Tag Archives: environment

  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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  The Globalization of Chinese Medicine

Yale researchers recently found that huang qin tang, a Chinese herb mixture, is effective at reducing chemotherapy’s side effects, including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Phase II clinical trials for the herb mixture are being funding by NIH’s National Cancer Institute. …

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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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  Regulating Mercury: A Crucial Step Forward

After more than 20 years of deliberation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally issued the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), the first national standards in the U.S. to regulate power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic air …

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  You Are One in Seven Billion

Introduction On October 31, 2011, the UN declared that the seven billionth person in the world had been born.  This new population milestone comes just twelve years after the birth of the 6th billionth, Adnan Nevic, on October 12, 1999 in …

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  Solyndra’s Lessons: Challenges of the Global Energy Market

In September 2011, Solyndra, a U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer, declared bankruptcy. The Solyndra case illustrates the complexity of developing renewable energies. Many globalization factors influence the production and distribution of renewable energy, such as economics, politics, science and technology policy, …

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  Why Are Tar Sands so Controversial?

Recent star-studded rallies in front of the White House and the Canadian Parliament protest the building of the Keystone XL, an oil pipeline connecting Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Considered a strategic element of U.S. energy policy, …

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  Electric Cars: Wave of the Future or Worst Investment Ever Made?

In September 2011, Canada welcomed its first shipment of Chevrolet Volts. General Motors and SAIC, its Chinese partner, agreed to co-develop a new electric car.1 And, the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany dedicated a whole exhibit hall to electric mobility.2 …

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  It’s All About Jobs

The United States has barely recovered from the financial crisis and Europe will soon face a sovereign debt crisis. Unemployment has reached an average 9.9 percent in Europe in June 2011, but ranges from four percent in Austria to twenty-one …

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