People trying to reduce their carbon footprint through carbon-offset schemes had best check whether such projects are real. Many are fraudulent or mismanaged. The lesson? Curbing climate change through cap-and-trade schemes will need rigorous oversight.
The Iceland volcano underscores the need for the US to invest more heavily in surface transportation -- and move quickly to reauthorize the six-year transportation law.
Negative reaction to the president's initial plan for NASA has forced him to backpedal a bit and offer a schedule for human spaceflights to Mars and an asteroid. He now needs to work more closely with Congress to set long-term, deep-space missions.
An Obama plan to allow a few nations to continue hunting whales would sanction a sorry practice. But in exchange it would buy time for the majestic creatures to continue recovering in number and for outdated culinary attitudes to shift.
A Congress divided over financial reform of Wall Street after the bailouts needs to first focus on its own role in the crisis.
The tragic loss of Lech Kaczynski and other leaders of Poland in an airplane crash also may have created momentum toward better reconciliation with Russia -- and fresh appreciation of Poland's stable democracy.
The nuclear security summit is a baby step toward total nonproliferation. But that worthy goal can't divert Obama's attention from the prime US role of resolving conflicts that create a desire for nukes.
Even as Obama and Medvedev signed the START nuclear weapons treaty, Vladimir Putin was supporting the new government in Kyrgyzstan, where he wants the US to give up its military base. The US should have its eyes wide open about the promise of a "reset" in relations.
A proposition to regulate and tax marijuana is on the California ballot. Its backers say it can raise up to $1.4 billion in revenue and help reduce the state's huge deficit. But the tax makes no economic sense.
A court ruling against the FCC on Net neutrality brings up issues about the federal role in expanding access to broadband Internet. First rule: Do no harm, as the Web ever changes.
Not long ago, relations between the US and Russia were quite frosty. New Presidents Obama and Medvedev are set to sign the START pact limiting nuclear weapons. Will the treaty lead to closer cooperation on Iran, Afghanistan, and arms control?
Obama needs more patience in the Afghanistan war, especially in helping Karzai cope with the Taliban
Geoengineering -- intentionally altering Earth's climate to fight global warming -- may be risky science but it must be researched. The watchwords should be caution, openness, international cooperation, and humility.
President Obama tried to make a skillful political decision by permitting some offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. But he's obscured a more important message: The US must leave oil behind.
A big concern about proposed national education standards for grades K-12 is that they amount to a federal takeover of public schools. Not true. This plan originated from the states, is voluntary, and is backed by 48 governors.
How Russia responds to the Moscow subway bombing terrorist attacks will say much about the direction of Russia itself -- and the power-sharing relationship between Putin and Medvedev.
In one month, Obama toughened up on health care, arms control, Israeli settlements, and President Karzai in Afghanistan. This stiffer resolve shows a maturing presidency. But Obama must still balance deliberation with decisiveness.
Just as Earth Hour can pressure governments on global warming, so can consumers push politicians to protect endangered species such as bluefin tuna, several kinds of sharks, and corals -- all of which were abandoned at a UN wildlife conference.
Google tried for years to cooperate with censorship in China. But in the end, cofounder Sergey Brin's boyhood experience under totalitarianism demanded a different decision.