Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19
Sep 14, 2020

Clean Water Is Crucial in the Fight Against COVID-19

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic
Sep 12, 2020

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes
Aug 26, 2020

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

Aug 12, 2020

Anthropogenic climate change and the unprecedented shift in the global center of economic gravity from West to East represent two of the most profound macrotrends set to transform the geopolitical landscape in the 21st century. Indeed, as Asia’s emerging powerhouses, notably China, with its...

When Is Hot Too Hot?

When Is Hot Too Hot?

Aug 10, 2020

One of the many difficulties in understanding global warming and climate change, and their impacts, is that they are complicated. Climate change is not linear over time and it is inconsistent across different regions. As I explain in my book, “A Climate for Denial,” the nonlinear...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

Aug 07, 2020

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

Aug 06, 2020

The heads of state and government of the European Union propose introducing a “carbon border adjustment mechanism” from 2023, to charge imported goods according to the CO2 emitted during their production. At their recent summit, they decided to use the ensuing revenues to boost the EU’s...

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

Aug 03, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is “living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output.” According to the International Energy Agency, global use of energy will drop 6% in 2020, an amount that equals India’s total energy demand. Worldwide demand for electricity has already fallen 5%,...

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Beijing’s BRI Hubris Comes at a Price

Aug 03, 2020

Despite more than 3,000 years of Chinese history, many of the world’s countries had little to no direct experience with China or Chinese investment prior to the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). There was a presumption on the part of many governments that international best practices...

Plastics Threaten the Himalayan Environment

Plastics Threaten the Himalayan Environment

Jul 28, 2020

In India, many people blame the communities living in and around the forests for exploiting natural resources. They are held responsible for forest degradation and deforestation. Communities who live in the Himalayas are no exception. Today, the once-pristine Himalayan mountains are littered with...

Don’t Allow the Buffalo in India to Be Cowed Down

Don’t Allow the Buffalo in India to Be Cowed Down

Jul 06, 2020

Italy has a mere 400,000 buffaloes. Yet the country guards them as precious national wealth. The celebrated mozzarella cheese is made from buffalo milk. Italians use this iconic cheese in salads, pizzas, pasta and more. Such is the status of this cheese that “mozzarella di bufala” enjoys legal...

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Jun 17, 2020

Today, the world faces one of its most challenging crises of the 21st century. A tiny yet powerful virus has been able to shed light on a number of questions we all knew but might not have truly comprehended. First, we are incredibly interconnected, from Wuhan to Milan to New York. Second, we are...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

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