A Scan of Critical World Developments
Global fleets overfishing the African coast are devastating ecosystems and economies.
Famines loom in a distracted world.
Donald Trump aims to crush momentum on climate.
Past progress could be thwarted by climate change, conflict, and water scarcity.
A new revolution is afoot in China—toward global climate leadership.
Why eating better is healthier for the planet, too.
Eight billionaires are richer than half the world's population put together.
Despite all the political setbacks, 2016 was not without positive news. Take, for example, the continued surge of renewable energy. Notably, the cost of solar energy has dropped so much that it is now, on average, the cheapest option across a group of 58 emerging markets, including China, India, and Brazil....
Upon the anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate conference, it is increasingly clear that gradual, non-binding action conflicts with the rapid, binding processes of nature. The findings of a new study in Nature underscore this striking mismatch between political change and climate change. The study, co-authored by 50 scientists from around the world, documents a powerful climate feedback that could bedevil current efforts to combat global warming....
The election of business mogul Donald Trump as US president may have come as a shock, but it was by no means a unique occurrence. In many places, illiberal politics have been on the rise in reaction to recession, austerity, mass migration, terrorism, and the displacements of market-driven globalization....