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Alon Tal from Ben Gurion University is presently a visiting professor at the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology. He is the past chairman of Israel's Green Party and the founder of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, an advanced training center for Middle Eastern students. His latest book "All the Trees of the Forest" was published recently by Yale Univerity Press.

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Understanding Bill Clinton's Extraordinary Presidency: A Terrific and Timely Tome

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 6:59 AM

Why do we study history? It is often said that by considering our past, we can better understand our present reality. Like the proverbial sail boat in the middle of a lake -- without knowing where we have been, it can be difficult to know where we are -- and...

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In Praise of China's One-Child Policy

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:53 PM

In the ongoing debate over overpopulation, no country's experience has been more controversial than China's one-child policy. Human rights activists, feminists, pro-life advocates and anti-Communists have all heaped legitimate criticism on the program. But many people concerned about global sustainability see the one-child policy as a courageous collective commitment to...

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Global Food Security and the Missed Message of Milan's Expo 2015

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Every five years, the world convenes an Expo: the 21st-century iteration of the world's fair that has become the planet's third largest international gathering (after the Olympics and Soccer's World Cup). The city of Milan opened the most recent edition this month. For six months, 140 countries, along with dozens...

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New Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian Water Agreement Will Not Solve Shortages

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 8:18 PM

Mideast observers were happily surprised to hear about a water-sharing agreement signed at the World Bank headquarters last week between the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian governments. "This is an agreement with a humanitarian aspect, designed to aid those who need water. There is an ecological aspect as well...

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Overpopulation Is Still the Problem

(230) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Overpopulation remains the leading driver of hunger, desertification, species depletion and a range of social maladies across the planet. Recently, a spate of op-ed essays have filled the pages of some of world's top newspapers and blogs -- from the Guardian to the New York Times -- challenged this view,...

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