Editorial

  • In late 2008, James Hansen and nine colleagues published a paper designed to save the world. Years from now, when historians write the definitive history of the climate movement, they may well conclude that Hansen and his colleagues succeeded. For consider the remarkable impact to date of their paper, “Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should …

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Feature

Perspectives

On the Ground

Solutions in History

  • Upon taking office in January 2009, President Obama began tackling a host of economic problems plaguing the nation, foremost among them the loss of nearly 2 million jobs in 2008 and a stubborn unemployment rate that continued to hover at just under 10 percent far into the summer of 2010. To combat this unemployment emergency, […]

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Envision the Future

  • It’s the year 2100, the atmospheric CO2 level is subsiding back toward 350 parts per million (ppm), and the best is yet to come. Beset with a host of global problems just a century ago, our generation rose to the challenge. Here is our story. It was 2010. We were young people wobbling on the […]

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  • Let’s imagine for a moment that we’re at 2100, and the atmospheric CO2 level is slowly subsiding back toward 350, and the worst is over. Let’s try to figure out how we got there—reverse-engineer a century of halting but ultimately decisive progress. The first decision, clearly, was the most important. In 2011, after 22 years […]

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Interview

Media Review

  • In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen declares, “I believe the biggest obstacle to solving global warming is the role of money in politics.” Subtitled The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, Hansen’s book is part science, part biography, and part diatribe against a …

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  • A new wave of mobile phone applications strives to do more than provide mindless amusement; instead, these apps help users take the first steps in effecting positive social change. For example, the iPhone app GoodGuide lets you scan the barcode of a product and immediately access its ratings regarding health and environmental and social …

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  • Design for the Other 90%, a traveling exhibition of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, is bringing creative design to the people who need it most. Divided into six focus areas—shelter, health, water, education, energy, and transport—the exhibit is the brainchild of a global community of designers, engineers, academics, architects, and …

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  • One of the newest ways to take climate change seriously is to play a game. Recently released by Princeton University, the Stabilization Wedges Game challenges players to take on a changing climate and set the course for a sustainable global energy future. Worldwide, human societies will emit another 200 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) …

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  • Famously instructed to follow the money, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually uncovered Watergate, one of America’s great presidential scandals. Richard Nixon has since disappeared from the political scene. Money has not. OpenSecrets.org, a nonpartisan website established and maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics, provides a …

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Noteworthy

  • Britain’s coalition government has struck down efforts to expand Heathrow Airport—one of the world’s busiest—from two runways to three. This unexpected curtailment applies as well to the smaller, nearby airports, Gatwick and Stansted. According to a recent interview with Theresa Villiers, Britain’s minister of state for transport, the expected …

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  • In 2005, the world passed a threshold: the United Nations estimated, that for the first time in history, more than half of the human population lived in cities. Only a century ago, four out of five people lived outside of urban areas, many of them growing their own food. This shift away from the farm […]

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  • New Orleans is arguably the site of America’s first large-scale battle with climate change. Around the world, people don’t believe in climate change because of scientific consensus, they believe in it because they can see it happening around them. According to the Red Cross, climate refugees currently outnumber war refugees worldwide. In the …

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  • Sanjeev Arora, a physician at the University of New Mexico and one of the few hepatitis C specialists in the state, has extended high quality medical care to New Mexico’s chronically underserved rural areas. In 2004, he created Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telemedicine and distance-learning program that links …

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