Trump, Biden and the Climate: A Stark Choice

Oct 30, 2020

While the economy and COVID-19 may dominate discussions around the coming US election, environmental issues and climate change, mainly due to the recent wildfires in the state of California, may also be a differentiating factor between the two presidential candidates. Back in January 2017, in my...

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control
Sep 29, 2020

Climate Disruption and the American Obsession with Control

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?
Aug 12, 2020

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

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU
Aug 06, 2020

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

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...

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...

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...

With the Discovery of Oil, Guyana Must Invest in Protecting the Environment

With the Discovery of Oil, Guyana Must Invest in Protecting the Environment

Jan 15, 2020

Climate change has become a global priority, but not for everyone. For some, it is a spoke in the wheel of economic interests — the splinter that sparks a dangerous political debate seeking to turn climate change into a myth. But if anything should summon global consensus, it is the fact that...

Inside the Battle for Another World

Inside the Battle for Another World

Dec 06, 2019

A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins....

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

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

Oct 24, 2019

You may be a skeptic and deny that the Earth is not warming up because, depending on where you live, the effect may not be noticeable to you. But, hopefully, what you can't deny is the increasing number of weather-related disasters occurring around the world, which happens to be a really expensive...

A Gen Zer’s Perspective on Climate Change Reform

A Gen Zer’s Perspective on Climate Change Reform

Oct 08, 2019

Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, American muckraker Upton Sinclair published “The Jungle,” a searing account of the savage working conditions in Chicago’s meatpacking industry. Such a mind-boggling exposé of exploited workers laboring amid rotten, contaminated and diseased meat,...