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China's President Xi Jinping waves to delegates as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square on October 28, 2013 in Beijing.

Did Xi Just Save the World
?

In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

An orange sky filled with smoke hangs above hiking trails at the Limeridge Open Space in Concord, California, on Sept. 9, after historic wildfires created hazardous air quality conditions in the American West.

‘The Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Higher’

Todd Stern, Obama’s right hand at the Paris accords, says this U.S. election is make-or-break for efforts to fight runaway climate change.

Fighters loyal to the U.N.-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord

Our Top Weekend Reads

The impact of the Israel-UAE deal on the war in Libya, what we know about Biden’s foreign-policy vision, and the disastrous state of Taiwan’s military.

The nearly empty A3 highway near Leverkusen, western Germany, on April 19 amid the pandemic.

Lockdowns Have Been Amazing for the Environment, but COVID-19 Won’t Heal the Planet

Blue skies, clear water, thriving wildlife—nature has regenerated thanks to global lockdowns. How can we make the effect last?

Schoolchildren play on melting ice in the climate change-affected Yupik Eskimo village of Napakiak in Alaska on April 18, 2019.

It’s Time to Put Climate Action at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

From the Pentagon to the White House Situation Room, climate change must be considered in every decision.

A protest asking Florida to fix its unemployment system

The Time for America to Embrace Industrial Policy Has Arrived

The United States has always helped some parts of the economy at the expense of others. It’s time to get it right.

A view of the campus of Harvard Business School.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Britain is becoming like America, the Egyptian government is facing pressure on social media, and sending international students home could undermine U.S. soft power.

The Wilmington ARCO refinery

The Myth of America’s Green Growth

A celebrated new book shows U.S. capitalism doesn’t need to damage the planet. One problem: Its data is flawed.

Shafts of sunlight beam down from behind clouds  in Tokyo on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Pandemic’s 5 Silver Linings

The coronavirus has exacted a terrible toll—but some good things may come of it yet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with a toy wind wheel during the opening of the Arkona wind park in Sassnitz, northern Germany, on April 16, 2019.

Has the Coronavirus Disappeared Climate Politics?

Europe’s pandemic bailouts are trying to save the continent’s economy. Less clear is if they can save the planet.

Environmental activists rally for accountability for fossil fuel companies outside of New York Supreme Court on Oct. 22, 2019 in New York City.

Oil Price Crash Revives Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns

Climate activists say this is the moment for colleges and major institutions to dump their investments.

Cambodians dry fish in a village along the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh in 2019, the year the country faced one of the worst droughts in modern history.

In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities

Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.

Fabio Berlusconi participates in the Iditarod

The Last Great Race

Climate change has altered Alaska’s landscape, and the experiences of Arctic mushers are the canary in the coal mine.

Climate activists protest in New York City on Oct. 22, 2019.

Earth Day at 50 Reveals What’s Missing in Climate Change Fight

The Earth Day jubilee is reason to celebrate the dramatic progress in cleaning up the environment—and draw the right lessons for the fight against climate change.

School students gather to demand action on climate change in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 20, 2019.

Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change

Extreme measures to fight the coronavirus have raised activists’ hopes for similarly drastic action on global warming. Here’s why they’re wrong.

A New York City police officer stands in fog after a water main break on Broadway in New York on Jan. 13.

Obamacare for Geopolitics

The United States needs better insurance against attacks—whether by Mother Nature or human actors.

Demonstrators hold up placards outside the Australian Open during a climate protest rally in Melbourne on Jan. 24.

How to Broaden the Coalition Against Climate Change

There’s a limit to what any one company can do when it operates within a system in which oil, gas, and even coal use are still rising.

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