Coexistence in Singapore: Dr. Junjia Ye (postdoctoral research fellow in urban geography, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Coexistence in Singapore: Shared spaces are spaces of hope

2014.03.14 Issues related to race, multiculturalism, and coexistence are not extinct in any country, and it’s of paramount importance to keep dialogues open about these touchy topics. Singapore can be considered, if anything, an extremely multi-cultural country, and it’s always refreshing to see concerns which arise from such a diverse culture not being swept under…

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12th Annual Coal Markets: Andhika Yudha P. (Direktor, Pt KBB Komunitas Bangun Bersama), Ana Shell

12th Annual Coal Markets 2014

2014.03.01 Rising coal prices and changing market conditions will spur mining operations in 2014, says energy entrepreneur Ana Shell, who attended the 12th Annual Coal Markets conference (http://www.coalmarketsasia.com/) in Singapore Feb. 25. Securing an adequate coal supply will be a critical challenge facing power companies, while coal suppliers may struggle to meet demand. Representing Ana Shell…

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The new inequality

2014.01.09 From the start, policy responses to the 2008 financial crisis were colored by memories and interpretations of the Great Depression. The conventional wisdom now holds that the world avoided a repeat of the interwar catastrophe, largely because policymakers made better decisions this time around. But, while there is plenty of room for self-congratulation, two…

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Climate losers pole-axed at COP19

2014.01.09 Last November saw the latest round of the United Nations climate change negotiations held in Warsaw, Poland – or as the policy people call it, COP19. The news coming out of central Europe is dispiriting to even the most optimistic person – once again there has been no strong agreement on cutting greenhouse gas…

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South Sudan – Civil War or Power Grab?

2014.01.09 One of the most heartbreaking stories to develop in the last few weeks has been the seemingly sudden collapse of South Sudan into civil war and bloodshed. All of this comes just two-and-a-half years after the international community celebrated the official separation of the country from its northern neighbour, after decades of war and…

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Get ready for a massive renewable energy boom

2014.01.08 Renewables are projected to be the fastest growing source of energy over the next 30 years. And that’s a conservative estimate. Renewables will be the fastest growing source of energy between now and 2040, according to new projections from the Energy Information Administration. The EIA forecasts that from 2012 to 2040, solar, wind, and geothermal production will…

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Chemical Valley or Death Valley?

2014.01.08 Over the last two months, Canada and the US have celebrated Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, both festivals that have traditionally been used to push an uncritical narrative on the colonization of North America. In recent years, however, people have started to use these occasions to think a bit more skeptically about the situation, and…

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The economic dark side of the West’s oil and gas boom

2014.01.03 Over the last decade, oil and natural gas production has been booming out West, in states like North Dakota, Colorado, and Montana. That’s brought plenty of benefits to local communities: Good-paying jobs, rising incomes, new businesses, a tidal wave of fresh tax revenue. It’s also brought a fair share of problems. Towns around the oil-rich Bakken formation…

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