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Nitin Desai |
Nitin Desai of India was appointed under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs on December 4, 1992.
Environmental Values (1991-2002) |
This project consisted of two parts: a track two dialogue between Japanese and American negotiators and their academic advisers, involved with meetings leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; and an international study examining values and their role in environmental policy-making in China, India, Japan and the United States.
Orville Schell on China's Role in the World | 03/21/17
Orville Schell, Stephanie Sy
Orville Schell has been reporting on China since 1970. In this wide-ranging and insightful conversation he looks at China and the U.S. exit from TPP; North Korea; the South China Sea; China's values system (or lack of one); human rights; climate change; and more.
Panel Discussion on Geoengineering - Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) | 02/22/17
Simon Nicholson, Douglas MacMartin, Jane Long, Pablo Suarez, Jennifer Morgan, Oliver Morton, Janos Pasztor
C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the climate--a prospect which offers great potential but also great peril. This discussion tackles geoengineering from different perspectives, including those of scientists, the Red Cross, and Greenpeace.
Shalini Kantayya: The Intersection of Ethics, the Environment, & Economics | 02/02/17
Shalini Kantayya, Stephanie Sy
"I think we as a movement have not done a good job of making climate change a kitchen-table issue, of making this an economic issue for working families, and that is what it is. This is about taking money from the 1 percent and putting it in the hands of the many," says filmmaker Shalini Kantayya.
Winners of the 2016 International Student Photo Contest on Urbanization | 01/26/17
Carnegie Council congratulates the winners of its annual International Student Photo Contest. The topic was cities/urbanization. What are the pros and cons? Who gains and who loses? The winning photos are by students from the United States, Canada, and Romania.
The Ethics of Climate Change Activism: Fear vs. Reality | 12/21/16
"The time has come to act on climate because we can no longer afford not to. We know what consequences are in store for us if we continue on our current trajectory."
The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering | 12/12/16
Janos Pasztor, Stephanie Sy
The definition of geoengineering is "large-scale human intervention with the Earth in order to change the climate," says Janos Pasztor, and to manage the world's climate responsibly, we may have to consider deploying it someday. If we do, the most important issue will be governance: How do you decide how far to go? When do you start? When do you stop?
Solidarity in Dark Times: Why the World Must Fight for Collective Human Rights Now | 11/30/16
Bennett Collins, Alison M. S. Watson
"It is time for the world to move away from liberal and neoliberal-centric understandings of human rights that underline the importance of the individual, and recognize instead the importance of emphasizing a collective human rights regime. Such recognition may be the only solution to our present malaise and the path toward an improved global solidarity."
A Conversation on Climate Change & Forced Displacement with David Sussman | 11/18/16
David D. Sussman, Alex Woodson
Conflict and war are often talked about as main drivers of forced displacement, but researcher David Sussman also points to climate change and consumerism as major factors. How is this playing out in Latin America and the Pacific islands? And, in regards to these issues, what can we expect from the Trump administration?
Briefing Paper on Climate Engineering | 10/28/16
Janos Pasztor, Simon Nicholson, David Morrow
Climate engineering is defined as large-scale, deliberate intervention in the Earth system to counteract climate change. Two major sets of techniques are usually included: those that could remove significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and those that might offset the amount of incoming solar radiation in order to cool the planet.
Managing Resource Conflict with a Human Rights Approach | 10/24/16
Joshua Fisher, Devin T. Stewart
Earth Institute research scientist Joshua Fisher explores the links between natural resource management, conflict, and climate change in this conversation with Senior Fellow Devin Stewart. With a focus on gold mining in Papua New Guinea, how can governments, corporations, and citizens work together to build trust?
Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change | 09/27/16
Kumi Naidoo, Randall Pinkston
Kumi Naidoo's activism began at 15 years old, when he risked his life to protest against apartheid in his native South Africa. The former Greenpeace executive hasn't stopped since. Learn more about this inspiring man and find out why he considers climate change to be the most important human rights issue of our time.
Free for a Limited Time! "Ethics & International Affairs" Fall 2016 Issue | 09/15/16
This issue includes essays on the bottom-up architecture of the Paris climate change agreement, the history of recognition, and Swedish feminist foreign policy; features on self-interest and the distant vulnerable, and on the use of public reason in international courts; and much more.
Table of Contents, Volume 30.3 (Fall 2016) | 09/14/16
This issue includes essays by Nicholas Chan on the bottom-up architecture of the Paris climate change agreement, Jens Bartelson on the history of recognition, and Karin Aggestam and Annika Bergman-Rosamond on Swedish feminist foreign policy; features by Luke Glanville on self-interest and the distant vulnerable, and by Silje Aambø Langvatn on the use of public reason in international courts; a review essay by James K. Galbraith on ethics and inequality; a response by Ryan Jenkins and Duncan Purves to Robert Sparrow's article on autonomous weapon systems (EIA 30.1), with a rejoinder by Robert Sparrow; and book reviews by Michael C. Williams and Jonathan Morduch.
Sze Ping Lo: Towards a New Environmental Imagination | 09/08/16
Sze Ping Lo, CEO of WWF-China, is equal parts activist and intellectual. Now in his early 40s, in a recent conversation Lo looked back on his distinguished 20+ year career as an environmentalist in China and reflected on the experiences and insights that have brought him to his current agenda in the green movement.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Food, Inc." | 08/30/16
This documentary takes a close look at the U.S. food industry and finds that cheap food is costly and sometimes deadly to the environment, consumers, and workers in farms and factories. Taking aim at the U.S. government and big corporations like Monsanto, this film reveals disturbing truths about our fast food-obsessed society.
International Student Photo Contest, 2016: Cities/Urbanization | 08/17/16
Across the world, there is an ongoing mass migration from the countryside to the cities. Please submit photos that depict urbanization and city life, showing either the advantages or the drawbacks. All students of every nationality are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified. The minimum age is 13.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines | 08/16/16
With severe typhoons a regular occurrence, the Philippines has become the portrait of climate change victimhood. This 10-week Asia Dialogues Program reading list covers all aspects of how the nation is grappling with climate change.
Hold the Salmon, How About Scup? For Sustainable Seafood, Variety is Key | 08/12/16
Atlantic salmon and blue fin tuna have been overfished nearly to extinction and farmed fish come with concerns such as the overuse of antibiotics. Yet there are hundreds of delicious and sustainable fish like mullet, dogfish, and scup, species often referred to as "trash fish." For sustainable seafood, let's be more adventurous and try fish like scup.