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Climate Change in Developing Countries: Some Interesting Facts

Climate Change in Developing Countries: Some Interesting Facts

A good report, from the Current Science Journal, passed over my desk this week. From 2009, the paper looks at the issue of climate change from a developing country perspective and provides a climate strategy suited to their unique priorities. The authors are in favor of opportunities that benefit both the environment and the economy […]

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Global Pulse 2010: Online Development Dialogue

Global Pulse 2010: Online Development Dialogue

For the past three days I participated in USAID’s online dialogue about various international development topics.  Called “Global Pulse 2010, “ USAID has the following to say about it: …a 3-day, online collaboration event, that will bring together individual socially-engaged participants and organizations from around the world. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is […]

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The Changing Reputation of Climate Science

The Changing Reputation of Climate Science

The March 1st issue of Newsweek magazine has a good article outlining how climate science has become a bruised, intensely politicized issue that is negatively impacting public support for environmental causes. “The battle between “alarmists” and “deniers” has taken a huge toll, not just on [scientists].  It has also damaged the credibility of climate science […]

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Does the Health Care Bill Prevent or Encourage Climate Legislation?

With the health care debate kicked forward, various post mortems are speculating whether the bill passing makes a cap-and-trade legislation more or less likely. On the one hand, Obama’s win on contentious health reforms may have boosted the momentum to now pass what is comparatively easy.  From the gang at Climate Progress: “If progressives can […]

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Where Does U.S. Aid Go?

Where Does U.S. Aid Go?

Though I tend to stick to climate related topics, new-to-me OECD foreign aid data (via William Easterly’s blog) seemed particularly relevant to draw attention to here. Below is a graph showing all U.S. aid, by recipient, from 2004-2008. It’s like an ugly joke, rendered useless by illegible font and an unapparent color scheme. But with […]

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Exciting Opportunities with the U.S. FPA

Exciting Opportunities with the U.S. FPA

Many exciting opportunities  are popping up from the U.S. Foreign Policy Association.   Readers may find it useful to see these  in one place and so, voila: 1. The U.S. FPA wants more bloggers. Apply here! Take it from one who knows, blogging for the FPA is an immense opportunity, offering you a chance to […]

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Links from Around the Web – Sushi Edition

Links from Around the Web – Sushi Edition

1.  On March 3rd, the Obama Administration announced its support to declare the bluefish tuna endangered and to ban international trade of the fish.  Japan is not happy and Europe is divided.  Sushi aficionados in Japan and elsewhere have consumed bluefin for decades, causing the fish’s population to plummet.  This month, representatives from 175 countries […]

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Investing in People: Parliamentary Internships Pay Dividends

Investing in People: Parliamentary Internships Pay Dividends

When I was in Uganda last month I was fortunate to learn more about an interesting parliamentary internship program being carried out by the Center for International Development (CID) of the State University of New York (full disclosure: I used to work there).   Supported by Higher Education for Development (which uses fairly small grants to […]

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The New Climate.gov Website

The New Climate.gov Website

A quick post to direct readers to the new climate change portal website, run by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. Launched earlier this month, the site is intended to be a one-stop-shop for all U.S. climate related information.  According to the NOAA, the site is designed to address […]

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Regardless of Science & Debate, The Climate Wins

Regardless of Science & Debate, The Climate Wins

In 2005, global warming doomsayers warned that Hurricane Katrina was so destructive that it could attributed only to a threat as pervasive as global warming.  Similarly, this winter’s record snowfall in the Eastern U.S. has led many, mainstream media outlets to link the unusual weather events to accelerating climate change.  In stark opposition, others arguing […]

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China in Uganda: A Building Fit for a President

China in Uganda: A Building Fit for a President

This week I returned from a trip to Uganda.  While there I saw evidence of the favorite topic of many in the international development community – the role of Chinese foreign assistance in Africa.  Across the street from the parliament building is an enormous construction site with working ongoing 24 hours a day, 7 days […]

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New Movie on RFK in South Africa

New Movie on RFK in South Africa

I have written before about Robert Kennedy’s trip to South Africa in 1966 (that post is here).   A movie has just been made about that trip and the connections between the anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements.   “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope”  is directed by Tami Gold and Larry Shore […]

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The 2010 Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum

The 2010 Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum

In time for its annual meeting last month, the World Economic Forum released the fifth edition of its Global Risks Report (full report here).  Each year, the report outlines some of the current issues dominating the global risks landscape and the appropriate measures required to address these risks. If the 2010 report is distinguished from […]

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Links from Around the Web – Blizzard Edition

Links from Around the Web – Blizzard Edition

This batch of links is dedicated to my friends in Washington D.C., who are home from work, staring out their windows in awe of mass precipitation.  To ease your Snowmaggedon boredom, some light reading: 1.  If the climate accord works, will the climate notice? Maybe.  But success depends on what countries do after 2020. 2.  […]

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Engage Globally, Think Locally: Great Decisions 2010

Engage Globally, Think Locally: Great Decisions 2010

Global Engagement as a concept and component of foreign policy can often seem like inside baseball, a potentially wonky set of topics reserved for inside-the-Beltway Washington types whose jobs its is to formulate and implement foreign policy.  But is should not be so limited in its scope – and it cannot if it is going […]

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