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  • What is really scarce in a water drought

    What is really scarce in a water droughtEarlier this year, the South African city of Cape Town was told that it would make history by April 16. On that date, dubbed Day Zero, it was expected to become the world’s first major city to run out of water because of an extended drought. Rather, the people of Cape Town have cut their water consumption.


  • US seeks energy 'dominance.' But is that a shield against geopolitical risks?

    US seeks energy 'dominance.' But is that a shield against geopolitical risks?For decades, haunted by fears of oil shortages, the United States made “energy independence” its goal. “There seems to be a desire to use energy as a geopolitical tool more aggressively,” suggests Meghan O’Sullivan, author of “Windfall,” a book about the blessings that America’s energy abundance has brought. US deposits of shale oil and gas, newly reachable through fracking, have profoundly transformed those markets.


  • After Parkland, a new generation finds its voice

    After Parkland, a new generation finds its voiceOn a bus to Tallahassee on Florida’s State Road 91 on Tuesday, Drew Schwartz sits with a scrum of fellow students planning the logistics of their march on the state capital, just hours away. “Right now it’s all hands on deck,” says Drew, a 17-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., site of the nation’s most recent mass shooting and where 14 of these students’ fellow classmates died.


  • More than one way to prevent mass shootings

    More than one way to prevent mass shootingsIn addition, they hoped their forgiveness might enable them to better reach others prone to violence and perhaps prevent a similar massacre. In contrast, the killing of 17 people at the high school in Parkland, Fla., has yet to reveal much forgiveness toward the shooter. The anger over the murders, especially among Parkland students, is directed mainly at elected officials and the cause of controlling access to guns, especially assault rifles.