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Vehicles make their way amid heavy smog conditions in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 17.
Vehicles make their way amid heavy smog conditions in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 17.

How Lahore Became the World’s Most Polluted Place

Unprecedented smog in the “city of gardens” comes from a confluence of familiar factors.

A student holds a plant during a national campaign for the reforestation of El Salvador at Walter Thilo Deininger National Park near San Salvador, El Salvador, on June 5, 2017.
A student holds a plant during a national campaign for the reforestation of El Salvador at Walter Thilo Deininger National Park near San Salvador, El Salvador, on June 5, 2017.
A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.
A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.

Small Farms, Big Pollution

Don’t abandon big agriculture, make it work (even) better.

Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.
Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.

Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water

With supplies running out, water security could be the issue that finally makes the region’s countries work together.

Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.
Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.

Venezuela’s Maduro Should Be Tried for Ecocide

His government’s blatant disregard for the environment is defining a new international crime.

Steam rises from the chimneys of a coal-fired power plant in Roggendorf, Germany, on Nov. 8, 2019.
Steam rises from the chimneys of a coal-fired power plant in Roggendorf, Germany, on Nov. 8, 2019.

Yes, We Can Get Rid of the World’s Dirtiest Fuel

Signs of coal’s demise are everywhere, but the world needs a better plan to phase out thousands of coal power plants still in use.

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

A protester holds up a poster depicting the Earth as a crying eye during a demonstration in Berlin on March 22. (Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester holds up a poster depicting the Earth as a crying eye during a demonstration in Berlin on March 22. (Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.

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