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Moises Velasquez-Manoff April 25, 2019
Trees, by absorbing carbon and providing shade, help protect the environment from climate change. Flooding, droughts, extreme temperatures, disease and insects are taking their tolls on trees that can live a century or more as climate changes more rapidly than trees can adjust. “Most trees can migrate only as fast as their seeds disperse – and if current warming trends hold, the climate this...
Carol Morello April 23, 2019
Ramping up its pressure against the Iranian regime, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would go after any country that continues to buy Iranian oil. Nations holding waivers that expire May 1 must comply with this policy as well. The Trump administration shows little desire to provide wiggle room for nations with waivers on Iranian oil imports including China, India,...
Sam Meredith April 23, 2019
The Trump administration continues efforts to constrain Iran. In 2018, the US abandoned a nuclear agreement designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program, and the administration announced nations purchasing Iranian oil will face sanctions after May 1. The United States had granted waivers over the past six months to India, China, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, allowing limited...
Julia Vergin April 22, 2019
Universities are increasingly offering classes in gratitude, happiness and mindfulness to counter a constant focus on what’s wrong with the world or people’s lives. Searching out and recognizing the good aspects of one’s life and surroundings is a start to gratitude, and “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions," suggests psychologist Dirk Lehr who teaches at Leuphana University in...
Francisco Tutella April 22, 2019
The world’s climate will become less tolerable, even as the world is expected to add more than 2 billion people before the end of the century. A range of factors including temperature, costs and consequences must be considered, urges an international team of researchers. “The team defined 'tolerable' as a world where global mean warming at the end of the century is limited to 2 degrees...
Robert Skidelsky April 21, 2019
Workers worry about losing jobs to robots. Predictions vary about which jobs could vanish – those requiring high or low skills, routine or custom tasks. Experts base assessments on historical disruptions due to technology and mechanization, robot capabilities and aging populations in need of support. “But there is an important caveat to all this: left to the market, the gains from automation will...
Sebastian Spence April 17, 2019
With great strides in robotics, some analysts worry about domination, military applications, data collection and destruction of society. “AI increasingly shapes rivalry between the great powers,” explains Sebastian Spence for New Statesman, hence an intense trade war and worries about theft of intellectual property. “Venture capitalist Ian Hogarth has predicted the emergence of ‘AI nationalism...