climate change

Strong winds blow sand at a wind farm in the Coachella Valley on May 6, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

The Limits of Clean Energy

If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.

A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California.

The Global Food Crisis Is Here

It’s not just that climate change is ravaging the world’s agriculture. Agriculture is also ravaging the climate.

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Greed and Graft at U.N. Climate Program

Whistleblowers and experts allege corruption at a United Nations Development Program project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia, according to a Foreign Policy investigation.

The Transamazonica Road (BR-230) near Medicilandia in Para State, Brazil, on March 13.

Who Will Save the Amazon (and How)?

It's only a matter of time until major powers try to stop climate change by any means necessary.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

A cattle farmer and director of the local wind farm talks with a regional historian on Aug. 8, 2013, on Pellworm Island, northern Germany, where a shift toward a zero-carbon future has been driven by locals, not energy companies.

The Public Can Solve Climate Change if We Let It

The most efficient way of spreading renewable energy? Getting local communities involved.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

A wind farm in Jacobsdorf, Germany, on Feb. 27. PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

Climate Change Requires Big Solutions. But Baby Steps Are the Only Way to Go.

Dramatic projects to mitigate global warming often don’t work. Slow, quiet, incremental policies are the planet’s best hope.

Who Will Save the Planet?

Meet five unlikely saviors of Earth's climate crisis.

Greta Thunberg attends the Youth for Climate march in Brussels on Feb. 21.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

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Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

Local students hold a sign that reads “Save Lamu Women's Movement” in Swahili at a poetry competition in Lamu Town to raise awareness about the effects of coal on the environment on Nov. 29, 2017.

When Coal Comes to Paradise

As China pushes clean energy policies at home, it is exporting its high-pollution coal industry to pristine places like Kenya’s Lamu Island—with Nairobi’s seal of approval. Local residents fear it will destroy the environment they depend on.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, outside the White House on June 1, 2017.

Leaving the Paris Agreement Is a Bad Deal for the United States

Trump’s plan to quit the accord would provide serious cover for major emitters like China and India.

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

A section of newly constructed offshore seawall on April 27, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia Floats Yet Another Plan to Move Its Sinking Capital

Big plans to relocate from Jakarta keep disappearing into nothing. Will this time be different?

Smoke billows from a large steel plant as a Chinese laborer works at an unauthorized steel factory in Inner Mongolia, China, on Nov. 4, 2016.

China Rises in U.N. Climate Talks, While U.S. Goes AWOL

As the global body becomes increasingly identified with tackling climate change, Trump refuses to take part, handing the reins to Beijing.

Members of Charles Company from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut, take part in austere runway training near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, on March 28.

Vanguards of the Thawing Arctic

After two decades of war in the desert, Canadian troops must relearn how to operate in the frozen north.

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