Spotlight Economics

The housing theory of everything

Western housing shortages do not just prevent many from ever affording their own home. They also drive inequality, climate change, low productivity growth, obesity, and even falling fertility rates.

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Words by Sam Bowman & John Myers & Ben Southwood

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Spotlight Science

How we fixed the ozone layer

The story behind humanity's greatest environmental success is too rarely told and too often taken for granted. This is how humanity fixed the ozone layer and why it matters.

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Words by Hannah Ritchie

How we fixed the ozone layer
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Spotlight Science

The great reinforcer

Alongside all the successes of science in the Covid era, the pandemic has also sparked an outbreak of viral misinformation and sloppy research, revealing the glaring flaws in our scientific system.

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Words by Stuart Ritchie

The great reinforcer
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Spotlight Culture

The daily grind

Before grinding mills were invented, the preparation of flour for food was an arduous task largely carried out by women for hours every day. How did it affect their lives and why does it remain a tradition in some places even today?

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Words by Rachel Laudan

The daily grind
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Spotlight Politics

Epidemic disease and the state

Western democracies appear to have floundered in their responses to Covid-19. Is there a relationship between health and freedom, and can it be unraveled?

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Words by Mark Koyama

Epidemic disease and the state
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