In the European Commission, they like having the power but not the responsibility. They like pressure even less. As NGOs and certain journalists go after glyphosate, the Commission is muddling through and passing the buck to the Member States without any hesitation.
Even the most advanced technology cannot compete with nature when it comes to tsunami defense. Our best hope: preserve coastal forests, and run for the hills.
Whether delayed response, lack of infrastructure, or government corruption is to blame for Ebola’s death toll, one thing is sure: we cannot simply wait for the next outbreak.
The sluggish response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa shows the same fundamental flaws as the global response to HIV in the 1980s.
Even after the last cases of Ebola are reported in West Africa, the epidemic will have a lasting impact on the fragile economies of the countries worst affected. Investing in recovery now is the best way to avoid another health crisis in West Africa.
For defying our terrible health norms, fat people are actually heroes – which tells us a lot about our society.
Our bodies are complex, the systems which oppress them are many – and they can’t be wholly escaped.
The climate crisis will not stop at the American border. Luckily, we have the means to end it once and for all – but we must act fast.
While the “pay now or pay more later” logic may not appeal to the “climate justice” sentiments voiced at the last climate summit, it could help to motivate the actions needed to satisfy its goals.
Ignoring the history of emissions would be a mistake. But allowing economic concerns to swamp moral ones is an even bigger one.
By searching for climate governance only in the international arena, we risk missing the signs that can lead us in new, and potentially much more productive, directions.
We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash:
Building new, efficient and successful cities is the 21st century’s Space Race. There are no ready-made solutions for “smart cities”, but a lot to be learned from our past mistakes. Three easy steps for a smart urban future:
Germany should do what it does best: Take a great product, and start exporting it. The country’s ambitious approach to sustainable energy is ready for international adoption.
Germany’s energy transition is already a success story. If only the rest of the world paid attention.
Germany’s irrational fears about nuclear energy have led to a resurgence of coal as an energy source. The cost of short-sighted policies: Long-term climate change.
Fukushima produced very different reactions around the world. While Germany has abandoned nuclear power, Japan is slowing embracing it again.