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The Climate Wars Are Already Here

In the Niger River Basin, climate change, an exploding population, and paltry infrastructure have formed a perfect storm for a new era of conflict.

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Congressional Spending Bill Includes $20 Million for Endangered Wildlife

Earlier this week, we told you about Prince William’s efforts on behalf of the world’s rhinoceroses and other endangered creatures, which the illegal wildlife trade ...

In Box

Biomimetics: A Short History

Why imitating nature's greatest tricks is the future of engineering.

Argument

Turning Up the Heat on a Hot India

The U.S.-China climate deal has all eyes on India. But is New Delhi ready to commit to emissions targets?

Shadow Government

How Much Is the U.S.-China Climate Deal Worth?

Since the failure of the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, both the United States and China have largely retreated from big international agreements, each waiting ...

Argument

A Day Late and a Degree Short

Will the U.S.-China climate deal actually do anything to stop rising global temperatures?

COLUMN

One Cheer for the Climate Deal

The landmark deal won’t cut China’s emissions for more than a decade, and it’s going to be tough for the U.S. to meet its requirements. But it's a good start.

Tea Leaf Nation

Why Is Beijing Downplaying the Supposedly Huge Climate Change Deal?

Obama called the agreement "historic." Chinese state media yawned.

Dispatch

The Peat Monster

Finland's pristine environment has been ruined, activists say, by an out-of-control energy giant -- turning once pristine lakes into brown pools teeming with "monkey disease."

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