October 3, 2019Food and Water Security
For a precarious global agricultural system with powerful feedback loops, business as usual means widespread hunger and embedded systemic risk.
September 25, 2019Politics and Government
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced late yesterday that the House had opened an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. It’s a news story that will be with us for weeks to come. Here a…
September 19, 2019United States
Today marks the 223rd anniversary of George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to a speech, but it was actually a six-thousand-word letter to the American people. It f…
September 10, 2019Namibia
Nobody who cares about Africa’s wildlife can like a September 9 New York Times headline, “Hunter Seeks to Import Parts of Rare Rhino He Paid $400,000 to Kill.” The story recalls the dentist from Michigan who paid for, shot, and killed Cecil, an elderly lion in Zimbabwe. In this case, a Michigan big game hunter paid a Namibia conservation organization $400,000 for the opportunity to shoot a black rhino. Now, he is applying to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to bring its skull, hide, and horns into the United States.
August 14, 2019Nigeria
The fishing town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, has been devastated by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. It is currently controlled by the Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). The group is led by Abu Abdallah al-Barnawi, and is separate from, and presumably a rival to, Abubakar Shekau’s faction. Obi Anyadike, a reporter, interviewed eight former residents of Baga who had fled to Maiduguri.
August 7, 2019Climate Change
Pacific island nations under threat from rising sea levels can translate geopolitical competition in the region into climate action.