Environment

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Why Growth Can’t Be Green

New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment—but it’s hard to do both.

French president Emmanuel Macron (L) poses for photographs with Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot on June 20, 2018 during a visit to Cap Frehel in Plevenon, western France. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron’s Celebrity Apprentice Is a Nightmare

Nicolas Hulot is a combination of Donald Trump and Al Gore—and the French president will regret ever putting him in his Cabinet.

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How Conservation Became Colonialism

Indigenous people, not environmentalists, are the key to protecting the world’s most precious ecosystems.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed speaks at the U.N. in February. (Devra Berkowitz/U.N. Photo)

New Allegations Challenge the Environment Record of Top U.N. Official

Environmental group claims Amina J. Mohammed authorized illegal exports of endangered rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister.

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The Next Wave of Extremists Will Be Green

Militant environmentalism is coming. And we aren’t ready for it.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01:  U.S. President Donald Trump receives a standing ovation while announcing his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former President Barack Obama and the leaders of 194 other countries signed in 2015. The agreement is intended to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global warming to a manageable level.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Actually Care About U.S. Sovereignty

The Republicans have forsaken the planet and their role in protecting America.

US President Donald Trump (L) listens to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speak after announcing the US will withdraw from the Paris accord in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.
"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country," Trump said. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Rethink Leaving the Paris Agreement Before It’s Too Late

Walking away from the accord puts the United State in some very bad company.

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Watch: Trump’s Decision on the Paris Climate Accords

Candidate Trump vowed to pull out of the voluntary, global pact -- but even administration insiders are unsure just what he’ll do.

A woman and baby wearing face masks walk in the Forbidden City during heavy pollution in Beijing on February 28, 2013. Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China's capital. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?

Two philosophers discuss the morality of family planning in the age of climate change.

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Russia’s Controversial European Gas Project Is Under Fire, Again

Environmental violations thrust Nord Stream 2 and its European partners into an awkward position.

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In Closed-Door Climate Showdown, It’s Jared and Ivanka vs. Bannon and Pruitt

With Trump threatening to pull the United States out of the Paris accord, moderates and ideologues are at loggerheads.

A demonstrator holds a banner reading "One climate one world" during a rally held by several Non Governmental Organisations (NGO)  to form a human chain on the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on December 12, 2015 on the sidelines of the COP21, the UN conference on global warming.
French hosts submit the final version of a global climate-saving pact to negotiators at UN Conference on december 12. The goal is for ministers to approve the agreement by the end of the day but that could be extended one more day. / AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Environmental Policies Are a Disaster for U.S. Foreign Policy

The Trump administration’s approach to science generally and to climate change in particular has the makings of a foreign-policy disaster.

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This Canadian River Disappeared in Four Days Thanks to Climate Change

Lost river is the first case of ‘river piracy’ in the modern era. Geologists say it has wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

How Will We Choose to Leave our Earth for Future Generations?

David Rothkopf sits down and speaks with one of FP’s Global Thinker Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dr. Jane Goodall.

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While Trump Tries to Turn Back the Clock, Europe Swears Off Coal

There's a thick black cloud swirling over King Coal's future.

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Habiba Azil, who is 9 month old and malnourished, is being checked by doctors inside the Garowe General Hopsital in the capital of Puntland.
Puntland is a semi autonomous state in northeastern Somalia.  The United Nations warns that half of the population of Somalia, about 6,2 million people, are affected by a drought in the Horn of Africa that could become a famine. During the last famine in 2011 over 250 000 people died.

Starvation Stalks the Horn of Africa

Images from the drought that's pushing Somalia back to the brink of famine.

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