Welcome Back, America?

Nov 13, 2020

America may well be divided about Donald Trump, but the rest of the world isn’t. The soon-to-be-former president has gotten high marks in the Philippines and Israel, a passing grade in a couple of African countries and India, and dismal reviews pretty much everywhere else. US allies in...

Trump, Biden and the Climate: A Stark Choice
Oct 30, 2020

Trump, Biden and the Climate: A Stark Choice

As Climate Change Worsens, How Far Will We Tip?
Oct 15, 2020

As Climate Change Worsens, How Far Will We Tip?

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?
Oct 10, 2020

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control

Sep 29, 2020

For this week’s debate between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, the moderator, Chris Wallace, has ambitiously proposed six topics. They presumably represent what he believes are the most important and urgent issues to clarify for the two candidates. The topics...

Trump at the UN: A Failure to Lead

Trump at the UN: A Failure to Lead

Sep 28, 2020

True to himself, US President Donald Trump completely failed to address any of the issues confronting the global community in his keynote speech to the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. Instead, he used the platform to criticize China, to excoriate Iran, to boast of how big and...

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

Aug 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been labeled a children’s disaster, with particular concern being placed on the protection of minors. In this crisis, as with other crises and disasters, children have paid a high price, with tens of millions of them affected by the lockdowns caused by the...

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%,...

Can We Save Ourselves From Our Own Progress?

Can We Save Ourselves From Our Own Progress?

Jun 05, 2020

All that is old need not be dated. Take for instance, our ecological heritage. It has been rightly proposed by scholars that countless enlightened ideas may be drawn from old precepts of previous civilizations, especially from ancient India. More than that, knowledge may also, in today’s...

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Jun 02, 2020

It should be apparent to most observers of international relations that the Chinese government wants the world to play by its own set of rules. Beijing appears to believe that China’s rise and its assumption of global leadership positions are an inevitable extension of earlier periods in its...

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