State of the Planet

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  • Why Climate Change Matters

    Why Climate Change Matters

    Climate change is a test of our ability to identify, understand and act on critical global environmental issues. It tests our ability to work across national borders and across academic and professional fields of knowledge.

  • Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

    Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

    A powerful new tool helps rural Tanzanians reduce their exposure to tsetse flies and the deadly disease they carry.

  • Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

    Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

    In the United States we need to build more and better mass transit options, but due to our land use development pattern in most of the country, personal transportation will always be part of our mix. The growth of the electric vehicle market provides an example of how the transition to a renewable resource based…

  • Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

    Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

    For the 60% of people without Internet access across the globe, lack of connectivity can affect every facet of their lives – including healthcare. In the Dominican Republic, a team of MPA-DP students examines how Internet-in-a-box technology could help healthcare providers improve outcomes in the developing world.

  • The Beatles and the Dawn of Global Culture

    The Beatles and the Dawn of Global Culture

    The Beatles demonstrated that something foreign could be exciting and worth exploring. We don’t need to make America great again or only think of America first. The Beatles came into being at the dawn of our global culture and I strongly believe we are nowhere near its dusk.

  • Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

    Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

    Our cities can bring us together in wonderful shared experiences; now it’s time for our political processes to reflect rather than refute that reality.

  • Life Aboard a Research Cruise: 24-Hour Workdays, Amazing Discoveries

    Life Aboard a Research Cruise: 24-Hour Workdays, Amazing Discoveries

    When scientists say “research cruise,” they aren’t talking about sunny afternoons of shuffleboard and margaritas on deck. Life aboard a research vessel means tight spaces, few amenities, and long workdays.

  • Quiet Moves Toward a Renewable Resource Based Economy

    The transition to a sustainable, renewable resource based economy will take decades to complete. Just as our organizations learned to incorporate occupational safety, financial reporting, performance measurement, customer relations, employment law, social media marketing and many other elements into their standard operating procedures, so too will they need to incorporate a concern for the physical…

  • The Impact of the Internet in China

    The Impact of the Internet in China

    On March 7, 2016, Charles Chen, co-founder of China’s largest internet service portal, Tencent, gave a presentation on the impact of the internet on Chinese society. He talked about everything from the economic impacts of the internet, to education models that use mobile internet platforms.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Why Climate Change Matters

    Why Climate Change Matters

    Climate change is a test of our ability to identify, understand and act on critical global environmental issues. It tests our ability to work across national borders and across academic and professional fields of knowledge.

  • Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

    Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

    A powerful new tool helps rural Tanzanians reduce their exposure to tsetse flies and the deadly disease they carry.

  • Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

    Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

    In the United States we need to build more and better mass transit options, but due to our land use development pattern in most of the country, personal transportation will always be part of our mix. The growth of the electric vehicle market provides an example of how the transition to a renewable resource based…

  • Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

    Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

    For the 60% of people without Internet access across the globe, lack of connectivity can affect every facet of their lives – including healthcare. In the Dominican Republic, a team of MPA-DP students examines how Internet-in-a-box technology could help healthcare providers improve outcomes in the developing world.

  • The Beatles and the Dawn of Global Culture

    The Beatles and the Dawn of Global Culture

    The Beatles demonstrated that something foreign could be exciting and worth exploring. We don’t need to make America great again or only think of America first. The Beatles came into being at the dawn of our global culture and I strongly believe we are nowhere near its dusk.

  • Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

    Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

    Our cities can bring us together in wonderful shared experiences; now it’s time for our political processes to reflect rather than refute that reality.

  • Life Aboard a Research Cruise: 24-Hour Workdays, Amazing Discoveries

    Life Aboard a Research Cruise: 24-Hour Workdays, Amazing Discoveries

    When scientists say “research cruise,” they aren’t talking about sunny afternoons of shuffleboard and margaritas on deck. Life aboard a research vessel means tight spaces, few amenities, and long workdays.

  • Quiet Moves Toward a Renewable Resource Based Economy

    The transition to a sustainable, renewable resource based economy will take decades to complete. Just as our organizations learned to incorporate occupational safety, financial reporting, performance measurement, customer relations, employment law, social media marketing and many other elements into their standard operating procedures, so too will they need to incorporate a concern for the physical…

  • The Impact of the Internet in China

    The Impact of the Internet in China

    On March 7, 2016, Charles Chen, co-founder of China’s largest internet service portal, Tencent, gave a presentation on the impact of the internet on Chinese society. He talked about everything from the economic impacts of the internet, to education models that use mobile internet platforms.