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Time to Divest Harvard From Fossil Fuels

(5) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:58 AM

For a week this April, a number of Harvard alumni will return to campus to support the undergraduate fossil fuel divestment movement, and to voice our own support for a change in Harvard's investment policy. Last Friday, a number of alumni released the following letter to call for action at...

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The Elephant in the Room

(20) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 11:03 PM

For years, too many political and opinion leaders around the world have shrugged off concerns about rapid population growth and escalating consumption patterns as overstated warnings from scientific Chicken Littles.

Now, the chickens are coming home to roost. The signals are manifest:

  • In rising global temperatures, melting polar ice, devastating...

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To Enable Development, Start With Energy

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:43 PM

Next week, world leaders, businesses, and civil society organizations will convene in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development -- known as Rio+20 in honor of the Earth Summit 20 years ago. This conference is an important opportunity to make progress on our energy and climate...

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Polio Eradication Within Reach as India Takes Giant Step Forward

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 11:47 AM

This week the world celebrates a major milestone in the global fight against polio. On January 13, India will mark one year in which no child was paralyzed by polio -- for the first time in history.

Two years ago India had more polio cases than any other country. In...

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Let U.S. Lead

(34) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 10:55 AM

As the eyes of the world are focused on the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations in New York, another troubling chapter is unfolding in Paris. The United States is on the brink of abandoning its decades-long leadership in several international organizations -- a process that will fundamentally undermine...

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Time to Tackle One of the World's Deadliest Killers: Cookstove Smoke

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 10:01 AM

Today, nearly half the world's population -- close to 3 billion people -- will eat meals cooked over fires that use charcoal, wood, or even animal waste for fuel. A year from now, 1.9 million of those people will be dead. Their death certificates will cite pneumonia, lung...

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Building Blocks Toward Global Climate Action

(157) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 12:57 PM

As international climate change negotiators confer in Cancún over the next ten days, a sweeping new global agreement won't be on the table. The groundwork has not been laid for that. Instead they may start to pivot toward a new strategy of gradualism, and that would be a step in...

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65 Years Later - Don't Look for the UN in New York, Look in Kumasi

(6) Comments | Posted October 23, 2010 | 7:13 PM

After traveling in Africa over the past few days, it' s clear that the need and impact of the United Nations are greater than ever. As I write from Kumasi, a small town in Ghana in West Africa, I am still thinking about the children I met in a local...

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It's Time for President Obama to Set the Record Straight on Climate Change

(186) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 2:50 PM

In recent months, climate change skeptics have ramped up their efforts in the media and Congress to misrepresent the scientific consensus on global warming. They have questioned the integrity of climate researchers and claimed that reducing carbon emissions would wreck our national economy. Such tactics are meant to sow confusion...

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Standing Up for the World's Women

(42) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Over the past year, the United States has done much to reestablish its standing in the world. Today. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made another monumental stride forward by announcing our nation's renewed commitment to ensuring that women worldwide have access to safe and effective reproductive health care.

We...

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