I must have been about eight when an older boy up the road told me a low flying passenger plane was a Russian bomber. Terrified, I ran into our house for shelter. My neighbour stood smiling, clearly tickled by my apparent belief that a slate roof and parents could stand in the way of a megaton of Soviet Cold War atomic arsenal.

That’s what we worried about in the early 80s. For kids now, climate change is what keeps them awake at night. For some the stress is deep, and disturbing. Gemma Ware and Dan Merino find out just how tough the crisis is for many young people in the latest episode of The Conversation Weekly. We also have continuing coverage of COP26 from across our global network of academic experts as it enters its critical final stages. And Christi van der Westhuizen reflects on the life of FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, who died yesterday.

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

Former South African President FW de Klerk photographed in Pretoria in 1989. EPA-EFE/Walter Dlhadlha (AFP/via Getty Images), via

FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

Christi van der Westhuizen, Nelson Mandela University

FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.

Afraid, sad and anxious: what climate change is doing to young people. Stephen Bell / Alamy Stock Photo

Ten years to 1.5°C: how climate anxiety is affecting young people around the world – podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation; Daniel Merino, The Conversation

Experts explain the latest evidence on eco-anxiety in The Conversation Weekly.

Dirk Schmeller

Climate change is transforming mountains – we must act to save them

Dirk Schmeller, Université de Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier

Mountain ecosystems are not as pristine as we may think – and climate change could trigger devastating transformations that will affect us all.

Prix Goncourt

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr on a TV show after winning the Prix Goncourt. Photo by Eric Fougere/Corbis via Getty Images

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr: Senegalese novelist’s win is a landmark for African literature

Caroline D. Laurent, American University of Paris (AUP)

He is the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to lift the Prix Goncourt, one of the book world’s most important prizes. And his win matters.