Energy and the Environment

A boy stands by a dried riverbed in Kenya.

The Racial Violence of Climate Change

It’s time to speak plainly about the deadly effects of global warming—and their unjust impact across racial lines.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

A pedestrian walks over a bridge in Belgrade as heavy fog and air pollution dominate the sky over the Serbian capital Belgrade on Jan. 16, 2020.

How Serbia Became China’s Dirty-Energy Dumping Ground

Belgrade is vital to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. But as China takes over old industrial sites, Serbian citizens are suffering the environmental consequences.

Firm Zero-Emission Power

Firm Zero-Emission Power

The challenge for deep decarbonization of the grid

Firefighters monitor a wildfire in California

The American West’s Climate Hellscape Is Just a Preview

Droughts, heat waves, and floods are the new normal—unless policymakers get serious.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

Chinese pedestrians watch the news.

U.S.-China Competition Can Still Produce Climate Wins

Progressive groups warning Biden against a tougher stand on China are reading the risks wrong.

Logging trucks carrying Okoume wood leave the Ivindo National Park near Makokou, Gabon.

Europe Needs to Clean Up at Home Before Pushing a Green Agenda Abroad

Norway is paying Gabon to halt deforestation while continuing to promote its own polluting industries.

A woman fills containers with water from a public water pump, to take them home carried by her donkeys, in Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Xochimilco mayorality, Mexico City, on April 16.

Historic Droughts Drive Up Prices in Mexico and Brazil

Historic dry spells are straining life and business in the two countries, where presidents are aloof to climate change.

Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in the Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil.

Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis

Deforestation is devastating the Amazon, but Beijing has the political and economic leverage to stop it.

Tubes for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are loaded onto a ship at the Sassnitz-Mukran port in northeastern Germany, on Dec. 12, 2019.

Why Is Ted Cruz Threatening Angela Merkel?

U.S. senators have threatened the Port of Sassnitz with “fatal measures,” but it’s worth asking what would happen if others acted the same way.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Russia Policy Puts Biden Under Pressure Across Europe

Ukraine has the most to gain in Biden’s emerging Russia policy—and the most to lose.

An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, on June 17.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC

The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.

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