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Solutions in History

  • The outcome of the 2011 Durban summit on climate change seems to have been little more than an agreement to keep talking: “to launch a process to develop a protocol.”1 Even that was a surprise to some! But the chances of limiting global warming over the next century to an increased 2 degrees Celsius are […]

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Envision the Future

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a regular section in Solutions in which the author is challenged to envision a future society in which all of the right changes have been made. By 2055, the 92-year-old man lay ill and dying, but fairly comfortable, in his bed. He had a choice to make: should […]

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Interview

Media Review

  • Wild boar, Burmese pythons, common carp, lionfish—rather than defend these species, environmentalists are encouraging the American public to eat them. As many of them as possible. A new website, www.eattheinvaders.org, asks the public to help in a campaign to protect endangered species and wildlife by eating their invasive predators and …

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  • Frances Moore Lappé takes on big issues in big ways with important results. In her mid-20s, she set out to understand why there is hunger in the world. The result was Diet for a Small Planet, which sold millions of copies. It challenged the notion that hunger comes from scarcity, presciently explained the ecological problems […]

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  • In the summer of 2011, a group of artists, leaders of a local women’s center, students at a girl’s school, and other local residents gathered in Balata, the largest refugee camp in the West Bank. Together with the artist Lily Yeh, founder of the nonprofit arts organization Barefoot Artists, they created a brightly colored mural […]

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Noteworthy

  • Eric Schwarz had an idea: to harness the experience and knowledge of trained professionals and bring it to the classroom. After graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he launched his own program: Citizen Schools. His program runs after school and brings in “citizen teachers” as volunteers to work side-by-side with students. He …

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  • After Mozambique’s decade-long war for independence (1964–1974) and the civil war that ended in 1992, a network of landmines remained buried in all ten of the country’s provinces. Anti-vehicle mines made roads treacherous, and the death toll in some communities was high. But today, four northern provinces have been cleared of mines, thanks, in …

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  • In 2000 an Afghan family paid a trafficker to take them over the border into Pakistan and then on to Denmark or Sweden. But when the trafficker arrived, there was only one spot in the van. The family sent 12-year-old Mansour alone, believing that they would soon follow. After a three- to four-month journey—with a […]

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  • Since the development of antiretroviral drugs in the 1990s, the battle against AIDS has largely been fought over the question of how to distribute the drugs fairly. The drugs save lives, with recent research suggesting that the risk of spreading the virus is reduced to almost nil if people infected with HIV start therapy quickly […]

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  • With President Obama and his Republican challengers gearing up to spend millions on their election campaigns, is there any way to defeat organized money? The answer, according to voters in Maine, is organized people. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is an organization that supports legislation to take private money out of politics. The …

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