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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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How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

A woman walks past a mural depicting a koala and firefighters in Melbourne, Australia

Australians Are Ready to Break Out of the Cycle of Climate Change Denial

Catastrophic fires make it hard for media to stick to old narratives.

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When the Green New Deal Goes Global

The left’s increasingly ambitious environmental agenda is rethinking the mechanics of the international economy.

2020 for the Future

Fridays for Future took foreign policy out of the hands of bureaucrats and officials in 2019. Next year, Greta Thunberg’s movement could go further.

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The Words That Explained the World in 2019

A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.

A fishbone lies on a dry part of the bed of the River Loire in western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe.

5 Charts That Help Explain the State of the Environment in 2019

The world is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change, but politicians are finally starting to pay attention.

New and old forms of wind power

There’s Only One Way for Democracies to Save the Planet

The Netherlands is taking the lead in solving climate change—and proving that the rest of the West is doing democracy wrong.

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