Scientists know how to cure many of the ills plaguing the high seas -- that is, ocean waters farther than 200 nautical miles from shore, beyond the jurisdiction of nations.
Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending, and hopefully it won't be the last.
Jon Letman is a freelance journalist on Kauai. He writes about politics, people and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Follow him on Twitter: @jonletman.