November 23, 2017

How Far is the US Ready for Climate Change?

Climate change imposes an unfunded mandate on state and local governments and the American people to manage the risks of heat waves, drought and flooding, and foot the bill for the damages. While Obama Administration has announced a number of actions to better prepare for the expected change in climate, more action is needed, in particular, to address the skyrocketing risks in low-income communities. Read More »

Natural Protein May Treat Diabetes

Drugs don’t help those suffering from type-2 diabetes. But there may now be a way to treat their resistance to insulin. Read More »

Can Renewable Energy Power the World?

Despite the potential of clean energy, fossil-fuels reign supreme in the energy world. This has to do with various political and economic factors that make it impossible for clean energy to flourish. Read More »

Drones are Cheap, Soldiers Are Not

Drones are viewed as the remedy in the age of shrinking defense budgets and high cost of human soldier. A typical $6.48 million worth reaper drone’s end cost is US$3250 per hour of flight time. In contrast, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs nearly US$91 million per unit, almost US$5 million per year to operate and $16,500 per hour of flight. Read More »

Cybersecurity Professionals Shortage Risk to US Security

Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals who work to protect organizations from cybercrime is high nationwide, but the shortage is particularly severe in the federal government, which does not offer salaries as high as the private sector. This shortage — particularly for positions within the federal government — creates risks for national and homeland security, says a new study from the RAND Corporation. Read More »

8 Things to Know About EPA’s Climate Protection Rules

The new rules are the most significant move President Obama has made to address the direct causes of climate change. Under the new rules, each state would have a broad menu of carbon-cutting options, including energy efficiency improvements, adding clean energy sources, implementing a carbon tax, or instituting or joining a cap-and-trade system. Read More »

Drone Proliferation Tests Arms Control

As the U.S. government winds up an interagency review of rules governing the export of large drones, the conflicting goals of nonproliferation and commerce are creating a new test of the 27-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).   Observers do not expect big changes to the MTCR, which seeks to prevent the proliferation of unmanned systems capable of delivering weapons ... Read More »

Environmental Impact of China’s Dam Rush

China plans to increase its share of non-fossil energy to 11.4 percent of total energy consumption through an additional 160 gigawatts (160,000 megawatts) of installed hydropower capacity by 2015, along with ambitious expansions in renewables and nuclear. By 2020, China plans to have 430 gigawatts (430,000 megawatts) of installed hydropower capacity, more than Europe and the United States combined.   A bilingual interactive map published by the Wilson Center’s China ... Read More »

A Silver Anniversary for the World Wide Web

Exactly 25 years ago, the British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee conceptually “invented” the World Wide Web — and set in motion a process that would rapidly make the online world an essential part of our daily lives.   By 1995, 14 percent of Americans were surfing the Web. The level today: 87 percent. And among young adults, the Pew Research ... Read More »

Pakistan Purchases F-16s From Jordan

According to Pakistani sources, Pakistan’s Air Force has purchased one squadron of F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft from Jordan. The 13 F-16s were in service in the Royal Jordanian Air Force and will be inducted into the Pakistani air force next month. The deal has been finalized, approved by both countries, as well as the United States. The 13 aircraft are the same ... Read More »