Science

Water and power cuts prompted by reduced rainfall and drought in Southern Africa have caused major problems for business.

We are not doing a good job of communicating climate change. People have diverging interpretations of how climate change fits into their own stories. (Unsplash)

Why we should stop labelling people climate change deniers

Chui-Ling Tam, University of Calgary

We must recognize the complexity of perspectives on climate change if we want to confront it.

Politics + Society

Liberation hero Mugabe evokes polarised emotions among Zimbabweans

Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Free State

For many Zimbabweans Robert Mugabe will remain a contested figure.

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy

Luca Belli, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.

Health + Medicine

One test to diagnose them all: researchers exploit cancers’ unique DNA signature

Abu Sina, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, The University of Queensland; Matt Trau, The University of Queensland

Our research has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. We used this finding to develop a test that can detect cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.

Six problems that exclude disabled people in Indonesia from public life

Rezanti Putri Pramana, SMERU Research Institute

The failures to implement inclusive policy stem from various barriers created by both individuals and the government.

Environment + Energy

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