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"Water rights are often based on outdated, complex systems of ownership."

Market design can help solve global water scarcity. Here’s how

A successful initiative in the US to reallocate scarce radio spectrum demonstrates the power and potential of market design

“In Austria we have one of the biggest Afghan communities in the whole of Europe,” Nehammer said and complained that migrants would have to pass 10 secure countries before reaching Austria.

Austria says it will not solve Europe’s Afghanistan problem

By: EBR | Monday, July 26, 2021

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has strongly criticised the EU over its migration policy saying it has failed to deliver tangible results

"The carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) was tabled by the European Commission this month as a CO2 tariff on polluting goods to protect European companies facing higher carbon prices and decarbonisation costs."

EU’s planned carbon border levy violates trade principles, says China

By: EBR | Monday, July 26, 2021

The European Union’s plan to impose the world’s first carbon border levy will expand climate issues into trade, both violating international principles and hurting prospects for economic growth

"Recent and past European history shows that, once elected, populist politicians with authoritarian leanings can work to paralyze the executive branch of government."

The Route to Authoritarian Power in Democracies: From the 1930s to the 2020s

By: EBR | Monday, July 26, 2021

The history of white nationalism, grievance and authoritarianism in Europe makes the agenda of the current Republican Party in the US far easier to understand

"Ecosystem-based climate solutions have the greatest positive impact both for the planet and for local communities in developing countries."

We can help beat the climate crisis by investing in nature

By: EBR | Friday, July 23, 2021

In Paris in 2015, leaders from 192 nations committed to limit the increase of global average temperatures since pre-industrial levels to well below 2°C, while pursuing efforts to stay within 1.5°C

"Despite concerns about COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo begins later this month."

Can the Tokyo Olympics help bring the world together?

By: EBR | Thursday, July 22, 2021

Exactly 125 years after the first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens, the first ever summer Olympics to take place without spectators are set to begin in Tokyo this week

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"The change to integrate more complex methods will require that politicians not claim to predict the future based on ideology or theory."

Is Critical Race Theory Too Complex for U.S. Politics?

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Today’s problems call for less binary and more systems thinking

Main cover theme bids farewell to the EU leader that dominated the Continent time and again: Chancellor Angela Merkel.

New EBR issue bids farewell to Angela Merkel

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

It’s Summer time, although not a normal (another) one, still the holiday season we almost all have been waiting for… So, here we go with issue number 3 for 2021

10% of the world’s population were undernourished in 2020.

World hunger surged in 2020, with 1 in 10 people on Earth undernourished

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Nearly 10% of everyone on Earth – an estimated 768 million of us – were undernourished in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted economies, job markets and supply chains and inflated food prices

"Washington is pressing Germany to find ways to ensure that Russia cannot use the pipeline, which is 98% complete, to harm Ukraine or other allies in Eastern Europe. The project is led by Russian state energy company Gazprom and its Western partners."

Biden, Merkel fail to resolve differences about Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

By: EBR | Friday, July 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Thursday (15 July) to settle their dispute over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbours

"The scheme was launched with China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, seeking to take a global leadership role on the climate crisis in the lead up to a crucial UN summit in November."

China steps up climate fight with emissions trading scheme

By: EBR | Friday, July 16, 2021

Two days after the European Union unveiled new carbon-cutting plans, China launched its long-awaited emissions trading system on Friday (16 July), a key tool in its quest to drive down climate change-causing greenhouse gases and go carbon neutral by 2060

"On both sides of the Atlantic, governments are sticking with longer-term commitments to expand biofuels production, even as they push for a transportation system built on watts not gallons."

We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

By: EBR | Friday, July 16, 2021

Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?

"While governments and corporations commit to net-zero emissions, consumers are covering their own tracks."

Which global consumers are helping to save the planet?

By: EBR | Friday, July 16, 2021

Most people want the world to go green. But first, more of us need to agree on how

“To ensure that data from Earth-observing satellites are used to their best advantage, further science and, ultimately, bring the most benefit to humankind, ESA and NASA have formed a strategic partnership for Earth science and climate change.”

NASA, European Space Agency join forces on climate change

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

NASA and the European Space Agency joined forces Tuesday (13 July) in the battle against climate change, a move they said paves the way to a global response to the problem

"Most people have at least instinctively developed an ever-clearer sense that clinging to ideological concepts is of diminishing use when tackling the immense present challenges."

The End of the Isms?

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Are we finally reaching the post-ideological age? Given the complexity of today’s world, that would represent major progress

"The narrative of who you are and why you are here in the world is always in flux. It does not stand still. The best thing you can do is to recalibrate your narrative every now and then – and carry on."

The Complexity of Split Identities

By: EBR | Monday, July 12, 2021

What it is like being Chinese in Indonesia

“In the past few years, mistakes were made. Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt. We will fix those mistakes together,” Mr. Lapid told U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a meeting in Rome.

Israel: Confronting Central European Revisionism

By: EBR | Thursday, July 8, 2021

How Israel’s new foreign minister deprives Central European nations of moral cover

The cost of large-scale solar projects has plunged 85% in a decade.

Renewables were the world’s cheapest source of energy in 2020

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The cost of renewable technologies like wind and solar is falling significantly, according to a new report

"U.S. is not responsible for all the ills that affect the Central American countries."

Aiding Central Americans is the Ethical Thing to Do

By: EBR | Monday, July 5, 2021

The U.S. has a duty to compensate the people of Central America whose tragic circumstances it helped create

"More than 190 countries have signed the Paris Agreement, which is designed to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That will require a huge reduction in the use of fossil fuels, such as coal and gas."

Rebound in global gas demand threatens international climate targets – IEA

By: EBR | Monday, July 5, 2021

A rebound in global gas demand to 2024 following the record fall last year is poised to knock the world off track from reaching its goal of net zero emissions by 2050

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