- "We are Entering the Rare Metal Age"
David S. Abraham argues that as we move away from fossil fuels, the demand for the rare metals needed for green technology will increase. Understanding the political, economic,and environmental implications of these elements is at the heart of a sustainable future.
- Claire Nouvian, Guardian of the Deep
French environmentalist Claire Nouvian has devoted her life to protecting a resource that is largely a mystery to most of us: the deep sea.
- Reprivatized Womanhood: Changing Gender Discourse in Contemporary Urban China
Urban Chinese women face mounting challenges in the contemporary era of "reprivatized womanhood." But it was not always that way.
- How Much More Processed Food Can We Eat?
Food policies for the 21st century will be about the purpose of markets and the need to hold marketers to account for their activities.
- China's Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies are Changing the Rules of Business
Entrepreneurs emerging from China are redefining the nature of business—not just in China, but everywhere in the world. The new millionaires and billionaires are determined to ride that wave of growth and see how they can shape it to serve their own ends.
- Africa's Rising GDP Numbers
African countries are recalculating their gross domestic products to include previously unaccounted economic activities. Is it a strategy of these countries to market themselves or does rebasing reflect the economic reality of the situation?
- Why Isn't Food a Public Good?
What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a public good or commons and not merely as a commodity?
- Of Moonshots and Slingshots
Only if policy people and technologists work together better will we change the world in ways that are congruent with our most critical human needs and planetary risks.
- 3 Tools for Turning Fragile States into Inclusive Societies
In Seth Kaplan's new book he identifies three tools for successful development in fragile states: social cohesion, an inclusive ideology, and incentives for elites.
- Poverty Is Never Just One Problem at a Time
Only a multidimensional approach can determine who is poor, how they are poor, and which deprivations they experience simultaneously. Indian policymakers need these details.
- Forging India's New CSR Mandate
India may become the first country to enact compulsory spending on corporate social responsibility, but is it taking the right approach?
- Peace Pays for Itself
The global economic impact of violence in 2012 was estimated to be $9.5 trillion. Governments need a way to account for and recuperate these unproductive expenditures.
- The Right Social Policies Can Promote Intergenerational Ethics
A new study by Bertelsmann Foundation analyzes fairness between the young and the old, and provides policy solutions for governments in aging societies.
- POEM: Tomorrow's Child
This poem was written to convey the imperative of sustainability. As geographical lines blur due to trade and markets, so can ethics.
- Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Smuggling of Endangered Animals
Despite a recent surge in enforcement, more needs to be done to fight bribery and endangered animal smuggling on the porous Vietnam-China border.
- The 'Copter Will See You Now
As countries develop policies for civilian and commercial drones, it is important to apply ethical standards that are permissive of innovation.
- UNDP Uses a New Human Development Eco Footprint
The 2013 Human Development Report has brought hybrid economic-ecologic metrics into a new era, providing a clear path to a broader meaning of development.
- China's Ecological Pivot
The World Cultural Forum held this spring in Hangzhou witnessed what may be an epochal pivot by the Chinese leadership toward an ecological future.
- WEF Proposes a Public-Private United "Nations"
The United Nations faces further erosion of authority if the World Economic Forum gets its way on global governance.
- Solar Trade Wars Threaten the Climate Fight
Can countries along the solar supply chain coordinate their domestic subsidies before a trade war erupts that would be bad for business and the environment?