Power for Good

The dramatic pictures we have seen of the devastation wrought in New York by Superstorm Sandy can only give us a general impression of the disruption caused to lives and livelihoods. Sandy was followed soon afterwards by a second powerful storm that compounded the damage and, days later, 70,000 people in the state remain without power, 10,000 as a result of the second storm.

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Conferences, exhibitions and expos not only serve industry, but have become an industry in themselves. Some focus on issues that are of interest to a very narrow range of specialists, whilst other cover such a breadth of topics that it can be difficult for delegates to find a common focus. The best, however, unite expertise, experience and knowledge, energise debate and move issues forwards in a way that would be hard to achieve in any other forum.

 

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The current debate in the UK about how the exam system can best support students to become effective future contributors to the country’s growth and economic well-being is a heated one. But for many countries, the challenges faced by schools are more fundamental. Add a comment

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For decades, Somalia has been regarded by many as the epitome of the failing state, ruled by warlords who have denied Somalis their own say in how they are governed and have prevented successful intervention by the international community. But a glimmer of optimism is now offered following the inauguration of Somalia's first national parliament in more than 20 years.

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Demand for electricity continues to escalate, but energy infrastructure is just not keeping pace and is unlikely to do so in the foreseeable future. At the same time, climate change is underpinning an increase in extreme weather conditions in areas that are quite unused to such phenomena.

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