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Some travelers prefer the beach and nature, others have a soft spot for the pool, and everyone wants a killer view. For all those times when you can’t choose between the two, there’s an infinity pool.
When I reviewed The Da Vinci Code ten years ago , I found the feature adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel beset with glacial pacing and a decidedly un-cinematic structure. Despite my many qualms, director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks (turning in his usual thoroughly reliable performance as Brown’s hero, Harvard Professor Robert Langdon), certainly weren’t among Da Vinci ‘s problems. When the pair reunited three short years later for follow-up Angels & Demons (based on Brown’s first Langdon novel), it seemed to mostly address the pacing problems of the previous installment, and I found it mostly engrossing (albeit mostly forgettable too).
CAMPI, Italy (Reuters) – Daylight revealed widespread damage in central Italy on Thursday after strong earthquakes overnight that caused panic and fear among residents just two months after a quake nearby killed hundreds. No one was killed this time, but dozens of people sustained minor injuries and about four others more serious ones, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said
After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that he would “keep us in suspense” as to his intentions to honor the result of the election, the media has been pressing to find out what he really intends to do should he lose on election night. Well, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus went on “Face the Nation” to clear everything up.
Pope Francis may be too humble to spend time at the lavish palace of Castel Gandolfo, but we aren’t. The Vatican announced on Friday that the papal 135-acre estate will now be open to the public for visits
ROME (Reuters) – About 4,655 migrants were saved on Tuesday and 28 bodies recovered in more than 30 rescue missions off the Libyan coast, Italy’s coast guard said on Wednesday. More than 10,000 refugees have been picked up in just two days, as people smugglers take advantage of calm weather to push boats to sea. Over the same period, at least 50 people have died trying to make the dangerous crossing
Wouldn’t you agree that the losing litigant in a trial rife with falsities and error — from an imposter judge to undeniable anti-Semitism — deserves an appeal? U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does
Saint Thomas More: “Why not be a teacher?
The body of an Italian student who went missing in Cairo was found half naked by the roadside with cigarette burns and other signs of torture, a senior Egyptian prosecutor said on Thursday. In Rome, Italy’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador to express concern over the death of Giulio Regeni, who disappeared on Jan. 25, the five-year anniversary of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule
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While a report by a British judge found that Russian president Vladimir Putin probably approved of the Russian security service’s plan to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB officer turned Kremlin critic, justice remains far for many other dead, disappeared or jailed Putin critics. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992. Here are some of the most prominent Kremlin critics who have been killed or jailed in the last decade: Boris Nemtsov Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Putin who exposed corruption in the government, was gunned down in February near the Kremlin. At the time of his murder, Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, had been working on a report on Russia’s role in separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine in 2014
In ten days from now in New York, initiatives, talks, understandings, and deals will come together under two main titles: terrorism and immigration.
By College Tourist ; Author: Kevin Walsh , Bridgewater State University Document your travel adventure with these travel photography must do’s As you are currently packing your bags and planning for your next adventure, whether it’s that weekend trip to a new city, or a new country all together, you’ll be thinking about what experience you’ll end up having.
A still from Yaëlle Kayam’s Mountain , starring Shani Klein I’m angry. As a woman film blogger, I need twice as much effort and talent to get a quarter of the recognition that my male counterparts receive
A good 30 years after his death, the genius that was, is and always will be Orson Welles is finally enjoying the recognition he deserves. At the Festival de Cannes this year, he was the celebrated festival personality along with Ingrid Bergman — though only the latter was featured on the official poster — and The Third Man , in which Welles acted, was shown as part of the Cannes Classics line-up, in all its 4K restoration glory, ahead of its US re-release in June
Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, turned heads during their Italian vacation earlier this week , and now you’ll be doing another double take. The couple, who have been reportedly dating since May, were back out on the Amalfi Coast on Tuesday showing even more steamy PDA
Not to be outclassed by Milan, where the Expo 2015 – with more or less success – has turned the spotlight on food and nutrition as one on the most urgent issues of our time, Rome has now its own food-themed exhibitions. A show called Food: dal cucchiaio al mondo (from the spoon to the world) is gracing the gorgeous spaces of MAXXI (the National Museum for the Twenty-first Century Arts) until November 8th. The theme is the relationship between food and space, examined through increasingly wider frames of reference: from the body to the world, and from the home to the street and the city.
The author nearly 70 years ago, when life was still a journey to ponder It’s an oppressively hot day. It was the first time this summer the temperature had gotten up in to the 90s. That wouldn’t have meant much–after all it’s now August–but for the humidity.
Snoop Dogg just can’t seem to catch a break lately. The rapper, who was arrested on suspicion of illegal drug use in Sweden last week , found himself in the middle of another dilemma while leaving Italy on Saturday. A police source told CNN the rapper was found with $422,820 in U.S.
LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for Britain’s Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. A spokeswoman for the British police told Reuters: “There were no survivors, unfortunately. There were four people onboard including the pilot,” but she did not provide their identities.
About six month ago, I posted an essay at this blog ( The IPCC at a Crossroads , February 26, 2015 ) highlighting some of the challenges faced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , which plays an important role in global climate change policy around the world. In previous essays at this blog, I wrote about problems with the IPCC process (Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?, April 25, 2014) and about its significant merits (Understanding the IPCC: An Important Follow-Up, May 3, 2014; The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 — Last Week’s Outcome in Copenhagen, November 4, 2014).
A Key Moment to Think About the Future of the IPCC
Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for this much-maligned and much-celebrated organization, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC (who together constitute this “intergovernmental panel”) will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair, who will lead the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). There are some excellent candidates for the chairmanship. I hope they see (and read) today’s essay.
As I’ve said before, the IPCC is at a crossroads. Despite its many accomplishments, this institution, like many large institutions, has experienced severe growing pains. Its size has increased to the point that it has become cumbersome, it sometimes fails to address the most important issues, and — most striking of all — it is now at risk of losing the participation of the world’s best scientists, due to the massive burdens that participation entails.
In February of this year, we (Harvard) co-sponsored a three-day workshop on the future of international climate-assessment processes in Berlin, Germany, to take stock and reflect on lessons learned in past assessments — including those of the IPCC — as a means to identify options for improving future assessments. The workshop (titled “Assessment and Communication of the Social Science of Climate Change: Bridging Research and Policy”) was co-organized by: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM, Italy), the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (USA), the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC, Germany), and the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (USA).
How Can the IPCC and its Procedures be Improved?
In an essay published in the Review of Environment, Energy and Economics (“Assessment and Communication of the Social Science of Climate Change: Bridging Research and Policy.”), Carlo Carraro (FEEM), Charles Kolstad (Stanford), and I offered our thoughts on the path ahead, drawing on our reflections on the Berlin workshop. We described a set of challenges and opportunities facing the IPCC, and provided options for future improvements. Here are some excerpts in five key areas.
1. The IPCC could better integrate and coordinate across IPCC Working Groups, as well as enhance interaction between scientists and governments.
The scoping process could include more interaction between governments and scientists, driven by policy questions governments want answered and issues scientists feel need addressing. More experts could be involved in the process leading up to scoping meetings so that draft outlines going into scoping meetings might better reflect broad scientific consensus.
Feedback among policymakers, scientists, and other stakeholders during the assessment process could be improved. A lack of coordination and discussion between policymakers and scientists during the scoping and writing process has sometimes led to controversies and misunderstanding at the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) government approval sessions, which might have been avoided through earlier consultation.
The Chair of the IPCC could enhance coordination among Working Groups. The Chair could improve coordination between Working Groups at multiple stages of the assessment process, including in the preparation of the Synthesis Report (SYR).
Special Reports could be developed to more flexibly target emerging issues, develop closer interactions between Working Groups, and inform future Assessment Reports. Shorter reports would be easier to produce and involve shorter turnaround times.
2. The IPCC could enhance its interface with social scientific disciplines and communities.
Involving experts from a more diverse set of social-scientific communities in the scoping process, prior to scoping meetings, could enhance the quality of the Working-Group outlines and reports. Scholars from a wider range of fields might contribute to the scoping process by suggesting policy-relevant questions and by indicating which questions from policymakers are most amenable to response.
The IPCC leadership could strengthen engagement with relevant research communities that may initiate research projects and consortia to address gaps of knowledge identified in the IPCC scoping or assessment processes. Such recommended research might then be evaluated and incorporated as appropriate into Assessment Reports.
Consider establishing more formal interfaces with professional societies and national academies of sciences to facilitate identification of authors from various scientific disciplines, including social sciences, during the author selection process. This could facilitate the task of the Bureau, Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs), Technical Support Units (TSUs), and governments in identifying and recruiting the most appropriate disciplinary mix of scientists for the IPCC.
3. The IPCC could increase its efforts to facilitate the contributions of expertise from developing countries.
Selecting CLAs and LAs on the basis of scientific skills, capability, and reputation is paramount, but it is also important to reflect the perspectives of both developed and developing countries. Today, excellent scholars are available from all regions of the world.
The IPCC could invite authors from developing countries with less regard to where they are currently based. There are a significant number of scholars of international repute from the developing world living and working outside their countries of origin. These scholars could contribute significantly to IPCC reports.
New partnerships, including with national, regional, and international academies of sciences, could support the author-nomination process. The academies might support CLAs, TSUs, and national focal points in identifying excellent researchers from a diverse set of geographic regions.
The IPCC could facilitate efforts of other organizations to build scientific expertise in developing countries. While the IPCC does not have the mandate to finance or execute such capacity-building efforts, the IPCC could recognize and support other international organizations that help develop stronger developing-country scientific expertise.
4. The IPCC could increase the efficiency of its operations and ensure scientific integrity through organizational improvements.
Preparing IPCC Reports is a complex management operation. Operational aspects of the Assessment-Report process could be improved significantly in a number of ways:
The IPCC should ensure that Chair and Co-Chairs of the Working Groups are selected early in the assessment cycle, and particularly before the scoping meetings, in order to enable careful preparation of the overall assessment process. Having the Chair and Co-Chairs engaged in the process from the beginning would also help foster a more deeply-shared vision between IPCC leadership and governments of the ultimate assessment products.
The IPCC could improve the efficiency of TSUs, which is essential for effectively managing the Assessment-Report process. The functioning of the TSUs requires frequent and intense face-to-face collaboration among staff and with the Co-Chairs. This requires maintaining a single TSU for each Working Group, physically located in a single geographic location under the authority of the Working Group Co-Chairs, with clearly assigned responsibilities. Geographic balance can be increased via global searches for qualified professionals, including from developing countries, to serve on the TSU staff.
Work organization, in particular of Lead Author (LA) meetings, could be greatly improved. Inefficient organization and high workload significantly reduce the incentives for researchers to contribute to the IPCC process. Frequent LA meetings are putting a high travel burden on authors, and the IPCC could reduce the number and length of LA Meetings (LAMs) and use means of remote collaboration, communication, and organization. Chapter Science Assistants (CSAs) provide critical support for chapter teams, facilitating the functioning and organization of work between and during LAMs. The IPCC could allow them to participate in all meetings and provide dedicated funding streams for CSAs for all chapters. The money saved by holding fewer and briefer LAMs could partly be dedicated to this purpose.
Consider expanding the definition of conflict of interest to include not only economic conflicts, but also conflicts due to institutional affiliation. For example, authors, Bureau members, Working Group leadership, and other IPCC personnel with dual roles as national negotiators could be identified as having a potential conflict of interest. Also, authors who work for an organization that aims to influence climate policy might be defined as having a potential conflict of interest. While this expanded definition need not preclude these individuals from working with the IPCC, public disclosure of the potential conflict of interest should help assure the integrity of the IPCC process. It could be valuable to have such an expanded definition in effect early in the AR6 process.
5. Outreach and communications could be strengthened.
The SPMs, as well as the Technical Summaries (TS), are widely considered by non-experts to be difficult to access and understand. It would be difficult to change the SPM process, given its negotiated character. However, the IPCC could consider engaging expert science communicators to help produce more concise TSs, making them more accessible to policymakers and the general public. In addition, re-naming the TS as “Executive Summary” could more accurately characterize this component of the Assessment Reports and draw the interest of a broader readership.
The impact of IPCC publications on the UNFCCC process may have suffered from not being more closely aligned in terms of timing. The IPCC could consider synchronizing the IPCC Assessment cycle with the UNFCCC negotiation schedule.
My co-authors and I are continuing to develop our thinking on these and other issues associated with the functioning of the IPCC. Whereas some commentators have argued that the IPCC has outlived its usefulness (or is irreparably broken), I prefer to resist the temptation to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.” Instead, I welcome your thoughts on how the IPCC and its procedures can be improved.
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Forget snakes — the pope on a plane is a sufficiently bizarre, and wonderful, sight. On Monday, Pope Francis flew in the papal jetliner with his entourage and dozens of journalists to Quito, Ecuador, where he kicked off his latest South American tour .
ATHENS, Greece — “Syriza’s fight is our fight. If Syriza loses, we all lose …” More…
ROME, June 6 (Reuters) – More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea, the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italy’s coastguard said. “MOAS coordinated the rescue of over 2,000 people together with Italian, Irish and Germany ships,” the group tweeted
CATANIA, Italy (RNS) Sitting outside the central train station here in eastern Sicily, a 16-year-old who would only give his name as “Simon” hunched his knees up to his chest and wrapped himself up into a ball. With little spoken English, the teenager from Eritrea has taken to miming the way he traveled across the Mediterranean. He was one of around 325 migrants crammed into an overcrowded boat that left Libya earlier this month, only to lose power a few hours into the journey.
Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The court acquitted Knox and Sollecito in the murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student who was found dead in the home she shared with Knox and two other roommates in the Italian city of Perugia. More…
Blu is the pseudonymous name of a popular Italian street artist who’s been working around the globe since 1999. He began in Bologna, Italy and has since seen his designs on the walls of Israel, Germany, Guatemala, Poland, Spain, England, the United States and more.
If paradise exists, it might be in Malta. This is Comino , the tiny island off the tip of Italy’s boot in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Comino has an estimated population of four humans, a complete absence of cars and a Blue Lagoon with waters so perfectly azure, we don’t even believe they’re real
JERUSALEM, Aug 4 (Reuters) – A construction vehicle slammed into a bus in Jerusalem on Monday, overturning it, in what police described as a possible terrorist attack. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said no passengers were on the bus when it was hit. It said two people were injured in the incident, in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of the city
(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were. But today, as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, marks its 25th anniversary at a conference in Chicago (Aug
Hey qweeeeeen! Johnny McGovern dropped the latest installment in his new web talk show “Hey Qween!” last week and it features beloved “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Willam Belli. More…
Oranges are so very tasty, but are they really worth all the mess that comes with peeling? The zest gets caught underneath your nails and your fingers become savagely sticky.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage
DILI – Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.
It’s probably time to just accept the fact that we can’t stop scrolling through Instagram this summer. This week, we couldn’t take our eyes off our screens thanks to all the amazing arm (and hand) candy.
Although many A-listers hit it out of the park this week in the wardrobe department, not all stars were so lucky. In fact, many celebrities flopped altogether. Nicole Richie took the sheer trend too far, Vivica A
Just when we thought the Grand Canyon couldn’t get any — yes — grander, we stumbled upon some epic waterfalls hidden in nearby Havasu Canyon . Nestled in between gorgeous red rocks and greenery, the waterfalls are located on the land of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, an offshoot of the Grand Canyon . “Havasupai” itself means ” people of the blue-green waters ,” and it is said the sacred water “flows not only across the land, but also through each tribal member.” More..
Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald’s comment that she is “like a neocon, practically.” On Friday in England, Clinton boasted that two years ago she had favored a proposal by a top British General to train 100,000 “moderate” rebels to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria, but Obama had turned her down. The American Thatcher?
Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with The Guardian on Friday, and revealed how she reenergized herself after logging nearly 1 million miles across the globe as the nation’s top diplomat — a relentless pace to which she would undoubtedly return, should she decide to run for president in 2016. Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, asked the former secretary of state in a video appearance how she got “untired” from public service and whether she had lessons for women about managing overwork
Recently released video reportedly captures Israeli police beating and kicking the cousin of a killed Palestinian teen.
You’ve never heard of Es Grau, right? We certainly never had. The beach was named one of Europe’s “secret seasides” by The Telegraph this week
While winter brings snow and rainstorms to the rest of the nation, the only thing Los Angeles has had to endure so far is a little drizzle and a slight ” cold snap .” You’d never know it, though, from the overly-dramatic weather reporting of Southern California’s local news stations.
WASHINGTON — An official associated with the Republican National Committee made head-turning comments at a GOP holiday party last week, accusing gay individuals of pushing health care reform because they die earlier in life. Speaking at Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception last Thursday, RNC Committee member Dave Agema said that while working with American Airlines, he repeatedly witnessed gay colleagues claiming AIDS victims as lovers, just so they could get health care coverage. Via the Herald Palladium , a southwest Michigan paper: Agema has taken flak nationally for his stance against gay marriage, but he said he doesn’t mind because while working at American Airlines, he saw firsthand what happens when benefits are extended to gay people.