We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

Sep 12, 2020

For many years, even decades, before the current global pandemic, environmental advocates have waged a war against single-use plastic. We’ve been winning that war. More and more consumers are carrying reusable bags for groceries and other shopping items, asking restaurants to use more...

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?
Aug 12, 2020

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

When Is Hot Too Hot?
Aug 10, 2020

When Is Hot Too Hot?

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...

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...

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...

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

May 22, 2020

Economists like to think of the wreckage caused by stock market downturns, widespread bankruptcies and corporate downsizing as “creative destruction.” As it destroys the old and the dysfunctional, the capitalist system continually spurs innovation, much as a forest fire prepares the ground for...

What Will Post-Pandemic Economics Look Like?

What Will Post-Pandemic Economics Look Like?

May 01, 2020

You pay little attention to the systems of your body — circulatory, digestive, pulmonary — unless something goes wrong. These automatic systems ordinarily go about their business, like unseen clockwork, while you think about a vexing problem at work, drink your morning cup of coffee, walk up...

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