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Food Security and Agricultural Sustainability Should be Governed at the Supranational Level

By Anonymous Access to a sustainable food supply that conforms to basic health standards should be a right of every person, regardless of nationality or wealth. To date, there is no substantial international governmental organization that has authority to coordinate global food security or supply regulation. Due to this vacuum in international governance, some IGOs […]

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Turkey’s Renewable Energy Policy

By Okan As a country that imports 98% of its natural gas and 92% of its oil, one of Turkey’s main goals is energy security (1). Energy independence will not only reduce reliance on Russian and Iranian natural gas, but will also improve trade deficit driven by the energy imports (>$60 billion of energy imports […]

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Response: Our Erstwhile Saviors Mr. Democracy and Sir Capitalism are Destroying…

By Seth A student from the class in 2013 put forward a provocative and interesting hypothesis that democracy and capitalism may simply not be up to the task of mitigating climate change due to their inherent focus on the short term (https://innovbusenergyenviro.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/our-erstwhile-saviors-mr-democracy-and-sir-capitalism-are-actually-together-destroying-our-planet/). Commenters at the time pointed out that it is not clear that other […]

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Whatever it Takes

By Michael Rubenstein In this article, I want to examine the gap between projected world energy consumption by fuel type and the required levels of zero- and low-carbon energy supply to prevent climate calamities according to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). How much energy do we need by 2050? According to the U.S. EIA, […]

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Should we re-invest in high-risk areas in New Orleans?

By Anonymous (with many family links to Tulane University and New Orleans) Should we re-invest in high-risk areas in New Orleans? This issue came up during our discussion of the Katrina situation. I think it’s extremely important to focus on the low-risk areas, especially in the New Orleans decision. First, the majority of the money […]

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EU 2030 Targets – sending weak signals

By Kat Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 23–24, the EU Commission outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. French President François Hollande said the deal would send a clear message to big polluters such as China and the United States ahead of UN talks in Paris next year to agree global legally […]

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What is the value of an endangered species?

By Bret As we have seen in multiple classes thus far, the interests of business and profit often impose on the viability of an endangered species. In California, central valley farmers supporting cash crops with water transported from the north threatened the finger-sized Delta smelt through pumping activity and heightened water salinity. In the Mojave […]

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Texas Water Supply and Demand Dynamics

By Ashleigh The state of Texas is the second largest in the U.S. and is slightly larger than France, with an economy larger than that of Spain. For a state of this size, proper water supply management is a complex task despite the comparatively well-developed infrastructure and high per capita income, which contrast to areas […]

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Nuclear Power is Coming Back

By Jesse JYY In class we talked about a new generation of nuclear power plants, but is nuclear still on the table? Is it really making a comeback, only two years after the Fukushima scare? Amid consistent opposition from civil organizations and concerns over its far-reaching and lasting ecological damage when accidents occur? Yes it […]

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CSR as a Legal Requirement in EM¹s – slowing down growth, or a necessary forcing mechanism?

By M.V. With the Companies Act of 2013, India became the world’s first country to place a legal requirement around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment by businesses (1). The law applies to business that meet certain profit and scale requirements — net worth upwards of 500 crore Rupees (US $81 million), or turnover upwards of […]

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