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Just how green is nuclear power?
Engineer with fuel rod handling machine in nuclear power station
Energy

Just how green is nuclear power?

Nuclear power is certainly very clean in terms of carbon emissions, but what about the radioactive waste produced as a byproduct? It’s not as much of …
22 Jan 2022
Cladding crisis: what new proposals for mean for housebuilders and leaseholders
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Property

Cladding crisis: what new proposals for mean for housebuilders and leaseholders

The government is seeking an extra £4bn from house developers to fix the UK’s cladding crisis. Saloni Sardana explains how the new proposals affect bo…
17 Jan 2022
What's driving the cost of living crisis?
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

What's driving the cost of living crisis?

Soaring bills, inflation and tax rises are about to squeeze household incomes. And it doesn’t seem that there is much the government can do about it.
15 Jan 2022
How China is cornering the market for electric-car batteries
Raw cobalt on a conveyor
Industrial metals

How China is cornering the market for electric-car batteries

The West is sleepwalking into a situation where it has traded its old reliance on Middle East oil for dependence on key metals controlled by China. Th…
8 Jan 2022
Myanmar: a coup, a civil war, a crisis and China
Burning town in Myanmar
Emerging markets

Myanmar: a coup, a civil war, a crisis and China

Myanmar was heading in the right direction after decades of isolation before the army seized control again in February. Now the outlook is increasingl…
24 Dec 2021
Germany’s new government marks a radical transformation
EU Economy

Germany’s new government marks a radical transformation

New chancellor Olaf Scholz, who takes the reins from Angela Merkel, was in many ways the continuity candidate. But his government has radical plans fo…
10 Dec 2021
NFTs: what are they and why are they so popular?
Bitcoin & crypto

NFTs: what are they and why are they so popular?

The NFT market has been on a rollercoaster ride in 2021 starting with the $69m sale of a digital artwork backed by a cryptographic token known as an “…
8 Dec 2021
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How should we go about “levelling up” Britain?
UK Economy

How should we go about “levelling up” Britain?

“Levelling up”, long a mantra of Boris Johnson’s government, now has a minister and a department in charge of delivering it. But will they succeed?
4 Dec 2021
Backtracking on HS2: the state of high-speed rail in the UK
UK Economy

Backtracking on HS2: the state of high-speed rail in the UK

The government has found a reverse gear on the controversial high-speed rail project. But does backing out now make sense?
26 Nov 2021
How the return of nuclear power can help get us to net zero
Energy

How the return of nuclear power can help get us to net zero

Nuclear power was the future once – and now it seems it is again as governments look for ways to meet their net-zero targets.
20 Nov 2021
What is the “metaverse” and what does it mean for investors?
Tech stocks

What is the “metaverse” and what does it mean for investors?

Not content with conquering space, adventurous billionaires now want us to get inside the “metaverse” and start up new lives there. Will it happen?
12 Nov 2021
Will the COP26 climate summit be a success?
Economy

Will the COP26 climate summit be a success?

World leaders are currently meeting at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow to commit to measures to stop catastrophic global warming. Will they produc…
6 Nov 2021
The huge potential of mRNA technology
Biotech stocks

The huge potential of mRNA technology

The new technology made its name when it delivered Covid-19 vaccines in record time. But it could be pressed into use in many other areas too. Simon W…
28 Oct 2021
Why fed-up workers are quitting their jobs
Economy

Why fed-up workers are quitting their jobs

Workers are leaving their jobs at an astonishing rate, especially in the US, leading to a shortage of workers. What will that mean for our economies? …
22 Oct 2021
Whistleblower allegations – where now for Facebook?
Tech stocks

Whistleblower allegations – where now for Facebook?

Facebook has come in for some fierce criticism after revelations from a former employee. Just how much damage has been done?
16 Oct 2021
How the Pandora papers leak shames Britain
Global Economy

How the Pandora papers leak shames Britain

Yet another trove of leaked information has thrown a spotlight on the shady dealings of the rich and powerful. The implications for the UK aren’t pret…
9 Oct 2021
The legacy of Angela Merkel
People

The legacy of Angela Merkel

German leader Angela Merkel is leaving office to spend more time with her family after 16 years at the helm. But what has she got to show for it?
1 Oct 2021
What is the US “debt ceiling” and what happens if it is not raised?
US Economy

What is the US “debt ceiling” and what happens if it is not raised?

The US government has hit its self-imposed spending limit. Unless that limit is raised, the government will run out of money. Saloni Sardana explains …
30 Sep 2021
What do higher oil prices mean for investors? 
Oil

What do higher oil prices mean for investors? 

The oil price has hit its highest in three years as post-pandemic demand rebounds. Saloni Sardana looks at what's going on and how it could affect you…
29 Sep 2021
Why are people panicking about fuel shortages?
UK Economy

Why are people panicking about fuel shortages?

With huge queues forming at petrol stations around the country, Saloni Sardana looks at the reasons behind the fuel shortage and asks how long it's l…
28 Sep 2021
What's behind Britain’s looming energy crisis
Energy

What's behind Britain’s looming energy crisis

Global natural gas prices have soared as resurgent demand collides with supply disruptions. The UK is especially vulnerable and could be heading for a…
24 Sep 2021
Why is the UK short of CO2 and what does it mean for you?
UK Economy

Why is the UK short of CO2 and what does it mean for you?

The UK is experiencing a carbon dioxide shortage that could lead to empty shelves in supermarkets. Saloni Sardana explains what’s going on and how it …
21 Sep 2021