Environment Archive

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37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Economics, Environment, Features, Health, Security

High and Dry: Central Asia’s Failure to Avert the Impending Water Crisis

In 2016, the World Resources Institute published a map called Water Stress by Country, comparing the shortages of fresh water experienced by countries across...
An MQ-1B Predator, left, and an MQ-9 Reaper taxi to the runway in preparation for takeoff June 13, 2014, on Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft are assigned to the 432nd Wing, which trains pilots, sensor operators and other remotely piloted aircraft crewmembers, and conducts combat surveillance and attack operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen)
37(3) Spring 2016, Africa, Analysis, Asia, Environment, Features, Health, Science & Technology, Security

The Growing International Movement Against Killer Robots

  Six weapons have been internationally banned: poison gas, biological weapons, chemical weapons, blinding lasers, antipersonnel landmines, and cluster munitions. The bans on the...
Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF. Photo by Kent Dayton.
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, Environment, Interviews, South America, South Asia

The World Wildlife Fund: Innovative Private Sector Partnerships and the Road Ahead: An Interview with Carter Roberts

Carter Roberts is President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the United States, a position he has held for the past...
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37(2) Winter 2016, East Asia, Environment, Features, North Africa, Science & Technology

The Essential Element: How Phosphorus Scarcity Endangers the World

Phosphorus: a powdery maroon substance used in producing everything from baking powder to steels to fertilizer. Surprisingly, stocks of phosphorus are declining. The international...
A dry riverbed in California. California's drought has already taken a serious toll on its agricultural production. 
"California Drought" by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. PD US NOAA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(3) Spring 2016, Africa, Americas, Asia, Environment, Europe, Features, Health

Famine or Feast: Climate Change and the Future of Food Production

It is the year 2080. As climate change continues, unhindered by weak regulations and international disagreement, temperatures have risen several degrees Fahrenheit. In tropical...
Asia, Economics, Environment, Health

The Rice Crisis of 2008: A Lesson in Mismanagement

2008 was a year of headlines. Barack Obama was elected president, China held its first Olympics, and the world financial markets came to a...
Dambisa Moyo is an international economist and NY Times bestselling author who hails from Zambia. Photo by davidgrundy, via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.
Americas, Asia, East Asia, Economics, Environment, Interviews, North America, Politics, Science & Technology, South Asia

A Look at Global Economic Growth: An Interview with Dambisa Moyo

Given your experience, what do you think is the appropriate role of intergovernmental institutions in international economic development? First of all, thank you for...
"Garmsir district continues progress in education with Safar School construction" by DVIDSHUB. CC BY 4.0, accessed via flickr.
37(1) Fall 2015, Africa, Economics, Education, Environment, Europe, Features, Health, Human Rights, Middle East

From MDGs to SDGs: The Political Value of Common Global Goals

  The adoption of the Millennium Declaration by world leaders 15 years ago was an unprecedented show of global unity. At the turn of...
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37(1) Fall 2015, Africa, Asia, Environment, Features, Health, Middle East, Politics

Great Progress in Global Health: Unfinished Business Remains

In the year 2000, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders committed to an ambitious agenda to save lives and improve the quality of life...