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Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi

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Esther Ngumbi is Assistant Professor of Entomology and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  1. More Floods Mean Worse Soil
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    More Floods Mean Worse Soil

    Oct 26, 2023 Esther Ngumbi shows how extreme wet conditions can damage the symbiotic ecosystem that underpins our food system.

  2. Tackling America’s Racial Disparities in Science
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    Tackling America’s Racial Disparities in Science

    Jan 29, 2021 Esther Ngumbi proposes four ways to increase the representation of women and people of color in STEM fields.

  3. Is the Rebellion Against Science Over?
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    Is the Rebellion Against Science Over?

    Oct 6, 2020 Esther Ngumbi reflects on how science, its public standing, and its role in policymaking have fared during the pandemic.

  4. A Pandemic of Hunger
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    A Pandemic of Hunger

    May 12, 2020 Esther Ngumbi warns that the COVID-19 crisis is aggravating food insecurity in developing and developed countries alike.

  5. Putting a Price on Soil
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    Putting a Price on Soil

    Jan 3, 2020 Esther Ngumbi asks what we need to do to get more people to care about such a strategic asset as soils.

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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.
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    The New EU Leadership Must Unite on China

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges whoever takes over the bloc's foreign-policy portfolio to do more to deter Chinese aggression.
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    The Evolution of Empire

    John Andrews

    The history of Britain's conquest of India and humiliation of China shows that empire is very much still with us today. Though Americans tend to bristle at the idea, their own military, technological, and commercial power is as imperial and pervasive as Britain’s territorial dominance ever was.

    traces the enduring role of imperial power from the eighteenth century to the present.
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    If Democracy Isn’t Pro-Worker, It Will Die

    Daron Acemoglu argues that populists are making inroads because industrialized economies aren't delivering what was promised.
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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville thinks political stalemate is a greater threat to European stability than a far-right government.
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    A Far-Right Resurgence in Europe?

    Many observers breathed a sigh of relief at the results of the European Parliament elections, because the widely predicted far-right surge did not dislodge traditional conservatives. But even if far-right forces do not dominate the next European Parliament, they have gained ground, particularly in France and Germany. Can mainstream politicians and parties reverse this trend?

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