Unnatural Disasters: India’s Environmental Mismanagement

October 07, 2021

"If we don't learn from the tragedies of the past, we are cursed to repeat them in the future," proclaims the home page of the website of the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority. To ensure that the irony is not lost on either the creator or the visitor of the website, just...

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Sporting Calendar

October 02, 2021

On the final day of the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe warned that climate change will adversely impact the regular schedule and timing of major sporting events. This warning came amid increasing concerns that extreme weather conditions and harsh...

The Wicked Problem of Climate, Blah, Blah, Blah

September 30, 2021

In December 2019, I wrote an article on Fair Observer titled, “Climate Change: One Step Forward, While Standing Still.” It was a cheeky piece, looking somewhat depressingly at the progress of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings, otherwise known as the...

Welcome to Our Extreme World

September 07, 2021

Admittedly, I hadn’t been there for 46 years, but old friends of mine still live (or at least lived) in the town of Greenville, California, and now, well, it’s more or less gone, though they survived. The Dixie Fire, one of those devastating West Coast blazes, had already “blackened”...

Climate Change: Insights From History

A conversation with Ohio State University’s Department of History faculty members John Brooke, Jennifer Eaglin and Samuel White about the historical context of climate change.

How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires

September 30, 2019

In recent weeks, Indonesia has been in the headlines due to forest fires. Having spread throughout the country in Southeast Asia, the regions of Jambi, South Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi have been severely affected while Riau Province has been the worst hit. According to the National...

The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Worse Than You Think

August 30, 2019

Let’s put the situation in perspective. The whole world is outraged by the raging fires in the Amazon rainforest. It has been said that the “lungs of the world” are burning, and this has since become a trending topic globally. Yet the analogy is totally wrong. The situation is much...

The World After Climate Change

July 22, 2019

This is the first yearly report on the status of the World Climate Order as required by the Global Agreement on Climate Change (GACC), which was ratified by all nations in 2025. The baseline report prepared by the Climate Order Committee was submitted to the Global Chapter at The Hague-based...

Climate Change: A Contrarian View

July 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...

When Popularity Becomes a Problem on the World’s Summit

June 10, 2019

Is Mount Everest the ultimate successful branded product, made in Asia, but benefiting from all the political and marketing genius of the imperial West? Once upon a time, Mount Everest throned at the top of the Himalayas, the highest point on earth, as a symbol of the unattainable, a place where...

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