Why Smaller Humans Are in Our Future

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There is no doubt that increased human size threatens human survival. Taller people require more resources and food, water and energy to function within the same lifestyle as smaller, proportionately lighter people.  > More


China Must Stop Building Car-Centered Cities


Urban planner Peter Calthorpe calls for an end to China's car-centered approach to urban development, and offers alternatives


Ebola: What Went Wrong?


In a chronically underfunded global health system whose needs are so often eclipsed by issues of national insecurity and expediency, it is time to tackle Ebola strategically.


A Critical Look at Geoengineering Against Climate Change

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Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?


The Rise of the Robots

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J. Bradford Delong

The question is not whether robots and computers will make human labor infinitely more productive, but whether the jobs outside of the robot-computer economy remain valuable and in high demand.


China Could Move First to Geoengineer the Climate

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Olivia Boyd

As geoengineering advocates talk up the "technofix" approach to climate change, governments may start intervening unilaterally in earth's systems, says Clive Hamilton.


We Know It Works, So Let’s Keep Women’s Health Central in Global Development

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Ann Starrs

Few investments reap such rewards such as those in women.


How Schools Kill Creativity

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Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


More Crop for the Drop

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Henry I. Miller

As water scarcity increases, drought-stricken crops wither, and food prices rise, the need for resilient agriculture will become more obvious—and more urgent. With more rational public policy, we can meet that need now.

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