Sunday, February 7, 2016
  1. Homegrown Energy Security for Europe

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    Homegrown Energy Security for Europe

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     proposes biofuels as an alternative to importing oil from unstable, authoritarian regimes.

    Sugarcane

    The EU's dependence on foreign oil is endangering its security, by leaving it dependent on imports from unstable, authoritarian regimes. Europe must increase its production of alternative energy – including biofuels, an option the EU has long neglected. READ MORE

  2. Engineering an Energy Miracle

    Dalia Grybauskaitė

    Engineering an Energy Miracle

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     outlines the steps that world leaders must urgently take to secure a more sustainable future.

    Lightbulb on grassy field

    Progress toward a more sustainable economy has been alarmingly slow over the last decade. Though there have been some promising recent developments, world leaders must take some key steps to lock in – and build upon – the gains that have been made. READ MORE

  3. Why Africa Needs Fossil Fuels

    Bjørn Lomborg

    Why Africa Needs Fossil Fuels

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     insists that the social, economic, and environmental benefits far outweigh the costs.

    Globe facing Africa

    Environmental campaigners like to insist that Africa should meet its energy needs through solar panels and wind turbines. But as long as fossil fuels remain cheaper than renewable energy, such prescriptions – as well-meaning as they may be – would cripple the continent's economic growth and leave hundreds of millions in poverty. READ MORE

  4. Leadership for Sustainability

    Helen Clark

    Leadership for Sustainability

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     highlights the challenges facing the world in implementing its development agenda.

    Business man standing in modern building.

    Last year, the UN laid out a blueprint to tackle the world's thorniest issues, including climate change, poverty, and the pursuit of sustainable development. But while global agreements are important, even the best accords are no more than words on paper if they cannot be implemented. READ MORE

  5. The Secret Sex Lives of Crop Plants

    John Warren

    The Secret Sex Lives of Crop Plants

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     explains why humans eat only about 200 of the world's 400,000 plant species.

    Chestnut

    Scientists estimate that humans can eat as many as 300,000 plant species, and yet we only consume about 200. What distinguishes food crops from other plants is not their taste or whether they contain toxins; it's their particularly dull sex lives. READ MORE

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