Railway workers, teachers and emergency room medics launched one of the biggest public sector strikes in France for decades on Thursday, determined to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon plans to overhaul France's generous pension system.
Public anxiety is growing over the United Kingdom's National Health Service — a national institution that guarantees tax-funded medical care to anyone in the UK. But parts of the NHS have begun to erode in the last decade — and there are concerns about US involvement in the system.
Susan "Zanny" Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of the Economist, speaks with Marco Werman about the impact a global recession could have on politics around the world, and the long-term trade ramifications of Brexit.
Earth’s rainforests are astonishingly biodiverse ecosystems that can drive the climates of faraway continents, but they’re disappearing in the name of the kind of economic development that values rainforests more when logged, mined, or turned into farmland. A new book argues that the world’s rainforests are most valuable when kept intact.
Plastic has long been made from oil, but today it’s increasingly made from ethane, a component of natural gas. To turn ethane into the building block of plastic, petrochemical companies are investing in ethane cracker plants, raising concerns about what these facilities could mean for air pollution and climate change.