THE ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES WERE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OUR FIRST ISSUE OF THE YEAR, WHICH HAD A FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

Tom Harrison asks if the West’s comfort and access to technology has caused us to lose our empathy for the refugees desperately trying to join us.

Tom Grimes asks people to question current attitudes to nuclear power, and if they should change.

Themes co-Editor Lizzy Yarwood surveys developments in transgender culture across the Middle East and Asia.

Jamie Taylor analyses the viral videos that rapidly flood our newsfeeds alongside the political soundbites that emanate from our television screens.

Remi Williams, a student on placement at the Midlands Fertility Centre, examines if the capability of cryopreservation of eggs has been overstated.

Anna Carey asks if we can represent climate change more effectively than the static image of the stranded polar bear.

Sohrab Najle-rahim discusses why Malaysian social movements’ calls for an end to corruption, the protection of indigenous communities, and the need for greater climate consciousness are all part of the same struggle.

Jordan Hindson explains why the Spanish Civil War was such attractive subject matter for twentieth-century artists and intellectuals, and explores the immortal works that they produced in response to the conflict.

Amel Mukhtar analyses how corporations are utilising the digital platform for exploitative profit in light of an unlikely case-study: Warwick’s digital launderette.

Sophie Monk argues that BP’s promotion of LGBT rights is a corporate facade.