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Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

Justin Guay | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

If Germany is so coal-friendly, why is it contemplating this significant move away from international coal financing? Because the international community has moved swiftly and quickly to end coal financing, and Germany doesn't want to be an outlier.

World Looks to OECD as High Level Commission Calls for Phasing Out Coal

Justin Guay | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Perhaps most importantly, the report calls for governments to shift the "burden of proof" away from assuming that coal is the only solution to the world's growing energy demands and instead takes into consideration the devastating social, environmental and economic costs of coal.

Changing the Way We Change the World

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

In 2012, after quitting my corporate job on first day, I was idealistic and determined to change the world. So much so, I decided to start with Africa. This is probably the most clichéd beginning for a story of many young Millennial "change-makers."

China's Coal Imports Drop For The First Time Since Country Became Net Coal Importer

Justin Guay | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Co-authored by Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace International A recently published analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International sho...

'Son of Hamas' Author Tells His Story in a New Film -- Do Not Miss The Green Prince!

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Isa Freeling

Filmmaker Nadav Schirman deftly tells the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, code name, "The Green Prince."

These Foods Are Banned Around The World

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.08.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Whatever the reason, societies ban foods. They all do it, even if there isn't necessarily consistency from nation to nation.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Are Mini-Grids The Next Big Opportunity Beyond The Grid?

Justin Guay | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of Devergy Beyond the grid solar start-up Devergy believes the time has come for the next evolution in clean energy access markets: m...

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

The Long War: Defending Human Rights in the Middle East

Vicky Kelberer | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Vicky Kelberer

The inability to incorporate nuance into ideas about whose rights are being violated in the Muslim-majority world is the death of sound human rights policy.

Cheating the Chinese

Ryan McMunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Ryan McMunn

The idea that "they speak English, so I don't need to learn Mandarin" is a losing position. Learn Mandarin, as importantly learn the culture. If you do this, your business wins big.

How Would You Redefine Study Abroad?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 08.14.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.

8 Tips For a Life In China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 08.13.2014 | Travel
Ryan McMunn

Life abroad is one of the most difficult, exciting, exasperating, rewarding, and incredible experiences you can have. Here are some tips for living in China and getting the most from your experience there.

Matt Potter Talks Pure Slush

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps a part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, and he is, rather amazingly, also the founding editor of Pure Slush.

Common Purpose, Come Together

Martina Buchal | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

Twenty-three young people were brought together by World Merit and Rise from all over the world to tackle two of the world's most pressing issues: Climate change and gender equality.

Why We Must Never Turn Our Backs on Israel

Robert Lockard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Robert Lockard

Israel doesn't want to fight Palestinians, much less kill them. Its citizens just want to be left in peace.

Conquering The Holy Grail Of Second Language Fluency

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Imagine that you progressed through upper-level Spanish in high school, studied 3 additional semesters of Spanish in college, and you are just back from a semester in Madrid. What next?

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

Justin Guay | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big. That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and so...

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Can Smiles and Laughter Change the World?

Jamie Masada | Posted 07.29.2014 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

I have a dream, perhaps naïve, of bringing the world together through smiles and laughter. Religion, diplomacy and democracy haven't succeeded so maybe it's time to focus on something more universal. And that is why I launched the first annual Funniest Person in the World Competition.

The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the World

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Latanya Mapp Frett

President Obama can -- and must -- fix the policy of turning women away in the extreme cases of life-endangering pregnancies or those resulting from rape. Until Congress does the right thing and overturns the harmful law in its entirety, he can take a first step to ensure that U.S. programs are part of the solution, not the problem.

How to Renew Your Passport

Fodor's | Posted 07.24.2014 | Travel

If you're like most Fodor's readers, your passport is one of your most-prized possessions, your ticket to exploring the world.

Education and Immigration: Why Keeping International Students Is a Good Thing for the Economy

Lauren Harris | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Lauren Harris

Some international students are turning to other countries because of their easier immigration policies that allow students to remain in the country once they graduate. But what's the problem with having these students leave once they graduate? Plenty.

Going Back to Congo

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

All I could think about was thank god I was not in Congo when this happened for, as amazing as our medical partners are there, there is much still that is needed to bring medicine up to western standards.