How cities can solve some of our biggest problems

The talk about climate solutions is normally centered around the national or individual. We expect a country to provide the answers by creating things like a carbon tax. …


It’s about incentives.

After decades of negotiations and underwhelming international treaties, the IPCC has confirmed we will heat the earth by 1.5 degrees Celsius. That is now a given. But scientists say that after 2050, things could get better — only if we get our house in order.

There are a couple of…


The Sahara, one of the largest deserts in the world, stretching from one end of Africa to the other, covers a swathe of 3.5 million square miles. It could fit the entire United States within its borders, including Alaska.

And it’s growing.

A study by the journal Climate reported that…


As Yemen faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, a recent United Nations emergency funding drive came up short $1 billion.

Despite the participation of 130 governments and aid organizations, a fundraiser last month failed to meet its $2.45 billion target. As a result, 30 of the UN’s 41…


Germany is trailblazing a new route for global economies, putting itself on track to be the first major power to phase out coal and nuclear energy.


Like in many areas of development, the American South is lagging behind in the energy revolution. In fact, the region has the lowest percentage of clean energy in the nation.

According to numbers from 2017, not one Southern state made it into the top 25 renewable energy-producing states, a ranking…


Even though consumers might start paying a premium for their favorite snack, it’s not all bad news.

Top players in the cocoa production world have banded together to create a chocolate cartel, informally dubbed as COPEC. Two countries in West Africa, Ivory Coast and Ghana, produce 60% of the world’s…


When the US first invaded Afghanistan, a National Geographic article from 2002 proclaimed that only 17% of young Americans could find the country on a map. Needless to say, that’s a problem. With America’s more recent involvement in international affairs, foreign conflicts, and trade wars, one would think we’ve redeemed…

Jonathan Pezzi

Kentuckian | @ University College London | Research on the Middle East | Interests in Climate Change, IR, & Public Policy

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