AIF BLOG - April 2011

April 28, 2011
Today Fatah and Hamas agreed to a reconciliation deal. (Read the news story here.) In 2009 Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad spoke about Hamas and the need for fair elections in Palestine. Fayyad will be joining us again this summer.
April 21, 2011
"A human tragedy and environmental disaster are continuing to unfold in the Gulf..." NOAA's Jane Lubchenco examining the Deep Water Horizon disaster, at AIF '10. Watch her discussion with Andrea Mitchell. Are we doing enough? What policy changes will make a difference?
April 18, 2011
Congratulations to Siddhartha Mukherjee and David Leonhardt for winning Pulitzer Prizes today!From the Pulitzer Prizes announcement: "Awarded to David Leonhardt of The New York Times for his graceful penetration of America’s complicated economic questions, from the federal budget deficit to health care reform... Awarded to The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner), an...
April 16, 2011
“From April 2007 to August 2009, there’s been more learned about the root causes of disease than in the history of mankind,” says Eric Topol of Scripps Translation Science Institute in Los Angeles Times Magazine’s “Making Medicine Personal.” (Read the full article.) “I’ve been a scientist and researcher my entire life—that’s 30 years—and I’ve never seen anything like this.” These genetic discoveries are giving many...
April 15, 2011
Does “sustainable” mean 100% renewable? Does “renewable” mean “sustainable”? How much wind, water and sun will fuel our energy needs? According to World Watch: in 2008, the share of the world’s electricity generated from wind and solar power surpassed 1 percent—doesn’t sound like much, but double that of 2004…Several states in northern Germany now generate more than 30 percent of their electricity from wind energy...
April 12, 2011
Another three books for your pre-Festival reading stack!The Climate War, Eric Pooley. With impressive access to many of the key players, Pooley examines the issues and people involved in the struggle to cap global warming pollution.Power Hungry, Robert Bryce delivers a state-of-the industry overview of energy policy, with arguments about why some renewable energies are not a suitable solution.In The Emperor of All...