The Wild Bactrian Camel: An Animal Hero for Our Time?

May 07, 2021

It is inarguable that cuteness matters in campaigns focused on animal protection and conservation. Feeling a connection to a species engenders compassion and the desire to see its continuity, and even moves us to engage in programs focused on its survival. Although beauty is in the eye of the...

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?
Apr 25, 2021

Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

Is Bitcoin the New Coal?
Apr 22, 2021

Is Bitcoin the New Coal?

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration
Apr 22, 2021

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Apr 14, 2021

What choices are available to a nation that, in its quest for modernization, foolishly built a nuclear reactor in a seismically active tsunami zone? The Royal Society reported in 2015 that the disastrous fate of Fukushima in 2011 resulted from a “cascade of engineering and regulatory...

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Mar 25, 2021

After stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, Bill Gates gradually shifted his focus to the operations of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which set out to improve global health and development, as well as education in the US. Partially through his role with the foundation, Gates came to...

The Quest to Paint the World Green

The Quest to Paint the World Green

Mar 12, 2021

Once upon a time, a rich hypochondriac was complaining about pains in his head and stomach. He consulted a wise man who pointed out that the root of the problem lay somewhere else: in the man’s eyes. To resolve the persistent headache and stomachache, the sage suggested focusing on just one...

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Pastoral Nomads in North Africa Consider In-Place Farming

Mar 03, 2021

North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic people in the steppe highlands, is on the decline. Facing limited grazing land due to overuse and drought, pastoral nomads are favoring more sedentary farming methods like growing fruit or nut trees and...

India Is on a Solar Mission

India Is on a Solar Mission

Feb 23, 2021

Globally, the short-term changes in pollution levels associated with COVID-19 lockdown measures highlighted the importance of investment in renewable energy sources more than ever. India's National Solar Mission was set as one of the policy initiatives under the National Action Plan on Climate...

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

The Texas Crisis: Tilting at Windmills

Feb 19, 2021

Sometime last week, cold air escaped from the polar vortex, which usually stays high above the north pole. That icy air then traveled down to wreak havoc across Texas, a state geographically larger than France, bordering Mexico. Its nearly 30 million inhabitants are just starting to realize the...

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Feb 18, 2021

In 1983, long-haired MPs wearing knitted sweaters and carrying flowers entered Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. These obscure and humble beginnings of the Greens as an anti-establishment party are long gone from the German political scene. From 1998 to 2005, the party formed a governing...

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Feb 18, 2021

So far, the White House has undertaken a flurry of activity designated to back up President Joe Biden’s pledge to be tough-minded on China. He has warned that Beijing will face “extreme competition” from the United States. Taiwan’s top representative was invited to the presidential...

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

The Nation-State vs. The Climate

Jan 28, 2021

For the past year, many commentators have assumed that once the COVID-19 pandemic fades away, the world’s governments will understand that another global task awaits them: addressing the consequences of climate change. COVID-19 has already upset those calculations, at least in terms of timing....

When Will Boris Johnson Be Committed?

When Will Boris Johnson Be Committed?

Jan 22, 2021

The UK has finally cast off all its shackles and is ready to assert its freedom under the creative leadership of Boris Johnson, the man who made Brexit happen. Things are a little complicated for the moment, but once COVID-19 can be tamed, British creativity will find its cruising speed. Brexit...

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