Une journée pour la justice planétaire

PRINCETON – Ce que nous infligeons à notre planète, à nos enfants et à nos petits enfants, et aux déshérités, par notre insouciante production de gaz à effet de serre, est une des offenses majeures de notre ère. Le 24 octobre prochain, vous pouvez vous exprimer contre cette injustice.

Le 24 octobre est le Jour 350. Ce nom provient du nombre de parts de carbone par million dans l’atmosphère - un seuil que nous ne devrions pas dépasser si nous voulons éviter un changement climatique majeur selon Jim Hansen, sans doute un de nos plus éminents climatologues aujourd’hui. Il mesure l’importance du problème puisque nos émissions de CO2 ont déjà atteint 386 ppm et augmente de deux ppm chaque année.

Cette nécessité de réduire les gaz à effet de serre se fait de plus en plus pressante au fur et à mesure que les prédictions du réchauffement climatique (dénoncées comme ‘alarmistes’ lorsqu’elles furent exprimées la première fois il y a quelques années) s’avèrent trop prudentes. Nous approchons un point de non retour où le réchauffement climatique sera inévitable, quoique nous fassions.

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    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

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    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
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    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

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    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

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    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

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    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

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