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Barbara Unmüßig

Barbara Unmüßig

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Barbara Unmüßig is President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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  1. Food Systems on the Edge
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    Food Systems on the Edge

    Aug 18, 2021 Barbara Unmüßig fears that the upcoming United Nations summit will entrench the inequitable status quo.

  2. A Radically Realistic Climate Vision
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    A Radically Realistic Climate Vision

    Nov 1, 2018 Barbara Unmüßig argues that limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is both possible and essential.

  3. A Climate-Friendly Response to Trump’s Protectionism
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    A Climate-Friendly Response to Trump’s Protectionism

    Jun 4, 2018 Barbara Unmüßig & Michael Kellner call on the EU to implement a levy on greenhouse-gas emissions, including climate border adjustment.

  4. The Geoengineering Fallacy
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    The Geoengineering Fallacy

    Oct 12, 2017 Barbara Unmüßig raises serious doubts about the viability and safety of proposed technological fixes for climate change.

  5. The Plant-Based Solution to Hunger
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    The Plant-Based Solution to Hunger

    Dec 27, 2016 Barbara Unmüßig warns that industrial meat production is taking land that billions of people need to survive.

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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu

    If you listen to tech industry leaders, business-sector forecasters, and much of the media, you may believe that recent advances in generative AI will soon bring extraordinary productivity benefits, revolutionizing life as we know it. Yet neither economic theory nor the data support such exuberant forecasts.

    finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.
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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.

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