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The rise in global carbon emissions between 1850-2009. (Data from Boden et al. 2012)
September 17, 2014 - 12:00pm EDT
 In our world, there has never been a greater threat to humanity since the emergence of climate change. Last week, the UN Meteorological Organization released a report that CO2 levels on our planet are rising at an uncontrollable rate. If that’s not concerning enough, most of the major greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere reached an all-time high level in the year 2013. Eventually, these gases will become more [...] Read More
ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State, Syria, Iraq,
September 12, 2014 - 12:00pm EDT
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is continuing to gain both territory and vital resources in their quest of religious cleansing and spreading the control of their caliphate. Consequently, pressure is mounting on President Obama and the rest of the world’s leaders to step up and extinguish the violence in the area. The US has successfully conducted airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. However, it is clear that it is [...] Read More
World Trade Center tribute in lights
September 11, 2014 - 11:30am EDT
This piece was originally published on September 11, 2011. It has been reposted to reflect on the tragic events and impacts of 9/11 and on our international strategy going forward. Ten years ago, while driving to work, I watched in horror as smoke and flames billowed from the Pentagon from across the Potomac River. Later, huddled in a basement office, our small staff overcame its fear that this was "the beginning of the [...] Read More
Donna and her grandson Jake
September 11, 2014 - 10:00am EDT
Letters to Jake Series, Letter #5 Dear Jake, Our recent visit to the Natural History Museum was so much fun. Papa and I were very glad that you insisted on seeing the movie in the “Origin of Man” exhibit. “We Are All One Species” was a fascinating movie for children and adults alike. It was interesting to learn that the other human species died out 17,000 years ago, at about the same time that our species, Homo sapiens, [...] Read More
Democracy across borders
September 08, 2014 - 11:00am EDT
Over the past decade the world has faced various global problems, many of which have not been adequately dealt with by governments and international institutions. These have ranged from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, terrorism, wars, extreme poverty, unresolved environmental negotiations or gross human rights violations to unfair trade and investment practices. These unresolved problems have [...] Read More
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