‘Climate change impact is doubled if you are a woman and you are indigenous’

Lake Chad is disappearing before our very eyes. “From 1960, it was 25,000km square. In 2001, it’s shedding to 2,000 to 2,500,” explained Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, referring to data from NASA’s observations of the region. “In 40 years, the water evaporated 90pc.” With populations growing in the surrounding countries of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and … [Read more…]

Weekend Takeaway: Green goals and a blood moon

Why is the Government so late when it comes to taking climate action? Image: © icedmocha/Stock.adobe.com The Irish Government is doubling down on its message that taking climate action is necessary, all while hundreds of millions in EU fines await, writes Colm Gorey. Confirmed: 1,500 new jobs and a Salesforce Tower for Dublin Aerial rendering … [Read more…]

Do some organisations have unofficial LGBTQ quotas?

While students from across Ireland were leaving the public and judges amazed by their scientific prowess at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BYSTE) 2019, three diversity champions were telling their story at the Inspirefest BTYSTE Leaders’ Lunch. The panel discussion focused on winning strategies for building an inclusive and equitable workplace, featuring those often … [Read more…]

Post-Crisis Financial Regulation: Experiences from Both Sides of the Atlantic

Nicola Cetorelli, Stephanie Clampitt, Giovanni Majnoni d’Intignano, and Valerio Vacca To mark the 100-year anniversary of the Banca d’Italia’s New York office, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Banca d’Italia hosted a workshop on post-crisis financial regulation in November 2018. The goal of the workshop was to discuss differences in regulation between … [Read more…]

Why hasn’t technology improved government effectiveness?

By Shanta Devarajan Over the past 20 years, the increase in computing power by about eight to 10 orders of magnitude has brought the costs of using digital technologies down to a tiny fraction of their year 2000 levels (Figure 1). Figure 1. The costs of using many technologies are dropping rapidly From Charting Pathways … [Read more…]

LA teachers’ strike marks a return to normal

By Michael Hansen After months of an impasse in negotiations over a new labor contract, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) this Monday reported to picket lines rather than the classroom. This strike, the first in 30 years for the nation’s second-largest school district, takes on added significance as it follows last … [Read more…]

25 years after Ukraine denuclearized, Russian aggression continues to rise

By Strobe Talbott, Maggie Tennis Twenty-five years ago this week, the United States, Russia, and Ukraine signed the Trilateral Statement and Annex, in which Ukraine agreed to transfer its nuclear stockpile to Russia. In exchange, Ukraine received compensation for the value of the highly enriched uranium in the nuclear warheads, assistance in eliminating the strategic … [Read more…]

Trump stands on shaky ground, new poll shows

By William A. Galston 2019 is shaping up as a year testing the Trump presidency on every front: foreign policy, trade, a potentially slowing economy, and relations with the Democratic-controlled House and an increasingly fractious Senate—eleven of whose Republican members just joined forces with Democrats to vote against lifting sanctions on a Russian oligarch. Looming … [Read more…]