Global Challenges

  • The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade

    The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade

    The illegal trade of animals or animal parts has become one of the most lucrative black market activities in the world. Driven by the promise of high profit margins, poachers in Africa – namely militias, armed groups, and insurgent groups – have driven rhinos and elephants close to extinction, while murdering hundreds of park rangers in the process.  NGOs and governments now face a race against time to reduce demand for wildlife trade, particularly in Asia, as well as to equip those on the frontline to fight a well-armed enemy.

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  • Is A Steady State Economy Possible?: Gail Tverberg

    Is A Steady State Economy Possible?: Gail Tverberg

    A Steady State Economy is one that seeks to balance growth with environmental integrity by maintaining stable or mildly fluctuating levels in population and consumption of energy and materials. In our current global scenario – with population and demand for resources rising – what would it take to achieve a steady state economy?

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  • China & The US Must Co-Lead The World In Counter-Terrorism: Dan Steinbock

    The US & China Must Co-Lead The World In Counter-Terrorism: Dan Steinbock

    Neither the U.S., with all of its military muscle and more than 40 percent of annual military expenditures worldwide, nor China, with its rising economic clout and military modernization, can effectively contain globalized terrorism on their own. Yet if they work together, the two countries could rally the international community into effective multi-polar counter-terrorism.

    On Monday, April 15, 2013, the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon turned into a nightmare as bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 280 others.

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  • Why Economies Must Invest In Equal Opportunities For All Children: Jeffrey Sachs

    Why Economies Must Invest In Equal Opportunities For All Children: Jeffrey Sachs

    Children are every country’s most vital resource; yet even high national incomes do not guarantee children’s well-being. According to a new UNICEF study, societies that have a strong commitment to equal opportunity for all of their children – and that are prepared to invest public funds on their behalf – tend to end up with the highest economic returns.

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  • France & Germany – Building A Path To A Low-Carbon Future: Jeffrey Sachs

    France & Germany – Building A Path To A Low-Carbon Future: Jeffrey Sachs

    The surest bet on the future of energy is the need for low-carbon energy supplies; And while early movers, such as France & Germany, may pay a slightly higher price today for these strategies, they and the world will reap long-term economic and environmental benefits.

    NEW YORK – The surest bet on the future of energy is the need for low-carbon energy supplies. Around 80 percent of the world’s primary energy today is carbon based: coal, oil, and gas. We will need to shift to no- or low-carbon energy by mid-century. The big questions are how and when.

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  • Gender Equality: Key To Wealth & Happiness in Nordic Countries

    Gender Equality: Key To Wealth & Happiness In Nordic Countries

    The Nordic nations have gone much further down the road to gender equality than anywhere else in the world. By comparison, some of G8 nations, especially France, Italy and Japan, have a lamentable record. But few countries are emulating the Nordic models.

    On June 11, 2013, it will be 100 years since Norway became the first independent country to introduce the vote for women. There will be tremendous celebrations all over Norway, a country which is proud of its egalitarian society.

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  • Towards A Global Carbon Tax – A Better Way To Fight Climate Change?: Jeffrey Sac

    Towards A Global Carbon Tax – A Better Way To Fight Climate Change?: Jeffrey Sachs

    The European Union Emissions Trading System was the world’s first large emissions trading scheme, which required industrial emitters to purchase a permit for each ton of CO2 emissions. However, with permits’ prices plummeting in the midst of Europe’s economic slowdown, a new global strategy is now required to combat climate change. Each region of the world should introduce a tax on CO2 emissions that starts low today and increases gradually and predictably in the future.

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  • Polluters Must Pay In ‘The New Era Of Responsibility’: Jeffrey Sachs

    Polluters Must Pay In ‘The New Era Of Responsibility’: Jeffrey Sachs

    In a momentous verdict last week, BP was ordered to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for its role in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. However, while polluters are increasingly being held accountable for their crimes in the developed world, many global companies continue to enjoy relative impunity for environmental damage caused in poorer countries: as exhibited by the lack of reparation in the Niger Delta.

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