Addiction has become one of America’s most costly, and most neglected diseases. In a recent Columbia University study, researchers found that over “40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.” Additionally, it is estimated that nearly 80 million people in the U.S. are what…

Dorien Lugt (Netherlands) and Jonas Hall-Andersen (Denmark) were on IFLRY’s delegation to the UN Climate Change conference (COP22) in Marrakech this year. What follows is a report on their overall experiences. It is easy to get lost in the small streets in the old town in Marrakech, where the streets are filled with scooters, bikers,…

In 2011, the first wave of an estimated 78 million baby boomers hit the retirement age of 65, meaning that many Americans can now expect to live nearly twice as long as their early 19th century counterparts. While life expectancies have drastically increased over a century, concerns about the healthcare industry’s ability to keep up…

High rates of income inequality in a society has serious, lasting effects of quality of life. It increases violent crime, makes people less healthy, and lowers the average lifespan. It has lasting, traceable effects in first world countries (even slowing down their economic growth). For countries who have methods in place to end hunger, can provide…

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 (colloquially referred to as Obamacare) made mental and behavioral health treatment one of ten essential benefits required in new insurance policies sold on the federal health exchange. Despite this expanded coverage, however, many Americans still struggle to access mental health treatment because they are unable to…

The United States and The European Union are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, commonly referred to as TTIP, that aims to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The ideas behind TTIP are straight forward, to simplify trade and investment, integrate countries and to strengthen economies. It aims to do so by reducing…

The American higher education system was greatly impacted by the economic downturn in 2007. For many public universities, insurmountable budget cuts caused institutions across the country to inflate tuition costs and cut spending. As a result, students have been forced to bear the brunt of college tuition costs, which have risen by 1,120 percent since…