From time to time, people who are about to condemn the Chinese apologize to me. They preface their comment with, "I am very sorry to have to say this," and they give me a pitying look.
In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure -- and especially power plants -- Turkey is building.
I can pinpoint exactly when it happened because I was in the middle of a Facebook conversation when the error message popped up. Then my telephone rang and the person I'd been chatting with asked, "Is Facebook down?"
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.
China today is a country that is fundamentally more powerful than any that America has ever had to encounter before. It is also a country that has a stronger sense of its place and status than any country in the world except perhaps America itself.
Fish don't vote -- is that perhaps why the ocean and its problems are a low priority for governments and few politicians see a need to have a public opinion on ocean-related issues?
As western democracies find ways to limit content online, it gives more heavy-handed governments like Russia an excuse to jump on the global Internet censorship bandwagon.
A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.
Americans and Chinese, like peoples everywhere, have dreams. China's top leader, President Xi Jinping, frequently refers to the China dream of the great renewal of the Chinese nation.
Most smartphones -- Android, iPhone, Windows phones, are made in China. How many of them have Trojans lurking inside?
What is Democracy? It is the fundamental belief that We the People are adults that can decide how we want to live and can vote -- and sometimes do even more than that -- to shape the world in the way we want to see it.
To put the Middle Kingdom's soft power in context, while China is building bullet trains to connect 80 percent of its cities, half of all Indians still lack toilets. China's newly aggressive posture in the East and South China Seas, not to mention its commercial cyberspying, threaten to undermine that soft power. This is not to say that China is singularly at fault or that some of its claims are not legitimate and that others, especially Japan, are not culpable in raising tensions. Everyone now also knows that American NSA cyberspying is globally pervasive. But it is to say that much of the rest of the world perceives a new confrontational tone in Beijing.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
I never heard of being "tea drunk" before. Never knew it was even a possibility for tea to have that effect on you.
This was field work in the raw, where six bears were going to be anesthetized and examined -- undergoing procedures to remove pain they had been suffering for years.