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A growing body of innovative scholarship offers promising strategies for sustainable development and a fairer globalization. Yet, these proposals have not been disseminated in a coordinated fashion. In response to this challenge, the Global Policy Innovations program provides a forum for pragmatic alternatives to the current global economic order.
Global Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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The Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program aims to enhance and inform public debate on the existence of positive development alternatives by creating a centralized hub to serve two primary purposes:
1. An online magazine format to feature the work of partners associated with the project, and from the fairer globalization community more broadly.
2. A database of papers, organizations, and specialists that links the websites and databases of project partners.
Cogeneration Can Slash Carbon and Costs
August 19, 2008 08:34 AM - Roy Morrison, Pentti Aalto , Global Policy Innovations Program
Cogeneration of electricity and heat is one of the most promising means of using existing technologies for sustainable ends, but it is also one of the most neglected and least understood. Cogeneration can dramatically increase energy efficiency, slash carbon emissions, and save money.
Humanitarian Aid Politicized
August 15, 2008 10:53 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The damage done to Myanmar by Cyclone Nargis this past May raised familiar problems for the humanitarian community. Almost overnight, governments and NGOs mobilized to help a poor and isolated community deal with the immediate costs of disaster, and the longer-term problems of sickness, displacement, and food shortage.
The Greening of Islamic Politics
August 12, 2008 11:02 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
As the host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2007, Indonesia welcomed the world to the idyllic island of Bali as a venue to reach agreement on one of the most challenging environmental issues. Several years prior, the island had been the scene of the worst series of terrorist bombings in the region, killing more than two hundred people. These attacks, which were carried out by Muslim militants, further stigmatized and marginalized Islamic political parties in the international community.
The Global Leadership Vacuum
August 4, 2008 12:46 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The G8 Summit in Japan last month was a painful demonstration of the pitiful state of global cooperation. The world is in deepening crisis. Food prices are soaring. Oil prices are at historic highs. The leading economies are entering a recession. Climate change negotiations are going around in circles. Aid to the poorest countries is stagnant, despite years of promised increases. And yet in this gathering storm it was hard to find a single real accomplishment by the world's leaders.
The Death of the Globalization Consensus
August 1, 2008 11:24 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The world economy has seen globalization collapse once already. The gold standard era—with its free capital mobility and open trade—came to an abrupt end in 1914 and could not be resuscitated after World War I. Are we about to witness a similar global economic breakdown?
Going Green with Gravitas
July 29, 2008 10:51 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The story of Interface is well known because it has been a success. The company decreased its use of fossil fuels by 45 percent and its net greenhouse gas production by 60 percent. It uses one-third the water it used to, and cut its contribution to landfills by 80 percent. By many important measures, Interface is an environmental success. But because its sales are up 49 percent, Interface is also a business success. In light of global climate change, what must businesses do to maintain sustainable business practices? What are businesses' environmental responsibilities? Is redesigning business a moral responsibility?
Fuel Costs Clip Airline Wings
July 25, 2008 11:34 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
It doesn't take a frequent flyer to realize that the airline industry is headed for a hard landing. The rising price of jet fuel, up almost 100 percent in the last year, has the global airline industry struggling to cut costs, boost profitability, and salvage its image. Analysts predict a major industry contraction within the next two years.
Glacial Climate Negotiations
July 22, 2008 02:21 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Listening to the earth scientists at the Tällberg Forum speaking about the likely calamities caused by global warming, I had the sensation of entering a parallel universe. It is a universe where an adaptive and inventive human race has grown to over six billion people, created bountiful and rich civilizations built on fossil fuels, and has emerged as the most important species to geologically alter the planet. Man-made greenhouse gas has placed the earth in a slow cooker.
July 2, 2008 09:36 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Once reserved for St. Patrick's Day, green beer is now available year round in the form of more ecologically sound beers. Companies across the globe are crafting beers for taste and sustainability. They have found innovative ways to consume less power, conserve water, recycle materials, and utilize brewing byproducts. Although an industry-wide green revolution is still years away, companies are looking to the future for today's perfect brew.
Beating the Oil Barons
June 27, 2008 10:28 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Over the past eighteen months, oil prices have more than doubled, inflicting huge costs on the global economy. Strong global demand, owing to emerging economies like China, has undoubtedly fueled some of the price increase. But the scale of the price spike exceeds normal demand and supply factors, pointing to the role of speculation—and underscoring the need for policy action to clean up the oil market.