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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.

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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.

Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg addresses politicians, media and guests with the Houses of Parliament on April 23, 2019 in London, England.

The Realpolitik of Greta Thunberg

Her global protest movement has impressed the world with its idealism—but more important are the ways it can steer practical politics.

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Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

Pekka Haavisto, then-chairman of the Finnish Greens, at a parliamentary election debate in Helsinki on April 9.

Finland’s Green Diplomat

Under Pekka Haavisto, Helsinki tries to chart a path to a fossil fuel-free future.

A Greenland ice melt lake atop the sheet, seen from 5,000 feet above, in August. Across Greenland’s massive ice sheet, blue pools of melted water, forming icy lakes, dot the landscape as far as the eye can see.

Greenland Is the Center of the World

The Arctic island offers a harrowing reminder of the environmental damage, and political dangers, already imposed by climate change.

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 climate change protester walks near Parliament in London on Dec. 8, 2007.

Europe Should Bide Its Time on Climate Change

Ursula von der Leyen put forth an ambitious agenda to cut emissions, but the time may not be right for her plans.

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.

Heat waves emanate from the exhaust pipe of a city transit bus as it passes an American flag on the Los Angeles County Hall on April 25. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The United States Owes the World $1 Trillion

By failing to live up to its international climate change agreements, the United States has cost the world a bundle in damage.

A protester holds up a poster depicting the Earth as a crying eye during a demonstration in Berlin on March 22. (Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day on January 6, 2017 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The Paris Accord Won’t Stop Global Warming on Its Own

The world needs a new alliance of green economic powers to create a low-carbon economic zone.

A helicopter takes off from a U.S. Coast Guard cutter one week after the passage of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 27, 2017. (Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Head of the U.S. Coast Guard Isn’t Afraid to Talk About Climate Change

It may not be a White House priority. But rising sea levels are critical to the service’s operations.

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