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The Economist has broken the taboo on the word we all know but are not supposed to print – and even the Economist had to use two asterisks.  Referring to Brexit, on March 19th one and half million copies of the Economist had a picture of a disheveled Britannia screaming “Oh **UK. Whatever next.” Sex is a powerful emotion … Continue reading »

Lessons about climate change and drought from Down Under

I went to Australia to represent AAEA in the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Meeting in Melbourne, and while I was there, I visited Sydney and New Zealand. Melbourne is considered one of the most livable cities in the world – great weather, wonderful parks, and a Goldilocks pace of life: not too fast or … Continue reading »

Medical students advocate for Medicare for All

This post was written by and on behalf of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program chapter of Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), which advocates for the adoption of a single-payer, universal health system in the United States. At the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP), our instructors implore us to examine the social … Continue reading »

International Women’s Day: Gender equity by the numbers

A recent New York Times opinion piece decried the application of quantitative metrics to evaluate progress toward gender equity (“Stop counting women,” Feb. 23, 2019). The author’s assertion, that such frameworks are “reductive and demeaning” and impede a “gradual organic process of moving toward a society where men and women can both pursue the work … Continue reading »

Competition over California’s water, after the rains

California’s water balance, what is left after precipitation runs off, drains and evaporates, is complicated by its diverse geography, ecosystems and microclimates, its wet, cool winters and hot dry summers, and its swings between booms and busts in annual rainfall.  Consequently, water in California, is a highly variable and contentious resource that suffers from intense … Continue reading »