Category: Comment & Opinion
In 1957, the world watched in wonder as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into outer space. Despite Cold War anxieties, The New York Times admitted that space exploration ‘represented a step toward escape from man’s imprisonment to Earth and its thin envelope of atmosphere’.
California has long been seen as the place where the future takes shape, and the state has drawn to it seekers from all over the world and across the political spectrum. It’s a Mecca for the local- and organic-food movement’s pilgrims as well as for today’s disciples of techno-libertarians such as Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.
A conversation about flying leads to some unexpected discoveries about how to minimize the climate impacts of getting around
Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more popular. This trend away from farmed meat-eating looks set to continue. But how far should we go? Would it be good if the last cow died?
Many scientists believe that halting global warming at 1.5°C will require us to invent Negative Emission Technologies – machines that can suck climate warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air. But such technology already exists and has done for over two billion years.
If we are committed to transforming the lives of women across the globe, we have to start with the least developed countries
Communities are breaking down due to the loss of life and livelihoods from land degradation and drought
By using imaging scans to measure internal decay, researchers find forests may store far less carbon than we think.
In recent months, there’s been a global push to get tech companies to help combat terrorist activities – to make it harder for terrorists to communicate and publicize their heinous attacks online. We need the same kind of resolute effort – led by hackers and savvy computer users – to fight illegal hunting and trading.
Generations of folk-wisdom embodied in many traditional diets has recognized the importance of fruits and vegetables. In fact, the first formal dietary recommendation, issued in 1835 in the United Kingdom, highlighted the importance of citrus fruits for treating scurvy.