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Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaks at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 7.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaks at a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 7.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister: We’re Not a ‘Geopolitical Football’

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Islamabad’s relations with Beijing and Washington and how his country is dealing with deadly floods.

An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.
An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.

Floods Devastate West Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger due to government failures to invest in preventive infrastructure.

Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.
Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.

Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Destroying the Multipolar World

The EU and Russia are losing their competitive edge. That leaves the United States and China to duke it out.

Catalan leader Pere Aragonès gives a speech.
Catalan leader Pere Aragonès gives a speech.

Catalan President: Now Is Not the Time for a Unilateral Independence Vote

Pere Aragonès discusses negotiations with Madrid, Catalan views on NATO, and prospects for a future referendum.

Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.
Then-Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walks in front of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant.

Fumio Kishida’s Great Nuclear Leap

A decade after Fukushima, the Japanese prime minister is walking a fine political line to reengage with the carbon-free energy source.

A person in firefighting gear and goggles carries a long yellow hose amid a smoky haze.
A person in firefighting gear and goggles carries a long yellow hose amid a smoky haze.

The World’s Militaries Aren’t Ready for Climate Change

These days, threats don’t just come from other states.

Steam rises from cooling towers at the Niederaussem coal-fired power plant during the coronavirus pandemic near Bergheim, Germany, on Feb. 11, 2021.
Steam rises from cooling towers at the Niederaussem coal-fired power plant during the coronavirus pandemic near Bergheim, Germany, on Feb. 11, 2021.

Putin’s Energy War Is Crushing Europe

The big question is whether it ends up undermining support for Ukraine.

A view of the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great on Unter den Linden avenue with its illumination turned off on July 27, 2022 in Berlin.
A view of the Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great on Unter den Linden avenue with its illumination turned off on July 27, 2022 in Berlin.

Germany’s Energy Crisis Plan Contradicts Itself

The German government is desperately trying to conserve gas—and subsidizing its use.

A man in a yellow hat stands next to a conveyor belt with blue-green chunks on it.
A man in a yellow hat stands next to a conveyor belt with blue-green chunks on it.

Electric Vehicles’ Dirty Secret

EVs may hold great promise. But they’re not a silver bullet.

A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.
A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.

Who’s Afraid of Gene-Edited Crops?

A new U.K. bill is a chance at food security—if Britain can get past unfounded fears.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Sept. 1.

Pakistan and the U.S. Have Made Up, but Will It Last?

The worst floods in memory may have occasioned a reset in relations, but Imran Khan could still prove a spoiler.

An excavator transfers imported iron ore at a port in Rizhao, China, on May 15, 2019.
An excavator transfers imported iron ore at a port in Rizhao, China, on May 15, 2019.
Marina Silva, Brazilian federal deputy candidate and former environment minister, speaks next to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a press conference in São Paulo on Sept. 12.
Marina Silva, Brazilian federal deputy candidate and former environment minister, speaks next to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a press conference in São Paulo on Sept. 12.

What Could Brazil’s Post-Bolsonaro Climate Policy Look Like?

It won’t be easy for the country to refurbish its green reputation.

A flood-hit area in Pakistan
A flood-hit area in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Next Superflood Is Coming. The Cavalry Isn’t.

Even a 1.5 degree warming target is untenable for countries already wracked by extreme weather. The West needs to step up.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.

Egypt to Host Big U.N. Climate Summit While Muzzling Environmental Activists

COP27 will put Biden’s human rights agenda on a collision course with his climate change agenda.

A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.
A child stands in front of a makeshift shelter on the banks of a body of water.

Pakistan’s Flood Disaster Shows the Perils of Climate Shortsightedness

“We have never had a really good plan in terms of how we counter climate change,” one expert noted.

Pipe systems are seen at the industrial plant of Nord Stream 1.
Pipe systems are seen at the industrial plant of Nord Stream 1.

Moscow’s Gas Freeze Shows EU-Russian Trade Is Doomed

Russia is limiting supply in the hope of a short-term price rise.

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