Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

How ‘evolving’ technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Feb 22, 2017

Sharad Sinha, Nanyang Technological University Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it’s fully functional? The Microsoft Windows operating system is estimated to power about 90% of world’s personal computers today....

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

Feb 10, 2017

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm University and Will Steffen, Australian National University Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made...

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Johan Galtung The author is professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He has published 164 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages,...

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Shaky Start to Silicon Smelters in Iceland

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – Silicon metal smelters have taken over from aluminium plants as the desirable heavy industry for Iceland. At Helguvik in the southwest of the island, close to Reykjavik’s international airport, United Silicon has just started operating a silicon smelter, while...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Michael Klare, Donald Trump’s Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

Dec 16, 2016

Republished with permission from TomDispatch.com Posted by Michael Klare at 7:54am, December 15, 2016. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt The Trump administration-in-formation is a stew of generals, billionaires, and multimillionaires — and as in the case of retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the likely new secretary of defense, even...

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

How Climate Action Can Make America Great

Dec 15, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Vinod Thomas SINGAPORE – Climate change is the single biggest challenge facing humankind. Yet the next president of the United States – the world’s second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter and a critical actor in climate policy – does not believe it is happening, or at least that humans have a role in driving it. If Donald...

Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

Internal Memo Sparks Fears of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

Dec 9, 2016

Originally published on Common Dreams.   An important message for President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: Speak Your Mind/Julian Koschorke/cc/flickr) by Lauren McCauley President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack...

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Tax avoidance: the damage done

Dec 9, 2016

Originally published on New Internationalist Tax avoidance has some of its most pernicious effects in the Global South. Stephanie Boyd reports from Peru. A worker from Peru’s state-run oil company tries to hammer a piece of wood into a gaping hole in the country’s northern pipeline. He fails. Repeatedly. The oil continues to gush with alarming speed and force....

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