Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Aug 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

The Planet Deserves a Pledge of Allegiance
Aug 13, 2019

The Planet Deserves a Pledge of Allegiance

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

The World After Climate Change
Jul 22, 2019

The World After Climate Change

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

Jul 20, 2019

We are inundated these days with ominous news on the extent and pace of climate change and the associated predictions of the looming catastrophe it carries with it — the ubiquitous planetary cry of the next generation who will soon inherit the Earth. A rallying cry seemingly to “save human...

What Modern Science Can Learn from Indigenous Knowledge

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...

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change

What the Radical Right Thinks About Climate Change

Jun 06, 2019

Accusations of irrationalism, leveled against those in favor of climate change policies, make up the single most prominent argument. Research on climate change communication by radical-right actors, be they party or non-party, anti-liberal or anti-democratic, is still in its infancy. Indeed, so...

How Ideology Affects Our Acceptance of Climate Science

How Ideology Affects Our Acceptance of Climate Science

May 29, 2019

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Arek Sinanian, a climate expert. The science is clear on climate change. Looking back at this past year, we've witnessed how climate change has manifested in more extreme weather, from record-breaking hurricanes, storms and flooding to...

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...

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...

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...

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