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What are the biggest risks that individuals, businesses and governments face in the year ahead, and beyond? According to the 2018 Global Risks Report, published by the World Economic Forum, the environment, cyber security and geopolitics are the areas drawing the most concern.
“The big message that came out of this report is the tremendous importance of the environment” as an area to watch, said Faculty Affiliate Howard Kunreuther, co-director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. “It’s not that that wasn’t [a concern] earlier, but it certainly didn’t have as high a profile.”
As Chancellor Merkel was continuing to forge a coalition government following the September elections, Germans overall remained strongly supportive of the goal of Energiewende, or energy transition. An August 2017 poll found “95 percent of Germans support further expanding renewable energy” . Still, in Germany and abroad, Energiewende faces criticism for not delivering enough greenhouse gas emission reductions for the given level of investments .
Faculty Affiliate Arthur van Benthem says yes, states can mitigate damage done by the federal government.
“Given the state of affairs in Washington, D.C., states should adopt their own policies to promote renewable energy and limit the emissions of greenhouse gases,” he says.
Mining for Answers, Refining Policy, and Polluting Expectations: Exchanging Experiences Between U.S. and German Coal CommunitiesLiving in a diverse urban environment, I had believed that in Philadelphia I had daily experience with the complexity of this country, from its industrial past to its gentrifying present, and all the social contexts that change as a result of closed industry. After November 9th, I scoured the Internet, attended university events that I believed would lend some answers, and read Hillbilly Elegy, as many around me recommended. Step by step I attempted to breakdown my Northeastern biases about the United States, yet never physically stepped out of my comfort zone. Little did I know that the true way that I would break down my implicit biases about my own country would be through an international context.
The Jones Act has received a lot of press in the wake of Hurricane Maria for inhibiting aid to Puerto Rico in their time of need. Nearly a decade after being signed into law, the Act has become the target of scrutiny, with politicians such as Senator McCain (R-AZ) calling for the amendment of the “antiquated” law . In addition to its controversial role in disaster relief, many organizations (such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) have drawn attention to the bill’s consequences for offshore wind energy production – an area in which the US has traditionally been lacking .