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Rachel Laudan Announced as 2018 Paradigm Award Winner

The Breakthrough Institute has named Rachel Laudan as the recipient of the 2018 Breakthrough Paradigm Award. Dr. Laudan will accept the award on stage at the annual Breakthrough Dialogue taking place this June in Sausalito, California. The...Show More Summary

Video: The Pasture Problem

In a new essay for Breakthrough's Future of Food series, James McNamara delves into forecasts that suggest pasture may be on the verge of a dramatic expansion in emerging economies, with potentially disastrous consequences for biodiversity. Show More Summary

Clean Energy Advocates Should Oppose Subsidizing Coal

The Trump Administration’s proposed subsidy to coal and nuclear plants (the so-called NOPR) continues to roil the energy world. Some nuclear advocates, including the Nuclear Energy Institute and our former colleague (and current California gubernatorial candidate) Michael Shellenberger, are backing the proposed rule. Show More Summary

The Pasture Problem

In this essay: A Global Turnaround Regional Outlook Looking to the Future Reducing the Global Footprint of Pasture The Wrap-Up Recent decades have seen remarkable developments across the pastures of the world. Even as production of meat...Show More Summary

Breakthrough Dialogue 2018 Announced

Breakthrough Dialogue 2018: Rising Tides will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Friday, June 22, 2018. For the last eight years, the Breakthrough Institute has hosted a unique conversation with scholars, technologists, business leaders,...Show More Summary

Breakthrough Dialogue East 2017

Breakthrough Dialogue East took place on November 16-17, 2017. AGENDA Thursday, November 16, 2017 Opening Night Insight: No Cockpit: Evolving a Better Anthropocene Presented by: Erle Ellis, environmental scientist, University of Maryland...Show More Summary

Where Does Decarbonization Come From?

We know the world is not decarbonizing fast enough to reach global climate targets. But it turns out that no single country, anywhere, ever, has even achieved emissions progress of the scale needed. There are two key relationships between fossil energy consumption and GDP. Show More Summary

The Problems with a Large-Scale Shift to Organic Farming

A new study, led by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, gives the impression that a large-scale shift to organic farming would largely bring environmental benefits. And indeed, that’s how the paper has been covered. But if...Show More Summary

Is Paris Good or Bad?

Here’s me, shortly after the 2015 climate negotiations, on why the Paris Climate Agreement is good. And here’s me agreeing with Josh Barro, who says Paris is toothless: Do I contradict myself? I don’t think so. Barro was reacting toShow More Summary

TOP Award

TOP AWARD | TALENT. OPTIMISM. PRAGMATISM. We are proud to announce that Breakthrough’s 2017 TOP Award will go to Senator Lisa Murkowski. Breakthrough’s vision is a future that is good for people and for nature. Such a future is only possible if our leaders have the talent, optimism, and pragmatism to create positive and lasting change in the world. Show More Summary

What Intersectionality Tells Us about That Gender Problem

Jennifer Bernstein’s essay raises the important critique that environmentalism’s knee-jerk reaction to modernization echoes the tendency to naturalize an essential woman whose biology is connected to the nonhuman world. And yet, while...Show More Summary

Might Feedlots Be the Sustainable Option?

A new report provides further evidence that cattle grazing, even when purportedly low-impact practices are used, might not be carbon-neutral or reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. This isn’t exactly groundbreaking: experts have long...Show More Summary

Potential Energy

By Ted Nordhaus and Emma Brush The extraordinarily ambitious Grand Inga project on the Congo River provides a potent symbol of the potential that hydropower holds in Africa. On a continent where vast numbers of people lack access toShow More Summary

Rick Perry’s One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

Last week, the Department of Energy received almost universal criticism over its new electricity market rule proposal, designed to keep US coal and nuclear power plants from shutting down. And this criticism was deserved: though theShow More Summary

The Modern Joy of Cooking

Technology, increased leisure time, shifting social structures, and widening of economic opportunity are together changing the way we think about work. Part of this progress of modernity is that the drudgery of household chores can transform into uplifting activities. Show More Summary

The Allure of Do-It-Yourself

Before Michael Pollan, there was Deadwood, Oregon. Located in a dense green valley in Oregon’s Coast Range, the small pioneer community became a magnet for the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s. After a decade of chaotic uproar, young hippies were looking for a novel way to protest consumerism and conformity. Show More Summary

The Power of Progress

In his magisterial book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, the economic historian Benjamin Friedman considered the historical relationship between economic growth and social values and identified a clear pattern. During periods of rising economic prosperity, people tend to be more tolerant, optimistic, and egalitarian. Show More Summary

Stuck in the S-Curve?

Some have described the growth of solar electricity as “exponential,” and many expect solar power to provide the bulk of zero-carbon energy in the future. There’s reason for optimism. Solar panel costs have plummeted and solar deployment has skyrocketed. Show More Summary

Where’s the Fake Beef?

The Impossible Burger—the meatless burger that bleeds—has recently been lambasted by some environmental activists for using genetic engineering to make the burger taste and look like meat. It’s a strange accusation, to say the least....Show More Summary

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