Updated 5 May 2021. White House staffers felt there was little they could do after presidential orders made them lower the flag in remembrance of the 10 victims gunned down in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, 2021,
April 2021 was a big month for climate summits, a new physics particle, the “muon”, was probably identified, a drone flew around Mars and a robot produced oxygen on the red planet. U.S. President Biden successfully pulled off a two-day
Editor’s Note: In fighting climate change and seeking to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, data plays a key role in shaping effective policies. But care must be taken not to take statistics out of context, lest we end up
The last week in April was marked by the announcement of new, more ambitious climate goals from two of the world’s largest polluters, the United States and Europe. Could they be a turning point in the fight against climate change?
After representatives from several EU governments came to unison last Wednesday on a new European climate deal, the stage was set for U.S. President Joe Biden to follow suit. The virtual Leaders Summit on Climate convened by Biden and starting
In a just-published “Global Trends” report subtitled "2040: A More Contested World", produced by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) for President Biden, we learn that 20 years from now, the world will be a far hotter and more desperate place.
Liberal democracies are increasingly under fire from the world’s two autocratic giants, Russia and China, and policy responses from Western governments appear oddly uncoordinated - at least for now. Let me count the ways: In the past few days, Russia
Editor’s Note: Ever since Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed to by the UN General Assembly in 2015, there has been an oft-repeated “transformative promise” underpinning all the other goals: Leave no one behind (LNOB). And it
Scientific innovation is rapidly advancing in one direction; key elements of human behavioral response are going in the opposite direction. Old and now new segments of populations unwilling to get vaccinated are expanding. We used to have anti-vaxxers a.k.a. anti-vac
In the race against climate change, increasing ambition overtime is necessary to avoid catastrophic warming. However, revised commitments from parties to the Paris Agreement lack two critical components of ambitious climate action: carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform. Since the
This time Erdogan, the Turkish dictator out to destroy any remnants of democracy in his country, has managed something of a master coup: He has offended not only Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission chief but Europe as a
From the very early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, public, private and university researchers have been working to develop vaccines. There are now ten such vaccines being administered worldwide, with Russian and Chinese governments producing public sector-led versions, Oxford University