In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.
How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left
Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.
The World’s Next Energy Bonanza
Even more than fracking, tapping oceanic methane hydrates could soon upend the global energy landscape.
10 Important Stories You Might Have Missed in 2019
China’s designs in space, a drought crisis in southern Africa, and other stories you may have missed during this year’s chaotic and nonstop news cycle.
Return to the Rat Hole
Coal mining has been reopened in the Indian state of Meghalaya, but it isn’t clear that government protections will improve life for workers or help the environment.
5 Charts That Help Explain the State of the Environment in 2019
The world is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change, but politicians are finally starting to pay attention.
Green Deal, Greener World
Unlike the U.S. Democrats’ Green New Deal, the European Union’s version is technically feasible. Because of that, it could do much more to pave the way for future environmental gains.
After Brazil’s Summer of Fire, the Militarization of the Amazon Remains
Bolsonaro sent the troops to put out the flames, but now they may be looking to other enemies.
Climate Change Is Coming for Global Trade
As sea levels rise and storms become fiercer, container shipping could be in for major disruptions.
River of the Dammed
Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
Brazil’s Amazon—and Its Defenders—Are Under Attack From Illegal Loggers
The killing of an indigenous forest guardian is only the latest incident in a pattern of impunity with consequences far beyond Brazil’s borders.
Is the United States Really Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement?
Yes, but the process takes a long time. Final withdrawal will occur one day after the 2020 election—but Washington may still be able to get back in.
Trump Can’t Save Coal Country
With eight bankruptcies in the last year—the latest this week—coal is in deep trouble again, and that could spell trouble for Trump in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t Scapegoat Brazil Over the Environment
International threats to forcibly protect the Amazon betray ignorance about the subtle art of diplomacy.
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.
The Limits of Clean Energy
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.