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  Global Climate Change and the Expiration of the Kyoto Protocols

The Kyoto Protocols expired at the end of 2012, potentially leaving global climate change efforts at a standstill. Fortunately, at the recent Doha Conference, participating countries voted to extend the Kyoto Protocols until 2020. While clearly a step in the …

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  Oil and Natural Gas: The Next Economic Boom?

Oil and natural gas are two of the world’s most prominent energy sources, accounting for 60 percent of the world’s energy needs (National Energy Board, 2012). The U.S. share in the production of these resources is growing. Oil production in …

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  Four More Years: Globalization and Obama’s Second Term

After a resounding win in the 2012 presidential elections, President Obama faces many hard choices in his second term.  In the short term, finding a solution to prevent the fiscal cliff will be the first priority of the administration. If …

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  Cause for Concern: Market Structure and Drought Creates Fear over Corn Prices

One of the defining events of the summer of 2012 was the drought that laid scourge to the Midwest United States. Record breaking temperatures and yawning gaps in precipitation in recent years exacerbated damage to crop yields in the region …

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  Globalization Challenges at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Every two years when the Olympic season begins, new globalization controversies are brought to light. Many activists view the Olympics as the perfect platform to raise public awareness and pressure governments and corporations to behave more ethically.  Battles waged ahead …

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  Rio 20+, a Failed Effort to Build a New Worldwide Sustainability Agreement

In June 2012, the biggest United Nations conference in its history, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20), was held in Rio de Janeiro. More than 45,000 people participated, including more than 100 heads of state, …

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  Arctic Drilling

Many associate the Arctic with dramatic icy landscapes spotted by glaciers and floating ice caps and filled with polar bears, walruses, sea otters, whales and migrating birds. The World Wildlife Fund describes it as a “keystone ecosystem for the entire …

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  What Portugal Thinks About Globalization

Due to the European debt crisis and Portugal’s status as a debtor nation, Portugal has been covered in the media a lot in recent months. Beyond the immediate crisis, less is known about the impact of globalization on the country. …

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  Behind the New Burma

A thaw in relations between Burma and the West is underway. U.S. Secretary of State, United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary and other high level government officials from the West have recently visited this former pariah state. Europe eased travel bans for …

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  A Kim of a Different Il: Possible effects of North Korean Succession

Introduction and History On December 17, 2011, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-il, died of a heart attack while on a train outside of Pyongyang.  As a result, his youngest son, Great Successor Kim Jong-un, was left in control of …

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