The Trial of the Century (Project-Syndicate)

Will 21 young plaintiffs ultimately be able to persuade a conservative-dominated US Supreme Court that the federal government is violating their constitutional right to a livable planet? It depends on whether the Court is willing to heed the scientific evidence.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/climate-change-trial-of-the-century-juliana-v-united-states-by-peter-singer-2018-09

PETER SINGER

Education in the Age of Automation (Project-Syndicate)

The race is on between technology and education. The outcome will determine whether the opportunities presented by major innovations are seized, and whether the benefits of progress are widely shared.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/skills-training-education-for-automation-by-lee-jong-wha-2018-09

Africa’s Women Belong at the Top (Project-Syndicate)

Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, cultural, political, and economic biases are conspiring to keep talented women from pursuing leadership positions. To give more young women the opportunity to develop their talents and put their skills to work, today’s leaders must clear a path for the female leaders of tomorrow.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/political-leadership-gender-equality-in-africa-by-joyce-banda-2018-09

JOYCE BANDA

Global Warming’s Paper Trail (Project-Syndicate)

In the 1980s, big oil companies carried out internal assessments of how their products’ emissions might affect the planet. Despite findings linking fossil fuels to ecological damage and global warming, the industry kept their data secret, and then lied about it, potentially dooming the rest of us as a result.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/secret-energy-industry-research-on-global-warming-by-benjamin-franta-2018-09

BENJAMIN FRANTA

Where next, Jack Ma? (The Interpreter)

On the morning of Monday 10 September, China’s most famous billionaire announced plans to step down as head of the company he founded. Jack Ma (马云) revealed he would leave his role as executive chairman of Alibaba Group, the e-commerce and internet behemoth that he has led for its entire 19-year existence.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/where-next-jack-ma

Elliott Zaagman