China remains a potent economic growth engine and a crucially important catalyst for poverty reduction across the world, and this is likely to remain true over the next decade. And regions such as Africa, home to the largest amount of untilled arable land left on earth, have much to gain from cooperation and engagement with China.
International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.
It's too easy when you spend your time shuttling between London, New York and San Francisco to forget that there's a whole other world out there. A wo...
The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.
Conservationists agree that if China would only join the United States, Europe, and the many African countries actively fighting the illicit ivory trade, the elephant population could be stabilized and grow again.
New analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) links exposure to air pollution to roughly 7 million deaths annually.
Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 27 2014 4 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate chang...
When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"
Meetings between South Korean President Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Abe, and U.S. President Obama this week come at a particularly opportune time. Divisions between America's two strongest Asian allies undermines U.S. strategic objectives, and benefits one primary regional and global player: China
A reader writes that I have failed to understand the extent of the "real violence" in Taiwan. She attaches a video of a policeman wielding a truncheon...
I had an interesting week. On Monday I attended a book launch event in Denmark. The idea of the organizers was to create a "Nordic Forum" to bring together leaders and change-makers from many systems and sectors who are using awareness-based technologies of change.
If managed well, urbanization can create enormous opportunities: allowing innovation and new ideas to emerge, saving energy, land and natural resources, managing climate and the risk of disasters. Globally, almost 80 percent of GDP is generated in cities. It will be difficult for any country to reach middle-income status and beyond without getting urbanization right. Urbanization creates opportunities. But cities also consume around 70 percent of the world's energy and account for nearly 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Land conflicts have become the primary cause of social unrest in China. As dam building moves upstream into mountain areas, ethnic minorities are particularly affected by displacement.
It's one thing to acknowledge, as Obama did from the beginning, that his goal of nuclear abolition was very blue sky, something that would not be accomplished in his lifetime. Frankly, I'd bet that it never happens. That it seems unrealistic does not mean that it is not a righteous goal.
A new preschool teacher said, "I think the children here have lacked love for a long time."
It should be a matter of national and mass priority to pursue these things and the government that refuses to pursue them can scarcely be called a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" in any meaningful way.