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Bill McKibben May 11, 2017
As alternative energies become more competitive, the transition from fossil fuels would go much faster if the insurance industry accounts for the challenges of climate change and does not give coal and other fossil fuels a free ride. “While insurance industry representatives declare their intent and passion to rein in climate change and ensure a livable planet, in the back rooms their agents are...
Charlotte Röhren April 28, 2017
In recent years, China has begun to take a leadership role in the arenas of trade, foreign policy, and climate change. Global health is next, argues Charlotte Röhren for the Diplomat. In 2014, Beijing provided critical assistance to combat Ebola, “an important milestone in its growing integration in global health governance.” Besides humanitarian reasons, the country stands to benefit by...
Robert G. Blanton and Dursun Peksen April 27, 2017
Economic globalization— trade, foreign direct investment and low tariffs—has a twofold effect in making costly, environmentally harmful and deadly industrial accidents more probable, according to professors Robert G. Blanton and Dursun Peksen in a discussion of their study in Harvard Business Review. First, there is more room for error as byzantine international supply chains straddle countries...
April 26, 2017
Throughout history, experimentation and science have delivered comfort and prosperity – electricity, road and air transportation, cures for disease, satellites and weather forecasting, communication technologies and more. US scientists are alarmed by political leaders who reject policy recommendations based on evidence – notably the near unanimous agreement among climate scientists that reliance...
April 24, 2017
The internet and automation are not through disrupting the economy, warns Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, and “society should prepare for decades of pain” – or expect conflict. In a speech to an entrepreneurship conference in China, Ma expressed frustration that no one listened to his warnings issued long before his online company became famous. “Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator,...
Olivier Roy April 18, 2017
The contemporary terrorist’s brutal acts against symbolic targets are centered around his or her own death, explains author Olivier Roy in an essay for the Guardian. “Muslim tradition, while it recognises the merits of the martyr who dies in combat, does not prize those who strike out in pursuit of their own deaths, because doing so interferes with God’s will,” he writes. Roy describes jihadism...
April 14, 2017
Top diplomats from the G7 member nations met in Italy April 10 and 11 for their annual meeting, discussing global security issues but ultimately not pledging new concrete action with regards to Syria. Due to the recent chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, much of the attention was on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The G7 “unanimously...

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