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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.

Military aircraft is seen above plumes of spoke.
Military aircraft is seen above plumes of spoke.

The Solution to Climate Change Isn’t Demilitarization

A new book argues that the Pentagon drives carbon emissions worldwide but ignores inconvenient realities.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

From BRICS to BIC

At COP27, Lula paints his foreign-policy aspirations green.

Tourists walk across a flooded St. Mark’s Square.
Tourists walk across a flooded St. Mark’s Square.

Europe Must Accelerate Its Climate Adaptation

The continent is warming faster than any other region—with dangerous effects for a temperate zone.

Zahida Khatoon Mugheri stands in front of partially flooded farmland in Pakistan.
Zahida Khatoon Mugheri stands in front of partially flooded farmland in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Farmers Are Already Bracing for the Next Disaster

In Sindh province, the food insecurity that followed extreme flooding may be a harbinger for the climate future.

A boy in a blue shirt tends to cattle with long horns.
A boy in a blue shirt tends to cattle with long horns.

Livestock Are More Than Just Emissions

Africa needs to reduce emissions and protect food security. Villainizing livestock will lead to neither.

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.
Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.

The Barbadian Proposal Turning Heads at COP27

How Mia Mottley’s climate finance plan went from symbol of moral outrage to serious possibility at the IMF.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate J.D. Vance greet supporters during the rally on Nov. 7 in Vandalia, Ohio. 
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate J.D. Vance greet supporters during the rally on Nov. 7 in Vandalia, Ohio. 

Will U.S. Midterm Results Affect Washington’s Foreign Policy?

A Republican-led House could mean a more hawkish stance on China and less aid for Ukraine—or more of the same.

A person stands in an agricultural field, with mountains behind them.
A person stands in an agricultural field, with mountains behind them.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Transform Our Food System.

Past U.N. climate summits neglected food. That needs to change at COP27.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivers a speech at the 27th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivers a speech at the 27th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.

Pakistan Leads Charge for Climate Justice at COP27

The have-nots need lots of cash to tackle climate change. Can they be trusted with it?

Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.
Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.

If COP27 Fails, Africans Stand to Lose the Most

The climate summit won’t bring change to Africa until the West gets serious about “loss and damage.”

An Egyptian laborer works at a charcoal factory in Egypt's Sharkia governorate, in the fertile Delta north of the capital Cairo, on Jan. 29, 2020.
An Egyptian laborer works at a charcoal factory in Egypt's Sharkia governorate, in the fertile Delta north of the capital Cairo, on Jan. 29, 2020.

How Egypt Doubled Down on Fossil Fuels by Stifling Dissent

The host of the climate conference is an authoritarian state that depends on dirty energy and forcibly silences its domestic environmentalist movement.

A cow grazes in front of the Mooifontein Colliery coal supplier in South Africa.
A cow grazes in front of the Mooifontein Colliery coal supplier in South Africa.

How to Slow Climate Change While Fighting Poverty

Falling aid budgets and ballooning debt in the developing world are impediments to climate action. Green aid projects can bring poorer countries on board.

Aerial view of a thermosolar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, the first in in Latin America, on September 22, 2021.
Aerial view of a thermosolar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, the first in in Latin America, on September 22, 2021.

The United States’ Easiest Climate Win Is in Latin America

Washington has the money for Latin America's energy transition—if it weren’t for the bureaucratic fine print.

Living quarters are flooded in Bangui, Central Africa Republic
Living quarters are flooded in Bangui, Central Africa Republic
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flashes the "L" (for Lula) sign after casting his vote during the presidential run-off election in Sao Paulo.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flashes the "L" (for Lula) sign after casting his vote during the presidential run-off election in Sao Paulo.

Can Lula Save the Amazon?

What his victory means for Brazil’s economy and climate policy.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.

Brazil Is Back

Foreign leaders have rallied around Lula after his win. How will he navigate a changed world?

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