The common fruit fly – which lives one to two months, suggesting insignificance – has changed the world through medical research, leading to eight Nobel prizes in human genetics and disease prevention breakthroughs. Today an even smaller organism, Coronavirus, is changing the world even more significantly. And confronting it with the same opportunity for breakthroughs as scientists
Not all problems are purely about numbers. But try to take on a single large-scale issue in the country and world today without specific detailed information. It doesn't matter what side of a question you're on. Legal abortion? Then you need to consider how poor people as well as wealthy can get access. Oppose it?
I first learned about global warming while still in college in the early 1990s. I had enrolled in “Our Home, the Solar System,” a class taught by the famous astronomer, Carl Sagan. Enrollment was limited to just 15 students, and to get in I had to write an essay. My rationale was that as a
In a world where the dual scourges of immense poverty and global warming often overwhelm even the most optimistic people, investors of a new breed are stepping into the breach and staking hundreds of billions of dollars on solving the massive problems facing humankind. But this path to positive impacts isn't just about doing good. It's also about making
Over the past half-century, climate change has been blamed for heat waves, flooding, and rising seas. Now, researchers say warmer temperatures are widening the chasm separating richer and poorer countries, effectively boosting the economies of many wealthy polluters while dampening growth in much of the developing world. As a result, inequality between the haves and
1. Growing Climate Risk The biggest sustainability challenge the world faces today is global warming, and two reports released this fall underscored its magnitude. The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, written by scientists convened by the United Nations and released in October, finds that the world is currently on a path to warm by