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‘Net zero’ is a useful organising principle for climate action. But some companies are using it to kick the can and avoid decarbonising.

‘Net zero’ has become one of the most important terms in debates about climate change. Though it has been used in niche climate discourse for many years, it is since the Paris climate conference in 2015 that it has been elevated to celebrity status.

There it was used to organise emissions targets for countries, providing clear direction to the world’s efforts to coordinate action on climate change. And it was useful to these efforts because of the simple yet effective goal that it expresses:

Greenhouse Gases Emitted - Greenhouse Gases Sequestered = 0

‘Net zero’ is a good aim. It…


Brazilian govt supporters in the congress are only following the money

Regardless of any political actions, we always end up stranded by consequences. Not even the media, responsible for clarifying facts through clear lenses in an honest way (that’s what we expect so), cannot always follow the short period of chaos in Bolsonaro’s government.

Since he was elected, Bolsonaro’s movements to denialism, constitutional amputation and surrender to the American flag have disturbed many Brazilians worldwide.

His videos of shaking Donald Trump’s hands, speaking about his God, declaring war against public institutions and demonstrating no empathy towards aboriginal peoples showed to be from a typical far-right president that Brazil wasn’t waiting for…


A deep dive into how mass media can make a real difference in policymaking and why the CNN effect is no longer that big of a deal.

With the continuous advancement of global communication and with the ability to see coverage from more places than ever before, we live in an age when news can reach other continents in mere seconds, and, because of globalisation, the world itself may often seem like one big continent. The argument of whether the media can influence foreign policymaking has been around since the rise of cable news television in the United States in…


The Cuban arts group that kicked off a revolution

Cuba today faces a revolution — a revolution in politics, a revolution in culture, and a revolution in art.

Since the outbreak of demonstrations on July 11th, numerous Cuban artists and performers took to the streets to sound the call of protest.

At the center of these demonstrations is the so-called Movimiento San Isidro — the San Isidro Movement. Even in its infancy, this collective of young artists has become synonymous with anti-authoritarian resistance in Cuba — likely the first of its kind for the 60-year-old dictatorship.

According to its website, the MSI was founded in 2018.

On April 20th…


This article evaluates the increasing frequency and strength of extreme weather events due to climate change and global warming.

During the ongoing monsoon season in India and worldwide, several extreme weather events have been recorded, which have caused enormous damage to both life and property. In states across India, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarkhand, etc., disasters such as torrential rains, heavy floods, landslides, lightning incidents have been reported, which have caused large scale damage to both life and property.

For example, landslides in Himachal Pradesh last week are the massive floods and torrential rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka, or even the recent lightning disaster in Rajasthan few other states. All these disasters are an outcome of complex…


Robots are becoming increasingly useful. And they’re arriving just in time to save us from an ageing workforce, experts say.

Rather than be worried that robots will take our jobs over the next 20 years, we should be more afraid there won’t be enough robots. That’s the prediction made by roboticist and serial entrepreneur Rodney Brooks.

The pioneering Australian, founder of iRobot — the Boston-based billion-dollar company which has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide (including the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the Packbot bomb disposal rovers) — says the world is on the verge of a major shift that will see the world’s robot population explode into every facet of life.

It’s being driven by dramatic recent advances in…


Politics

America’s miscalculations in Afghanistan and its inability to deal with the armed non-state actors are corroborating China’s Expansionism.

“Alongside the globalization of the world economy, the international political system is tilting schizophrenically towards greater fragmentation.” Says William J. Burns in his book the Back Channel.

Geopolitics cannot stand voids, and therefore China jumped right in and axed it. Just some days after the U.S pulls out of Afghanistan, China shows its grand support to the Taliban by hosting a meeting for their co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani and eight others with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, in Tianjin, China. The timing is perfect for the Taliban as they are desperately looking for validity from the international community, especially…


Politics

China’s staunch animosity towards democracy takes shape in Hong Kong as the rule of law gets pulverized, and it launches ideological warfare on Hongkongers.

The Chinese government has perfectly calculated the ideological barrenness that it thinks persists in Hong Kong’s society. It has found ways to replenish that. They achieve the task by suppressing dissent, necessitating loyalty, blocking information through cracking down on the internet, and by deploying many more similar tactics. However, its goal is always to maintain social stability no matter what, as that is their code to political power. Social stability is seen as a byproduct of high economic growth, whereas people are seen as the biggest threat to power by officials. That’s why they need to be subsumed in the…


Welcome to a regular snapshot-review of U.S. and international economic news that aims to 1) provide a window into the challenges and decisions facing businesses today, 2) determine the direction of economic policy — such as the speed at which central banks decide to raise interest rates, and 3) assess what the impact will be for consumers.

COVID-19 Delta Variant Spurs CDC U-Turn

The highly-infectious Delta variant once again dominated the news cycle this week. Unpublished research by the U.S. Center for Disease Control indicates that the Delta variant causes more severe illness and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal CDC presentation obtained by the Washington Post.

The CDC also updated its guidance this week for fully vaccinated Americans, urging them to “wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.”

They also recommended that fully vaccinated people wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased…


Superpower competition enters orbit.

New Frontiers

On 17th of June, China launched her Shenzhou-12 rocket into orbit to dock at the international space station. Impressive as it was, it was only the latest space-based success for the ascendent superpower.

In early December of last year, China became the second nation in history, and the first one of the century, to plant their flag on the moon. While not a manned space flight, it was completed with an advanced probe and is symbolic of the Asian giant’s ambitions and scientific abilities.

This reflects a growing trend in what looks to be the opening stages of another major…

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