Discussing global issues among the iguanas

by Eva Amsen

Medellín’s botanical gardens were the perfect backdrop for the World Conference of Science Journalists 2023. We bonded over food, discussed science journalism challenges and were collectively amused by the large iguanas that casually wandered into some of the outdoor conference sessions.

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Fusion energy: is it the answer to all our woes, or a solution that will never arrive?

by Steve Hall

I travelled to the conference expecting to be surrounded by egocentric ‘hacks’ that were either too timid to challenge the status quo or too comfortable to upset their funding streams. What I found were people determined to make a difference to the world they lived in through their writing. Collaboration was evident in almost all of the workshops and discussions during the conference, with industry, NGOs (non-governmental organisations) universities, communities, and governments all having a role to play.

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Empowerment, trust and iguanas: the World Conference of Science Journalists 2023

by Mun-Keat Looi

No surprise that the Colombian organising committee put biodiversity, biopiracy and climate change at the top of their keynotes. It’s the citizens of the ‘Global South ’-- low- and middle-income countries like Colombia – that are most affected by the plundering of natural resources, flora, fauna and knowledge by colonialists, and later capitalists, from the global North. It’s also they who are most affected by climate change.

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