Exploring Global Problems
6. Circular economy: discouraging the throwaway culture

6. Circular economy: discouraging the throwaway culture

November 26, 2019
The UK produces 200 million tonnes of waste each year and one quarter of that goes to landfill. The resources that we need are becoming more and more scarce. 
 
Where are we going to get those critical raw materials for things like power generation and medical devices in the future? How do we start designing products so we recycle those resources and not just put them in landfill?
 
Associate Professor’s Gavin Bunting and Matthew Davies talk about the Circular Economy and Swansea University's work in next generation solar energy technology and how we are making sustainable renewable energy.
5. There’s more to life than money: how do we measure happiness?

5. There’s more to life than money: how do we measure happiness?

November 20, 2019

From supermarkets to high speed trains, politics to lottery tickets; economics is embedded in all that we do. Dr Simon Rudkin explains how economics isn’t just about maths and money; our happiness in our choices is paramount.

4. The devastating effects of “legal highs”

4. The devastating effects of “legal highs”

November 13, 2019

They were known as “legal highs”, and they pose a significant threat to public health. Programme Director for Pharmacy at Swansea Dr Amira Guirguis and Dr Sam Blaxland explore the relationship of vaping to recent deaths in America, and how Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) can be better understood, classified and treated.