Kala Mulqueeny is an energy and environment lawyer at the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. Among other things, she works on environmental courts, sustainable electricity and water regulation, and carbon capture and storage regulation, and is active on these issues all over Asia.
Monthly Archives: January 2011
The US can do more to improve its trade outlook, trade analyst Edward Gresser notes. The US can finalize trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea; settle differences holding up the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round; end the Cuban embargo. Industries and government can emphasize quality, streamline costs and prepare an educated workforce. Whining about China’s trade success is not part of the formula.
This YaleGlobal series explores the challenges for authoritarian regimes in monitoring the internet’s new levels of information overload. In the second article of the series, author Bruce Judson describes how digital technology complicates the task for censors, with ebook readers that can store more than 1000 books.
To be effective, censors in the world’s second largest economy would have to eliminate the essential modern tool. Inquisitive youth test boundaries, and pragmatic leaders may eventually realize that, for promoting stability, allowing the battle of ideas is a better bet than repression.
Farok J. Contractor, professor of management and global business, analyzes trends underway in the once-sacrosanct R&D sections of the pharmaceutical industry. Reduced costs in genetic research directly correlate with increased investments in the rising imaging industry and molecular-level sensing equipment. Gains in efficiency and productivity, however, come with public opprobrium.
The dramatic rescue cannot lull the public into assuming that mining is a safe endeavor. In demanding ordinary comforts at low costs, societies cannot deny need for regulations or safety planning, instead shifting consequences of risk to the poor.