Editor's note

Nearly a third of all fish products don’t match the species stated on the label or food menu. This is either deliberate - when companies want to make more profit by passing off a lower value species for more expensive ones - or because of misidentification. Jaco Barendse explains that to prevent seafood fraud consumers must demand that companies use systems that certify where the product comes from.

Felix Tshisekedi has been the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo for just a month. The election outcome has been accepted by all parties, but questions remain about where power really lies in the country and whether he can exercise power to run the country. As Albert Kasanda argues, the hard truth is that Tshisekedi will probably be forced to enter into an alliance, or he’ll have to form a coalition with his opponents. Both are unfavourable.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East Africa

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There’s a huge amount of seafood variety that can come in many forms. Dulce Rubia/Shutterstock

What’s on your plate? How certification can prevent seafood fraud

Jaco Barendse, Nelson Mandela University

Our new paper titled ‘DNA barcoding validates species labelling of certified seafood’ presents the largest and most comprehensive assessment of MSC-labelled products to date.

Former DRC President Joseph Kabila congratulates President Felix Tshisekedi at his inauguration. EPA-EFE/Hugh Kinsella Cunningham

Collaboration or coalition? Tshisekedi’s tough choices as leader of the DRC

Albert Kasanda, Czech Academy of Sciences

The Democratic Republic of Congo's new leader Felix Tshisekedi is being undermined by the outgoing regime of Joseph Kabila.

Business + Economy

Why Kenya must take control of sand harvesting off its coast

David Obura, The University of Queensland

Kenya needs a national strategic environmental assessment which focuses on the use of sand for large scale construction.

Why Kenyans are going hungry months after a bumper maize crop

Timothy Njagi Njeru, Egerton University

The availability of data and evidence in the agricultural sector is critical for decision making

Environment + Energy

Safari tourism may make elephants more aggressive – but it’s still the best tool for conservation

Isabelle Szott, Liverpool John Moores University; Nicola F. Koyama, Liverpool John Moores University

Wildlife tourism is a million dollar industry, but do we know enough about how wildlife feel about tourists in their habitat?

Hurricanes to deliver a bigger punch to coasts

Ryan P. Mulligan, Queen's University, Ontario

Climate change is making hurricanes more destructive, and may have boosted the intensity of cyclone Idai that hit East Africa last week.

From our international editions

Brexit deadline extended: why Brussels chose these dates and what happens now

Nieves Perez-Solorzano, University of Bristol

Decades of consensus building have enabled the EU27 to show remarkable resilience and flexibility, despite chaos on the UK side

Donald Trump: Golan Heights bombshell reverses 40 years of US policy and throws Middle East into turmoil

Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham

The US president's tweet declaring the US would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory was unexpected and will do nothing for regional stability.

Will the New Zealand gun law changes prevent future mass shootings?

Rick Sarre, University of South Australia

Evidence from Australia shows the Ardern government's moves to eliminate certain firearms from New Zealand will improve community safety.

Why dangerous asteroids heading to Earth are so hard to detect

Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland

We're finding more near-Earth objects all the time, and the challenge is to identify those that could potentially hit us. So how come we missed one that caused a huge blast in December?

En français

Pourquoi les zèbres ont-ils des rayures ?

Tim Caro, University of California, Davis; Martin How, University of Bristol

Nous venons de prouver que les rayures agissent comme un répulsif naturel à insectes.

Un médicament sans brevet pour vaincre enfin la maladie du sommeil

Stéphanie Leyronas, Agence française de développement (AFD); Benjamin Coriat, Université Paris 13 – USPC; Nadège Legroux, Agence française de développement (AFD)

L’histoire du tout nouveau médicament contre la maladie du sommeil mérite qu’on s’y arrête. Elle illustre la puissance des innovations « en communs » dans le domaine de la santé publique.


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