What Modern Science Can Learn from Indigenous Knowledge

Jun 10, 2019

The assumption is that what works in wealthy countries can work anywhere. Advancements in the science of building design for earthquake resilience are enabling the development of high-rises and now “supertall” buildings in earthquake-prone areas like Japan. Design processes, scenario and...

When Popularity Becomes a Problem on the World’s Summit
Jun 10, 2019

When Popularity Becomes a Problem on the World’s Summit

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change
Jun 06, 2019

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change

How Ideology Affects Our Acceptance of Climate Science
May 29, 2019

How Ideology Affects Our Acceptance of Climate Science

What Germany’s “Green Wave” Means 

What Germany’s “Green Wave” Means 

May 28, 2019

Why these European elections were different: three key insights from Germany. After years of disinterest and declining turnouts, last week’s European elections were full of suspense and surprises. In Germany, the elections were an unprecedented triumph for the Greens. More than 20% voted for...

Will Agricultural Technology Keep Food on Our Plates?

Will Agricultural Technology Keep Food on Our Plates?

May 22, 2019

When it comes to agricultural technology, business opportunity is filling the void left by political inertia. Last month, Extinction Rebellion activists around the world triggered days of protests to end what they call criminal inaction by the world’s governments on climate and ecological...

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

May 21, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satu Hassi, Finland's former environment minister. Finland is a country of fascinating and stark contrasts — long and glittery summer nights and short, snowy winter days, the midnight sun and the winter darkness. The country earned its...

The Right Green New Deal

The Right Green New Deal

May 08, 2019

The Green New Deal as proposed makes the right diagnosis, but the wrong prescription for government action on renewable energy. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal has sparked an important and overdue debate about America’s energy future. The core...

What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

May 05, 2019

Like many countries, India’s largest cities are congested. But congestion pricing won’t work here because mobility is affected by other factors besides vehicle traffic. Urban economic development indicators such as higher income levels and higher motorization rates are generally associated...

Climate Emergency: Rise of a Civil Disobedience Movement

Climate Emergency: Rise of a Civil Disobedience Movement

May 04, 2019

What has prompted more than a million young individuals around the world to mobilize into a civil march for action on climate change? “We have a climate emergency” was the overwhelming chant echoing through the streets of Waterloo, in Canada’s Ontario province, on March 15. An estimated...

Eastern Ukraine Is on the Brink of an Environmental Disaster

Eastern Ukraine Is on the Brink of an Environmental Disaster

Apr 30, 2019

War-ravaged eastern Ukraine is facing an ecological disaster that could become a “second Chernobyl.” When it comes to US provision of weapons to foreign fighting forces, there is no shortage of unintended and dangerous consequences. From Libya and Iraq to Afghanistan and Mexico,...

Want to Build a Smart City?

Want to Build a Smart City?

Apr 27, 2019

Collaborative platforms, sustainability, public-private partnerships and data analytics are critical for developing smart and inclusive cities. The global smart-city movement, which has been around for more than two decades, has gone through three phases of evolution. It initially focused on...

Tehran Tries to Blame the West for Nationwide Flooding

Tehran Tries to Blame the West for Nationwide Flooding

Apr 09, 2019

The IRGC is exploiting the recent floods in Iran to tighten its grip while suppressing any dissent that might emerge out of the current situation. Over the past two weeks, nearly every province in the Islamic Republic of Iran has been devastated by flooding. Official reports have acknowledged...

A Progressive Roadmap for Post-Trump America

A Progressive Roadmap for Post-Trump America

Mar 22, 2019

The US is ready for something new. Progressives now have an opportunity to remake America and its place in the world. Donald Trump has shaken up US foreign policy. Most of what he has done has been disastrous, like pulling America out of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He has...

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