The California drought, the worst in its history, could have far-reaching impacts for the state and for a nation that is only now starting to cope with climate change, experts say.
A poor Central American country, Honduras, is pondering creating a new semi-independent 'charter city' that would play by different rules and become an engine for economic growth.
Some ecological economists are proposing putting large, heat-generating supercomputers, which normally require cooling, into residential basements as heating sources. Is this a clever new way to recycle energy, or too far-fetched to work?
California's financial straits need radical solutions. How about these?
Research universities aren't perfect, but they do have a role to play. They should start by reallocating their best resources, their faculty, to serve the undergraduates instead of the graduates.
Does academic study of economics lend one an acute business sense?