Mumbai Needs To Come Together to Prevent Annual Flooding

Nov 11, 2019

This year was an unusually wet one for Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Until mid-September, the city received rainfall of 2,366 mm, which is 26% more than the usual average of 1,800 mm. This is an ominous trend of extreme weather events, a phenomenon the  frequency of which is rising...

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult
Nov 01, 2019

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?
Oct 24, 2019

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?

It’s Time for a Global Planet Authority
Oct 23, 2019

It's Time for a Global Planet Authority

The Case Against Cats and Babies

The Case Against Cats and Babies

Oct 18, 2019

Two years ago, my wife and I went to a dog “salon” in a small French town on the other side of Geneva. The puppies were adorable, but even more were the kittens one breeder was exhibiting together with his puppies. Taking advantage of my obvious immediate infatuation with the tiny creatures,...

Sea Levels Are Rising, and So Are the People

Sea Levels Are Rising, and So Are the People

Oct 09, 2019

Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City, one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with 4 million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly...

The New Age of Protest

The New Age of Protest

Oct 04, 2019

Led by young people, climate strikers blocked traffic on two mornings at the end of last month in Washington, DC. On the first day, protesters chained themselves to a boat three blocks from the White House, and 32 activists were arrested. On the second day, activists targeted the Environmental...

Putting Out the Fires in the Amazon

Putting Out the Fires in the Amazon

Oct 03, 2019

The Amazon is still burning. This isn’t new. The people who live there know that fires are set in the Amazon rainforest all the time. Tens of thousands of fires are set in the Brazilian Amazon every year and have been for decades. But the scale is unprecedented this year, and the secret is...

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Oct 01, 2019

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, 4IR is “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and...

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Sep 26, 2019

As Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN created ripples worldwide, millions of youngsters took to the streets, protesting against climate injustice and the failure to reduce carbon emissions. Aside from Thunberg, many other youth activists, including Xiye Bastida and...

Greta Thunberg and the Youth Will Not Be Silenced

Greta Thunberg and the Youth Will Not Be Silenced

Sep 26, 2019

I know it’s been said many times and throughout history, but we do indeed live in interesting times. And it’s not just because the most unlikely person has become president of the most powerful nation, not because an unplanned and unreasoned proposition has won the vote for an exit from the...

It’s Time to Be Climate Smart

It’s Time to Be Climate Smart

Sep 23, 2019

World Peace Day, which is marked every year on September 21, has just passed. The chance to do some soul-searching with regards to the state of peace on our planet is as important as ever before. For all the relative calmness and progress of the second half of the 20th century and the early...

Eco-Nationalism: The Nature Within Our Borders

Eco-Nationalism: The Nature Within Our Borders

Sep 18, 2019

The ongoing fires wreaking havoc in the Amazon appear as a painful reminder of the radical right’s negligence of the natural environment, given the incompetency of Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, and his administration. Although Bolsonaro blaming NGOs for the rainforest fires seems...

As the Amazon Burns, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

As the Amazon Burns, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

Sep 05, 2019

The Amazon is burning. This is what the end of the world looks like. Oh, and there’ll be more forests burn, more forests felled by chainsaws, more wetlands drained, more rivers dammed, more grasslands plowed, oceans further toxified and emptied of fish. And each of these is what the end of...

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