Press Review March 17th 2014

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A NASA-funded study ponders whether industrial civilization is headed for “an irreversible collapse”, reports the theguardian.com. According to the study, socio-economic inequality and environmental degradation/resource depletion are among two of the major reasons why our civilization could be headed toward collapse in the not-so-distant future. The study formulates these conclusions by looking at, among other things, the collapse of previous civilizations, including the Roman and Mayan empires.

Are we facing the end of an inter-Cold War era and start of a Second Cold War? Will the West-Russia relationship in the coming years be characterized by conflict rather than cooperation? Dmitry Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, discusses recent events in Ukraine in light of the larger West v. Russia geo-strategic rivalry on Russia Today’s Worlds Apart program.

lemonde.fr reports that due to the high levels of pollution in Paris, alternating circulation (only half of the cars cars can be on the streets in Paris) may last longer than expected. This unpopular measure, last used in 1997, has raised the issues of the environment and public transportation to the top of the agenda of for the upcoming elections in Paris.

Vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Magdalena Álvarez has said she will not resign her post over a her alleged involvement in a massive fraud scheme during her time in the Andalusian government, reports Spain’s elpais.com.

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