There are many policy and technological avenues for climate mitigation, but they all start with a change in our mindsets to link the new weather extremes to global warming. News reporters must make the climate-disaster connection so that people see the extremity of the episodes.
Infrastructure is the backbone of economic expansion, but its impact hinges not on size and quantity but relevance and quality. President-elect Donald Trump proposes up to $1 trillion over a decade on building roads, bridges, ports, schools and hospitals to make America's infrastructure "second to none." Studies indicate how infrastructure spending in advanced economies like the U.S. can boost incomes, but it depends on getting three things right.
Trump supporters are rejoicing on Facebook over the recent administration travel ban with posts such as, "Finally a President who keeps his word!" It's an OJ moment for liberal America. How did this bigly divide over such a core American principle as "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" come to be? Take a breath snowflakes. Americans have rarely favored taking in refugees.
Financial inclusion must become a national priority. The Wall Street bailout reminded Americans that insured banks serve a critical economic function. What remains undefined is how those institutions should serve the citizenry that shored them up when they were in trouble. A requirement that insured banks set specific goals to bring the financially excluded into the banking mainstream — along with an annual progress evaluation — is one way to increase access.
As education researchers, we condemn the Maryland governor's interference in education policy, and question the impact of extended summer holidays on the thousands of Maryland youngsters who do not spend the warmer months vacationing at tourist sites.
Sooner or later, the world will have to switch to a low carbon path out of necessity. But if it has to take Armageddon to turn around climate perceptions, the resulting hard landing will be too costly to bear. Considering that we spend millions of dollars on research and policy worrying about (milder) financial crises, the crucial question is: What will it take to generate a soft, rather than a hard, landing with climate change?
The Towson-based organization formerly called the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies announced last week that it has changed its name to add the word Islamic. The 30-year-old institute, now renamed the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, already has a diverse staff of Christian and Jewish scholars. It now has two Islamic educators on its staff, including Scholar of Islam Homayra Ziad, a Muslim and native of Pakistan.
nation's extreme interest to lower the taxes on U.S. business to levels that are below other nations and eliminate the reason for inversions, and stop all taxation on foreign generated profits to allow a free flow of funds back to the U.S.
The Federal Reserve will announce this week whether it will raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade — a highly anticipated decision that has implications for global financial markets and household budgets.
When China rolled out the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank last October, the stiff resistance from the U.S. (as well as Japan) took the world by surprise. The U.S. objections to AIIB concern its possible failure to meet governance, environmental and labor standards. Those objections seem a bit hollow and unconvincing for a number of reasons.
The single most important factor in economic growth is a large foreign exchange surplus, which will strengthen the dollar, increase employment in high paying manufacturing jobs and increase tax revenues. Until the political elite correct our trade and deficit spending policies we will continue to move toward the dust bin of failed civilizations while China continues to thrive.
The Republicans are euphoric about their recent election victory and Democrats counter touting lower unemployment numbers under their leadership. However neither Congress nor the president will touch our actual problems: flawed debt and trade policies.
Climate change has been in the news a lot lately, but one key development was missed: President Obama issued a new executive order that may prove to be a turning point for efforts to advance climate preparedness around the world and for U.S. foreign aid planning.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, a presidential hopeful, has taken on yet another "pop issue," proposing that Maryland provide foster care to several thousand unaccompanied Central American minors, lest they be sent to "certain death." He has also championed abolition of capital punishment and the establishment of gay marriage, the Dream Act, and tax credits and fueling stations for electric vehicles whose technology is not ready for prime time.
We cannot expect countries like Jordan and Lebanon to keep their borders open to the tremendous amounts of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria if we are unwilling to do the same. Immigrants fleeing from war zones in the Northern Triangle of Central America deserve our utmost compassion and a chance to obtain refugee status, no matter whether they are children or adults.
If you are among America's 68 million people who can't, won't or just don't do business with private banks, the post office wants you. Recognizing a need for affordable banking services among the nation's lower-income consumers, the U.S. Postal Service also sees a way to bolster its own bottom line.
The first QDDR, completed in 2010, outlined an expansive framework for augmenting and leveraging U.S. "civilian power" to advance core American interests in a changing world of new threats and rising powers. This new round should concretely address another challenge: how to re-calibrate U.S. development aid given the increased involvement of countries such as China and India in this area.
Noel Tshiani wasn't at his wedding – he listened by phone in another country to the ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to court records – but he's just as married as if he'd stood at his bride's side. And soon, he'll be just as divorced and responsible for alimony and child support, a Maryland court has ruled.
Health organizations have spent millions in the developing world attacking a worldwide epidemic of anemia in pregnant women. This year, a team of undergraduates from Hopkins has invented a device that could help turn the problem on its head.