Issue I/2018 - Earth, how are you doing?

Earth, how are you doing? (Issue I/2018)




Editorial

Editorial

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our chief editor takes a look at the current issue.

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Tomorrow's world

The wall is coming

Short news from the USA and Mexico.

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Politics on the lawn

Short news from the United Kingdom. 

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Jambon for China!

Short news from Spain. 

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Solar power ahead!

Short news from Burkina Faso.

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Protection for young brides

Short news from India.

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Non-smoking is worth it

Short news from Japan.

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What's different elsewhere

Animal friendly tequila

by Luis Viques

The small Mexican flower bat lives in central Mexico, for part of the year at least.

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Ask the moon

by Naradelger Tangad

In Mongolia, going to the hairdresser or booking up an electrician is not something to do off the cuff.

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Fire running

by Samuel Finzi

One of the oldest Bulgarian rites is Nestinarstvo, or fire running. Women and men - the Nestinari - actually run across glowing coals.

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The talk of the town in ...

... Adjumani

by Ochan Hannington

The Adjumani district in northern Uganda is mostly dry and hot. Right now, the main topic of conversation there is the conflict over resources in its cooler and fertile Apaa rainforest area. This is home to the Acholi and Madi tribes, who supply themselves with forest with wood and food. Now, influential people, some of them government officials, have acquired large sections of the country.

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How I became me

Fingerbillard in East Berlin

by Arif Naqvi

The Indian writer and poet tells of his life. 

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Cultural spots

Dunhuang crescent moon lake

by He Yulei

An oasis couldn't be more beautiful, with a moon-shaped lake and surrounded by “singing” dunes.

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Topic: Climate Change

“I am convinced we can change”

in conversation with Charles Taylor

The challenges of climate change are overwhelming but before we can save the planet we must first save ourselves, says philosopher Charles Taylor. 

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Artificial clouds

by Renee Cho

Technical interventions could cool the earth and stop climate change. Is this a good idea?

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Suicidal farmers

by Poojari Thirumal

The Eastern Himalayas have the biggest biodiversity of anywhere in the world but in recent years, locals have waited in vain for cherry blossom, a popular local flower and the focus of a festival in the mountainous city of Shillong in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. 

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Stress in the Tropics

by Daniela Chiaretti

With some 30 million people residing in the Amazon region, it is tough to reconcile economic development and conservation.

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“Amusement encourages more than austerity”

an interview with Timothy Morton

We need a rhetoric of pleasure, not of guilt, postulates the philosopher Timothy Morton. A conversation about solar-powered clubs and saving the polar bears.

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Seeking our survival

by Cees J. Hamelink

Is it possible to reset humankind’s self-destructive behaviour?

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Together vs. the end of the world

by Idil Boran

How can we share out responsibility for damaging our climate? Introducing the notion of “risk sharing”.

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Tired of the apocalypse

by Per Espen Stoknes

Why are we not succeeding in stopping climate change? Five reasons for our short-sightedness and five suggestions for rescuing our species.

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Facing its demise

by Jennifer Gray

Tangier Island lies off the east coast of the United States. Jennifer Gray visits an island on the brink.

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Binning plastic bags

by Ruth Asan

Kenya has banned plastic bags and its new policy is starting to bear fruit.

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Is climate change already happening?

by Mojib Latif

Everyone’s on the lookout for the big catastrophe, but the world won’t end with the next hurricane.

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World report

Second Hand in La Paz

by Rery Maldonado

Illegal imports of European brands are hurting Bolivia’s once vibrant textile industry.

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In Europe

Cross-border ballots

by Rainer Bauböck

Increasingly governments are discovering the potential of wooing overseas voters. It is a double-edged sword.

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Final destination Zagreb

recorded by Stephanie Kirchner

Many people who fled to central and northern Europe were left stranded in Croatia - only to be deported. Five biographies.

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In theory

Stoking Fear

by Slavenka Drakulić

Why nationalism, in all its forms, demands a response.

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In practice

The Most Beautiful for the Poorest

by Ronal Castañeda

In Medellin modern libraries have sprouted up where the Colombian drug cartel once prevailed.

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Survey

73% of Indians Trust Narendra Modi*

commented by Shirin Rai

Worldwide there is hardly a head of state who enjoys the lofty approval ratings of acting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But this is hardly a reason to celebrate.

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A phone call with ...

... a director: Do we have to talk to far-right wingers?

commented by Milo Rau

Sure, they are now in the German Parliament! Talking to them is depressing - I often lack the patience - but it is necessary.

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I think that ...

... we should expose International Law as Colonial

by Antony Anghie

“If you believe lawyers and jurists who work in international law, the world has become an increasingly fair place over the last few centuries. […] But international law also has an often overlooked flipside which is dark, violent and misanthropic and hails from its history.”

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Books

“People Have Been Lead to Believe That Their Problems Are Due to Black People”

an interview with Ibram X. Kendi

In his book “Stamped from the Beginning”, Ibram X. Kendi shows how stereotypes of Afro-Americans are instrumentalized in politics. 

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