Tag: intervention

Democrats seek progressive overhaul of the U.S. financial system

Now in control of Congress, Democrats are looking to give the U.S. financial system a progressive overhaul, incoming Senate Banking Chairman Sherrod Brown said Friday. It will be a tall task. What we’re hearing: “This committee in the past has…

Humans learn from mistakes — so why do we hide our failures?

A few years ago I had the pleasure of listening to the highly-influential legal scholar Cass Sunstein speak in the flesh. Cass wrote the best-selling book Nudge, along with his long-time collaborator Richard Thaler. Thaler subsequently won the Nobel Prize…

The Hirshhorn Museum Is Charging Ahead With Plans to Overhaul Its Sculpture Garden—But It Must Win Over Skeptics First

The fate of what has been dubbed the largest artwork in Washington, DC, hangs in the balance as an opposition group has mobilized against the planned installation. The city’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden wants to move forward with a…

Peatlands keep a lot of carbon out of Earth’s atmosphere, but that could end with warming and development

Peatlands are a type of wetland where dead plant material doesn’t fully decompose because it’s too soggy. In these ecosystems, peat builds up as spongy dark soil that’s sometimes referred to as sod or turf. Over thousands of years, yards-thick…

Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

When Victorian tea-merchant Frederick Horniman was looking to build a new home for his extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts, his own back garden offered the perfect spot. Situated on one of the highest points in London, Surrey Mount…

The Kremlin Prepares for a Biden Presidency

Four years ago, dozens of deputies in Russia’s parliament greeted the news of Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton with a round of applause. A few popped a bottle of champagne together. The head of RT, the state-funded television…

Why the youth climate court case failed, and what’s next for Canadian climate policy

Last week, the Federal Court dismissed a case 15 young Canadians brought against the federal government because of its record on climate policy. The plaintiffs filed their case in October 2019, claiming their rights to life, liberty and equality were…

After Purdue Pharma Reached a $225 Million Settlement With US Authorities, the Met Says the Name of Its Sackler Wing Is ‘Under Review’

The art world’s reckoning with the Sackler family is poised to continue as the company they founded, Purdue Pharma, pleaded guilty this week to criminal charges over its marketing of the addictive painkiller OxyContin. The deep-pocketed philanthropists, who used their…