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Archive for the tag “environment”

The Arctic, From Romance To Reality

Today, the Arctic landscape is not just dramatic, but dramatically transforming. Temperatures are increasing at alarming rates worldwide, but warming in the Arctic is happening twice as fast as the global average. According to a 2017 report by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), the extent and thickness of sea ice continue to decrease. If predictions become reality, the Arctic Ocean could be mostly ice-free during the summer months in as little as 20 years. The implications of this unprecedented change in the Arctic are far-reaching, with social, political, economic, and environmental impacts rippling not just through the region, but globally.

Read Here – TheWilson Quarterly

Also Read: Languages Of the Arctic

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Could It All Be Made In China By 2025?

Take more than 500 types of industrial product and China ranks first for 220 of them, globally. Yet Beijing isn’t satisfied with just being the world’s factory for cheap goods. More than a third of the country’s 800-million workforce produce biblical amounts of stuff, generating $3 trillion annually, but China’s position is slipping. It’s political and economic leaders know the country can’t rest on its laurels for long. There are more than a few rivals nipping at its heels, but it has a plan.

Read Here – Raconteur

Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Deal

President Donald Trump announced that he will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, delivering the news in a Rose Garden speech loaded with the “America First” rhetoric of his presidential campaign.

Read Here – Politico

Also read:

Did Donald Trump Just Make the Planet Hotter

4 Reasons President Trump Was Right to Pull Out of the Paris Agreement

India’s Water Politics

From the San Francisco Bay area to Sao Paulo to Riyadh, water shortages increasingly cloud economic forecasts. But nowhere is the risk greater than in South Asia, where India, the largest economy and most important regional power, faces crippling shortages and a lack of consensus on what to do about them.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

China Struggles To Slay Its Industrial Zombies

The only way China can hope to prevent the looming environmental disaster lurking behind its current economic difficulties is embracing deindustrialization and a much lower growth model than it has had until now. That’s bad news for the developed and developing world alike.

Read Here – The National Interest

This Is How China-U.S. Ties Pan Out…

– People’s Daily Online

That Modi-Obama Joint Op-Ed…

Today our partnership is robust, reliable and enduring, and it is expanding. Our relationship involves more bilateral collaboration than ever before — not just at the federal level but also at the state and local levels, between our two militaries, private sectors and civil society, writ Indian Prime Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Read Here – Washington Post

Beijing, We Have A Problem

China’s new leaders, including President Xi Jinping, haven’t embraced environmental protection by choice. They’ve been compelled by a new political reality: an informed Chinese public.

Read Here – Businessweek

Blaming India

No country has done more than India to stall progress on international climate negotiations during the past two months.

Read Here – Slate

Damming The Mekong

A new dam proposed by Laos threatens further damage to the troubled Mekong and its inhabitants.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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