The US has taken over a two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an international forum consisting of the eight nations that have territory in the Arctic. Up until recently it has been held up as a model of international cooperation.
Low oil prices have hurt production everywhere – including Iraq, where oil revenue is needed to help rebuild after years of turmoil.
Heavily dependent on Russia for its energy needs, European trade negotiators are looking for a visible anchor to US energy supplies, writes Douglas Hengel of The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
A New York judge ruled that the writ of habeas corpus, which allows humans to challenge their imprisonment, applied to two chimpanzees held for research at a Long Island university. The decision could be a first step towards broader recognition in the United States of the legal personhood of apes and other animals.
India will outstrip China in economic growth this year, according to a new IMF report, due to a recipe of policy reforms, an increase in investment, and lower oil prices.
Since the early 20th Century, the amount of energy required to produce new energy has skyrocketed. That puts a drag on the economy, Cobb writes, as more and more resources are devoted to keeping up with energy demand.