Feature / Analysis

 Flooded British villages ignite climate debate


THORNEY, England: As children climb into boats to get to school and scores of hoses pump floodwaters from fields day and night, one corner of southwest England is trying to reclaim its land. Other Britons watch and wonder: How much can you fight the sea?Here on the Somerset Levels — a marshy, low-ly...

 How the U.S. Exports Global Warming


While Obama talks of putting America on the path to a clean, green future, we're flooding world markets with cheap, high carbon fuelsThe greening of American energy is both real and profound. Since President Obama took office, the nation's solar capacity has increased more than tenfold. Wind power h...

 Taking on the Taliban


The army is restless as Islamabad tries to reconcile militants Pakistan is talking to the Taliban from a position of weakness. The latest offer for talks extended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the third in the last two months, as the previous ones carried no weight with the militants. Moreover, ...

 A look at some leading candidates for Afghanistan's presidency


Some of the leading contenders in Afghanistan's presidential electionABDULLAH ABDULLAH: Having gained 31 percent of the vote as runner-up to Hamid Karzai in the disputed 2009 elections, Abdullah has an advantage in name recognition and political organization. He was a close aide to the late Ahmad Sh...

 Presidential race a pivotal test for Afghanistan


The April 5 vote is expected to be a historic moment for Afghanistan, its outcome seen as make-or-break for the country’s future and key to the level of foreign involvement after nearly 13 years of war. KABUL, Afghanistan: The posters are printed. The rallies are organized. A televised debate is pla...

 Afghan election campaign stirs both violence and hope


KABUL: Presidential candidates in Afghanistan begin two months of campaigning on Sunday for an election that Western allies hope will consolidate fragile stability as their forces prepare to leave after nearly 13 years of inconclusive war. The Taliban have rejected the April 5 election and have alre...

 Election Awareness Campaign Delicate in Ghazni


Representatives from Ghazni Provincial Council and civil society institutions have raised their voice over the sluggish process of public awareness campaigns in the 2014 presidential elections. Local officials accuse the election commission of holding awareness programs in the province too late. The...

 NATO leaders say Afghan troops need more training


MUNICH: Afghanistan's police force and army still need more training to handle the country's security on their own, making it critical for a new security agreement to be signed to allow international forces to remain after 2014, NATO's top two leaders said Saturday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has...

  Afghanistan's presidential campaign to begin


KABUL, Afghanistan: The posters are printed. The rallies are organized. A televised debate is planned. Campaign season for Afghanistan's presidential election kicks off Sunday, and the stakes are high for the 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai and oversee the final chapter in a NA...

 Campaigning starts for Afghan presidential election


Kabul : Afghanistan's election campaign kicks off Sunday as the killing of a presidential candidate's aides highlighted the threat surrounding the poll to succeed Hamid Karzai, with NATO combat troops due to withdraw by year end. Gunmen shot dead two aides of Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign mini...

 World's cities face big extreme weather risk


Extreme weather poses one of the biggest risks to the global economy, experts warn, with some of world's largest cities in danger of being caught off-guard.In its recent Global Risks report for 2014, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked extreme weather events – such as floods, storms and fires – at...

 How Much Is U.S. to Blame for “Made-in-China” Pollution?


Air pollutants generated in China during the manufacture of goods destined for export travel across the Pacific, contributing to U.S. smog.China has some of the dirtiest air in the world, but a large share of the country's pollutants are generated during the manufacture of goods destined for countri...

 ‘Pakistan worst affected by climate change’


KARACHI: Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change globally and in Pakistan, which is the one of the worst hit countries of climate change, agriculture is badly affected, said climate change experts and nature conservationists on Saturday. Addressing a conference on climate change organi...

 Polar Bears ‘More Resilient’ To Climate Change Than Thought, Can Survive Ice Melt By Modifying Diet


Polar bears are regularly thought of as being among the animals most burdened by climate change, often described as starved creatures floating aimlessly on shrinking icebergs. But new research is depicting the Arctic’s greatest predator as one that can actually adapt well to a changing climate, at l...

 Battered Britain: More wet weather... and there's still no sign of leadership


The Government braced itself for a further onslaught of storms and flooding last night, as the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, promised that "everything possible" was being done to help potential flood victims and prepare for the further storms and tides forecast to hit the UK today. Mr Paters...

 War on weather


Generals and admirals around the world with long experience of planning military operations are taking the threat of climate change seriously. They have seen what can happen when a river running across borders or disputed territory begins to dry up. They are also aware of an emerging need to defend ...

 Tybee weighs turbine's effects on birds


Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee’s, where these small shorebirds are known to visit.First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only ...

 Water scarcity heightens caste tensions in India


KATHUA, India: The sleepy village of Rasooh in Jammu and Kashmir is surrounded by arid, rocky hills, denuded of trees. But its placid air belies generations-old tensions between caste groups - tensions which are being exacerbated by a scarcity of safe drinking water, threatening the health of the mo...

 Some deaths are more equal than others


Asim Qureshi, who met one of the Woolwich attackers, writes about how the case reveals much about how we value human life. With the Woolwich trial now over, there are some important questions that need to be asked in relation to the value our societies give to lives lost both in the East and the Wes...

 Restoring childhood


 WHEN Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-American poet, wrote his famous poem Pity the Nation he probably could not in his wildest dreams imagine the excesses a nation can commit against children, whose souls, according to him, “dwell in the house of tomorrow”. Had he sensed man’s brutality towards his own...


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Opinion

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