The Questionable Future of Geoengineering

By Jasmine Owens: This year, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for federally funded climate and environmental research, recommended additional studies into two areas of geoengineering research. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale intervention in Earth’s natural systems in order to counteract climate change– specifically, offsetting global warming caused by elevated greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse…

Macron on the Move

By: Annie Schoenfeldt After an election cycle fraught with contention and uncertainty, the French rallied to choose their next president: Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year old, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon,[1] emerged as a clear victor with almost two thirds of the vote. His victory over Marine Le Pen of the National Front marks a pivotal moment…

100 Days of Trump

Click here to check out this new episode of TheWIReCast. Sam, Max, and Iakovos in studio along with Sasha and Jarjiah via satellite discuss their thoughts on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office and its affect on global issues such as Syria, North Korea, and much more.

The French Presidential Election: Round One

By: Annie Schoenfeldt   A wave of uncertainty sweeps the political landscape at the approach of the April 23 presidential election. Four candidates: Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, vie for votes in a contentious and close race. If no candidate wins over 50% of the vote, the elections will continue in…

A Truly “America-First” Energy Plan

By: Ryan McGuine Recently, the myth that moving toward a less carbon-intensive economy damages America’s competitiveness has resurfaced in the national dialogue.This has prompted many to question the usefulness of reducing carbon emissions at home if other large emitters, such as China and India, will not likewise do so. However, both China and India have been…

World Leaders will go forth with COP22 Agreement with or without Trump support

By: Jasmine Owens Last November, the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) took place in Marrakech. The successor of the Paris Climate Agreement, the 200 nations present at the COP22 created a plan to reach their greenhouse gas emission standard goals. However, the accession of the Trump administration may lead to a shift…

WIRe Briefing Feb 27 – Mar 3

With the Wisconsin International Review, I’m Maggie Winding, and you’re listening to the WIRe Weekly Briefing. Here are the top international news stories from February 27- March 3rd. France: Francois Fillon, the Republican Candidate in France’s presidential election, declared that he will continue his campaign despite being subject to an official criminal investigation over payments…

Opportunity for South Korea to break up ‘Chaebol’ system

By: Soeun (Sarah) Lee Due to the political turmoil caused by the “Shaman President” scandal, the Korean economy is facing instability. The unstable situation resulted in the decreased amount of employment plan for 2017. In fact, a few top Chaebol companies announced that they would either reduce employment or not hire at all, and this impacted…

Weekly Briefing – Feb. 20-25, 2017

This is the WIRe Weekly Briefing. Here are the international events from the week of February 20-25th. U.S.A: After less than a month in the job, Michael Flynn departed as Donald Trump’s national security advisor, having admitted that he had provided “incomplete information” to the White House about a conversation he had with the Russian…

Trump in Syria

By: Rebecca Hanks For the past five years civil war has raged within Syria’s borders. Under President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Arab Army pushes back against the Free Syrian Army in an attempt to maintain power. The presence of Kurdish nationalists and the Islamic State serves to further complicate the conflict, creating a vicious cycle of…