Imagine India in 2033. It has overtaken China as the most populous nation. Yet with 1.5 billion citizens to feed, it’s been three years since the last monsoon. Without rain, crops die and people starve.
The Maldives, Kiribati and Tuvalu risk extinction from rising seas because nations aren’t stepping up commitments to cut greenhouse gases, a bloc of 43 island countries said as United Nations climate talks began in Mexico.
The world’s richest and poorest countries are divided over whether to create a new fund to help vulnerable nations such as Bangladesh, Kenya and the Philippines cope with loss and damage caused by climate changes.
The United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize Palestinians as an “observer state,” a largely symbolic upgrade in status that drew criticism and potential financial penalties from the U.S. and Israel.
A couple of months ago, around the time Greece passed new austerity measures to ward off economic catastrophe, Nicholas Papandreou , the very tall brother of Greece’s Prime Minister, George Papandreou , was riding the Metro in Athens. The Papandreous, now in the third generation of a Socialist political dynasty, live in rented houses, drive Priuses, and, apparently, take the subway, even during times of extraordinary anger toward the government.
Navies and private armed guards protecting merchant ships against piracy should be governed by a global convention setting legal parameters for using lethal force and making arrests, according to the company that manages the third-biggest vessel registry.