Ethiopia: A Geopolitical Time Bomb in the Making

cc Jonathan Alpeyrie, modified, wikicommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Column_of_ONLF_rebels.jpg

Ethiopia’s climate-sensitive economy, growing population, and inter-ethnic conflict make it a geopolitical time bomb primed to explode.

Climate Change: Unfit for the Residual Heat

Smokestacks, cc Flickr Quinn Dombrowski, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

New strategies must be explored to address the climate change elephant in the room: industrial heat.

The Hidden Price of Interlinking Rivers in India

Boat ride on the Ganges, cc Flickr rusticus80, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Are the economic benefits of India’s interlinking river project worth the massive and largely unquantified ecological risks?

Water Conflict: Will a Drying Iran Face Syria’s Fate?

Iran's disappearing Lake Urmia from space in 2016. Photo credit: This image or video was catalogued by Johnson Space Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: ISS049-E-3471.

Iran is showing the same water strains that helped to destabilize Syria ahead of the civil war.

Outlook 2018: The Year in Drought


Droughts disrupted food production and spurred migration and conflict worldwide in 2017. Will 2018 be any different?

Oceans More Wild West than Global Commons

171212-N-BK384-039 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 12, 2017) The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) transits the Suez Canal. San Diego, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger/Released), http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/171212-N-BK384-039.JPG

The global strategic framework for regulating the oceans could be in danger of becoming a dead letter.

In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis

JapanChild, cc Flickr Jim Epler, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Birth rates are so low in Japan that a precipitous drop in population is now all but inevitable. What’s causing the problem, and what can be done about it?

Climate Change, Hunger, and Terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin

Nigeria Refugee Camp Resident, cc Flickr UK Mission to the UN New York, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For an example of how climate change can fuel terrorism and regional conflict, look no further than the Lake Chad Basin.

Climate Change in the Middle East

SyriaClimateChange, cc Flickr Martin Talbon, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rising global temperatures will bring major economic and political changes to the Middle East

Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

Credit: photo by Adam Hunt.

Informed activists help improve public involvement in policy planning

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