Nobel Prize

Two American economists win Nobel Prize for work on climate change

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American economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer were awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics on Monday for their work on how climate change impacts the economy, AP reports.

The big picture: Though they work separately, the two economists have tackled climate change from different angles. Nordhaus' work has called for a universal carbon tax while Romer "has studied the way innovation drives prosperity." The win comes just hours after the release of a new UN report that says — without an unprecedented worldwide effort — key global warming targets could soon slip out of reach.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to two activists fighting sexual violence

Nadia Murad (left). Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images. Dr. Denis Mukwege (right). Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images.

Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end "sexual violence as a weapon of war," the Nobel Committee said Friday.

The details: Mukwege, a 63-year-old Congolese gynecological surgeon, treats victims of gang rape, and Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Iraqi Yazidi who was raped and held captive by ISIS, has spoken extensively about her experience despite the cultural shame associated with doing so.