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It is the first day of February and a major snowstorm is bearing down on the Great Lakes region with the overnight low forecasted to be a bone-chilling 0°F. I am Canadian to the core, but by this...

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Solutions in History

Proponents and critics of taking action on climate change are each frustrated by the process of stalemated debate. Proponents are convinced of the scientific evidence and cannot understand the...

In the eyes of many, Thomas Jefferson embodies the contradictions of the young American republic. The principal writer of the Declaration of Independence was a man deeply committed to the...

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The Gulf region, and the Middle East as a whole, is not the only region of the world where women experience inequality. In Asia, Africa...

Here is one of the most intriguing questions of our time—what is China’s political destiny? For some, the answer seems self-evident: world domination. Martin Jacques and many other China-watchers...

The Comtat Vénaissin plain is a small area in Southern France with such a specific economy and strong internal organization that it can be considered as a separate socio-environmental unit, even...

Others On the Ground

In the past 20 years, the field of design has undergone tremendous change. Design's universality as a powerful approach to problem solving and its potential to serve as a catalyst for positive...

"Schools and businesses were closed for a second day and thousands of residents still couldn't go home Wednesday as a weakened timber dam threatened to give way and spill a 6-foot...

On a sky-blue October day, I drove into the dry country of eastern New Mexico to visit an award-winning ranch and contemplate the carbon cycle. Although I had visited many well-managed ranches...

Giant pandas have lost vast areas of their natural habitat. The loss is because of rapid economic development in China, a nation that is making the fastest transition in human history from an...

As soon as I opened the door to the crate, the cat shot up the stairs. I had been in the basement for about 20 minutes, listening to the wind blow and the rain come down. When the sirens sounded...