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Interview: Nobel Laureate 'Scared' for Humanity as Earth's Climate Shifts

Professor Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. (TEDxSydney 2012/Enzo Amato)
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Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, who appears on an Asia Society Hong Kong panel on April 22, says he's not sure if humanity has the discipline to confront climate change.

Video: Steven Chu Says Being a US Government Scientist Made Him 'the Jackie Robinson of Nerds'

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu discusses China and clean energy with Orville Schell and Geoffrey Cowan in San Francisco on March 4, 2015. (Asia Society)
Current AffairsPolicySustainability

Onstage in San Francisco, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy explains how, in certain respects, China utilizes clean energy better than the United States does.

New Report Posits California-China 'Vital Partnership' as a Model for Climate Engagement

A man wears a mask as he waits to cross the road near the CCTV building in Beijing during heavy smog on November 29, 2014. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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The world's largest carbon emitter has been teaming up with America's most progressive state on climate change policies. Report launch at Asia Society Northern California on March 4, 2015.

Video: Kevin Rudd on India's 'Encouraging' Stance on Climate Change

ASPI President Kevin Rudd and
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Interviewed in Delhi, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd said, “What is very encouraging … is the language which we saw emerge from Prime Minister Modi, during President Obama’s visit, about India wanting to see a global agreement in Paris.”

Slideshow: National Geographic Lensman Gets Up Close and Personal with Asia's Endangered Animals

Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the twin giant panda cubs (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta. (Joel Sartore Photography)
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Photographer Joel Sartore is on a quest to document every captive species on earth. Here's a look at just a few of the 4,000 he's photographed so far. In-person appearance at Asia Society Texas Center this Sunday, February 8.

Interview: Philippines Social Entrepreneur Illac Diaz Listens to, and Learns from, Local Talent

Filipino children holding the lamp designed and circulated by Illac Diaz's Liter of Light Foundation. (Liter of Light)
Sustainability

"There are solutions that can be done now, by combining what two human hands can do, multiplied by millions of those willing to help," the Liter of Light founder tells Asia Society. In-person appearance at Asia Society Northern California December 10.

Interview: How Mapping Can Help Cities Become More Resilient to Natural Disasters

Tacloban city was the worst hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines on November 8, 2013. (Marcel Crozet/ILO)
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Crisis management expert Celina Agaton provides an update on urban recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and offers a potentially life-saving prediction.

Video: Is China's Turn to Fracking a Reason to 'Ban it Everywhere Else?'

Mother Jones interactive producer Jaeah Lee at Asia Society New York on June 11, 2014.
Current AffairsSustainability

As energy consultants and journalists assess China's alternatives to burning coal, not everyone sees fracking as the solution to all its energy problems.

Interview: What Costs Will Fracking Bring to China?

(James West)
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Fracking has some potential to offset China's dependence on coal, but already-burdened local communities will still bear the brunt of resulting costs. Panel discussion at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, June 11.

In Manila, Experts in Disaster Recovery Explain How to 'Build Back Better'

L to R: Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski, Sir Robert Parker, Secretary Panfilo Lacson, and Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto at the second annual PCSI Forum in Manila on March 11, 2014. (Asia Society)
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Asia Society's second annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative conference convenes a disaster response master class, whose speakers have dealt with typhoons, tsunamis, and earthquakes.