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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.

Joe Magee illustration for Foreign Policy

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.

A cattle farmer and director of the local wind farm talks with a regional historian on Aug. 8, 2013, on Pellworm Island, northern Germany, where a shift toward a zero-carbon future has been driven by locals, not energy companies.

The Public Can Solve Climate Change if We Let It

The most efficient way of spreading renewable energy? Getting local communities involved.

A gas flare from an oil well is seen near Williston, North Dakota, on Sept. 6, 2016.

The United States’ Gas Flare-Up

Why an environmental and economic problem that was on the decline is back with a vengeance.

Who Will Save the Planet?

Meet five unlikely saviors of Earth's climate crisis.

Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

Greta Thunberg attends the Youth for Climate march in Brussels on Feb. 21.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute. John Francis Peters

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

A wind farm in Jacobsdorf, Germany, on Feb. 27. PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

Climate Change Requires Big Solutions. But Baby Steps Are the Only Way to Go.

Dramatic projects to mitigate global warming often don’t work. Slow, quiet, incremental policies are the planet’s best hope.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

Ursula von der Leyen speaks at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on July 16.

Ursula von der Leyen’s Big Promises for Europe

A transcript of the nominee’s remarks at the European Parliament plenary session.

A tea plantation worker shows off plucked tea leaves in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka on Feb. 5.

Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka

As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry.

Protesters wave flags during a rally near the Bourj Hammoud landfill north of Beirut on Aug. 16, 2017.

Greetings From Trash Mountain

Lebanon is replacing its famed peaks with ones made of trash. Its population’s health—and pocketbooks—are suffering.

A Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons poster from the 1980s.

Nuclear Disarmament’s Lessons for Climate Change.

If we can ban nukes, we can ban carbon emissions. Here’s how.

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