Environment

Scottish National Party Member of Parliament Ian Blackford joins celebrations marking five years since Scotland's independence referendum.

Scotland Could Leave the United Kingdom Over Brexit—and Green Energy

The debate over how to best marshal the country's alternative energy sources may affect a new independence referendum.

Jean Ghodjendji radios back to colleagues at an advance post during a foot patrol in Bamingui-Bangoran National Park in the Central African Republic while fellow rangers scan the forest on May 18.

Central Africa’s Rangers Are as Threatened as the Animals They Guard

Park staff struggle to protect the animals—and themselves—against poachers and militias.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaborone, Botswana, on Oct. 24, 2014.

It’s Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana

The country’s government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.

Brazilian soccer team fan, Giovanna Selena, from Brazil, flies her countries flag as she enjoys Copacabana beach while waiting for the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Don’t Scapegoat Brazil Over the Environment

International threats to forcibly protect the Amazon betray ignorance about the subtle art of diplomacy.

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.

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.

An activist holds a sign depicting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with the slogan “Exterminator of the Future,” during a protest about the fires in the Amazon rainforest in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 23.

Threats Worked in Brazil—and They Might Elsewhere, Too

Do the Amazon fires point the way for future international efforts to combat climate change?

A humpback whale spyhops off Rockaway Beach in New York City with the Empire State Building in the background on Sept. 23, 2013.

Take a Breath, Thank a Whale

Like the Amazon rainforest, the planet’s whales play crucial roles as carbon captors. That’s just one reason to save them.

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.

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The Amazon Is on Fire

Who lit the match, and who can put out the blaze?

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.

Bulls stand in a cattle feed lot in the Amazon near Chupinguaia, Rondônia state, Brazil, on June 28, 2017.

It Isn’t Too Late to Save the Brazilian Rainforest

Working with Brazil’s agricultural businesses could be the key to a healthier Amazon.

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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.

British soldiers on a Mark IV tank in 1918.

Today’s Environmental Crisis Was Created in 1919

The Paris Peace Conference set the stage for our oil-soaked global society.

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.

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