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Time to Wake Up | 06/23/16
Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Widmer
"The story of our failure on climate change is a story of our failure to understand the truly manipulative and evil effects of money in politics," declares Senator Whitehouse. "It's being deployed right now. You undo Citizens United and we will have a bill in a month."
Fighting for our Planet, the Only Home We Have: Earth Day, April 22, 2016 | 04/20/16
Will the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement be effective? Is it human nature to simply not be able to tackle the problem of climate change? How can we come together to fight for our planet? This collection of resources explores all these questions and more.
The Geopolitics of the Iran Deal: Winners and Losers | 04/12/16
In the short term, one of the biggest winners in the Iran deal is China, and the biggest loser is Saudi Arabia. But 10, 15 years from now, we may see that the deal was a seminal factor in reintegrating Iran into the global political economy and strengthening civil society--making the U.S. and Europe the winners and countries like Russia and Syria the losers.
The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau | 03/14/16
Dukthen Kyi, Lynn Holland
China has dammed every major river in Tibet with many more dams in the planning stage. This and the pollution of waters through mining have created serious problems for Tibetans and those in neighboring countries. Despite political repression and profound isolation, Tibetans are struggling to make these dire conditions known to the rest of the world.
The Fight Against Climate Change | 02/23/16
"Climate change is happening," writes 15-year-old Dheera Vuppala. "Nine out of ten scientists say it is. The U.S. has to deal with it, so let's take the proper steps to fight it. Limiting industries' carbon emissions, lowering households' use of electricity, and researching and switching to renewable energy forms are only a few of those steps."
Goals for a Better World: Taking Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change in the United States within the Next 15 Years | 02/23/16
American student Annabelle Dunbar advocates for the United States and its citizens to begin a transition towards more ecologically and economically sustainable ways of living by turning to alternative sources of energy, implementing more viable innovations, and altering certain lifestyles (including eating less meat).
Competing Moral Claims over the Nuclear Power-Weapons Crossover | 01/22/16
"Although the military–industry complex remains resilient, the only ultimate solution to nuclear danger and the best disaster prevention is a nuclear-free world in both military and civil terms."
Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped | 01/15/16
Garry Kasparov, Robert G. Kaiser
Garry Kasparov is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism, but he is equally critical of the United States and its allies for their unwillingness to confront Moscow. In this fascinating discussion, he and journalist Robert Kaiser grapple with complex and difficult questions about Russia and the "free world," and what we mean by a moral foreign policy.
Top 10 Carnegie Council Resources for 2015 | 12/15/15
Russia, human rights, energy, business ethics—these were among the most popular topics our varied audiences accessed this year. Check out the most popular podcasts and web resources from 2015.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15
Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?
Population Ethics in the Time of Global Warming | 10/29/15
One of the most important insights to emerge slowly over the past hundred years is that the actions of the current generation could have profound and far-reaching effects for future generations. Stockholm University's Gustaf Arrhenius discusses some of the moral problems that arise from this line of thinking.
Global Intimacy: How Do We Cultivate Care for Our "Place" when the Place is the Planet? | 10/28/15
Developing an understanding of the global implications of our daily actions such as energy and resource use is a challenge for all of us. For educators wishing to address these issues, matters are further complicated by the influence of globalized economies, marketing, media, and politics. University of Edinburgh's Peter Higgins explores these issues.
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran: Assessment and Prospects | 08/20/15
Gary Sick, David C. Speedie
Professor Gary Sick, Iran expert at Columbia University and lead White House negotiator during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, assesses the merits of the recently negotiated agreement on Iran's nuclear program and the prospects for the upcoming vote in Congress.
The Ethics of Nuclear Power: Reflections on Carnegie Council Site Visit to Fukushima, Japan | 07/24/15
Devin T. Stewart
As part of Carnegie Council's Global Ethical Dialogues site visits to eight countries around the world, in June 2015 the Council led a team of researchers, fellows, faculty, and students to conduct interviews in Japan on the ethical implications of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Namie Township, Fukushima, Japan, Case Study | 07/24/15
This case study of ethical decisions, developed by Learning Initiative Inc., is based on archival data at Namie Township, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
EARTH DAY 2015 | 04/21/15
How can we find sustainable ways to feed the world's exploding population? How can we tackle climate change? How can we confront the moral dilemmas it presents? To mark Earth Day 2015, this selection of Carnegie Council resources from the past year offers both innovative solutions and searching, ethical debates.
P5 + 1 + Iran: Report on the Ongoing Nuclear Talks | 04/08/15
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, David C. Speedie
Speaking on the very day of the nuclear framework, Ambassador Mousavian explains why he believes the agreement is positive progress for both sides. And in a candid and forthright discussion with the audience, he explains the Iranian perspective on Israel, the U.S.-Israel relationship, ISIS, and also the workings of the Iranian government.
American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead | 04/06/15
Helima Croft, John M. Deutch, David Gordon, Marc Lipschultz, Elizabeth Rosenberg
Thanks to new technologies for extracting oil and natural gas, such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the United States is now the biggest producer of energy in the world. What do plummeting energy prices mean for sellers and consumers around the world--and what will be the likely consequences for climate change?
Climate Change and the Future of Humanity | 09/19/14
Dale Jamieson, Darrel Moellendorf, Mary Robinson, Henry Shue
Climate change is already here. The seas are rising, the glaciers are melting, and the atmosphere is warming. How can we work together to set a different course for humanity?
Iran Nuclear Threat: Fact or Fiction? | 07/21/14
Gareth Porter, David C. Speedie
Senior Fellow David Speedie interviews Dr. Gareth Porter, scholar, journalist, and skeptic concerning U.S. claims of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.