At the 26th UN Climate Change Conference which opened yesterday at Glasgow in Scotland, 200 countries are being asked to provide targets for cutting polluting gas emissions until they reach zero by 2050. Among the ways to reach this goal is to phase out coal-fired
For years, energy regulators warned the state’s electric-grid operators that they were not prepared for an unprecedented winter storm. Nothing was done, and more than 100 people died in the storm, most from hypothermia.
It’s federal transportation policy season, with the House and Senate advancing bills to fund federal surface transportation programmes for the next five years. That makes it a great time to reflect on the social and environmental impacts of our
Which should we be most worried about, our species or our nation? First, our species: Our world’s most prominent leaders, as well as 20,000 diplomats, executives and activists, are convening in Glasgow this week to talk about the threat that climate change presents
China, South Korea and Japan are uneasy neighbours in the eastern corner of Asia, with each one carrying historical baggage concerning the other. The three countries belong to a category of highly vibrant economies, with unmatched strengths. Of the three, South Korea and Japan belong to the American camp,
Perhaps at no moment in recent American memory has a widespread understanding of civics been more crucial. Yet the portents are ominous. The latest surveys show that fewer than half of American adults can correctly name the three branches of government, and the National Assessment of Educational
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have developed a national-scale mapping of soil erodibility, a first of its kind in the country, according to an IIT Delhi press release. The process of soil erosion starts when rainfall occurs on the soil or when water flow (runoff) displaces the soil
Sofia Oliveira was 12 years old when catastrophic wildfires in central Portugal killed more than 100 people in 2017. She “felt it was now or never to raise our voices” as her country appeared to be in the grip of deadly human-caused climate change. Now a university student, Sofia and five other Portuguese young