FROM Janos Pasztor
UN Panel Urges Sustainable Development At the African Union conference in Ethiopia today, the UN’s 22-member Panel on Global Sustainability issued a stark warning about sustaining the nations of the World as we know them. The report, " Resilient People, Resilient Planet : A Future Worth Choosing," warns that by 2030, the demand for food will rise by 50 percent, energy by 45 percent and water by 30 percent. What are the prospects of 56 recommendations being put into effect in time to avoid a slow-moving catastrophe?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?