Environment

Report

Germany's Green Elephant

Berlin is saying "nein" to nukes, and trying to run Europe's largest economy on wind and solar instead. It's not quite working.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

You Can't Go Home Again

Is the Japanese government finally giving up on resettling Fukushima’s radioactive ghost town?

Eliza Strickland |

Argument

Exporting Climate Skepticism

Some of the most advanced countries in the world are increasingly rejecting climate change. But where did they get this idea? America, it seems.

Kate Galbraith |

Dispatch

Green Fades to Black

The Sochi Olympic Games spell the end of the rope for Russia's wilderness vigilantes.

Maria Antonova |

Slide Show

The Other Sochi

Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?

Mikhail Mordasov |

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Dispatch

Climate of Corruption

How a $50 million graft scandal is pushing Malawi even closer to environmental catastrophe.

Ty McCormick |

In Box

The Longitude of Latitude

Could rising temperatures hurt democracy?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

The List

The Stories You Missed in 2013

Six events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2014.

Ty McCormick |

Report

Can Europe Frack Itself to Energy Independence?

Europe wants to replicate America's shale gas boom. Will it succeed?

Keith Johnson |

Argument

China's Pollution Revolution

Could Beijing's coal addiction be its downfall?

Gal Luft |

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hazed and Confused

Meme watch: Citizens gird up as China endures severe smog.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Silver Linings Failbook

Chinese people do not think a state media article about "five surprising benefits" to deadly pollution is funny.

David Wertime |

Slide Show

The Desolation of Smog

60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.

J. Dana Stuster |

Putinology

In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Russia's activists are battered and demoralized. But not everyone has given up.

Anna Nemtsova |

Putinology

The People of the Pit

The peculiar tale of the Russian town that draws its livelihood from a carcinogenic mineral.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Why Is China Giving the Philippines the Cold Shoulder?

Embroiled in a nasty legal fight over the South China Sea, Beijing is putting Manila on notice -- even in the midst of tragedy.

David Bosco |

Slide Show

The Town with No Tomorrow

Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.

Prachi Vidwans |

Putinology

On the Edge of Siberia's Dark Blue Heart

Time has finally run out for the town of Baikalsk.

Anna Nemstova |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Putinology

The Ferocious Pirates of Greenpeace

Russia's decision to charge environmental activists with piracy sets an ominous precedent.

Anna Nemtsova |

In Box

Geoengineering: A Short History

How hacking the climate came to be seen as our least worst option for averting a global climate catastrophe.

Ty McCormick |

Letters

Ottawa Is No Caracas

Debating what it means to be a "rogue petrostate." 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Photo Essay

Kony 2013

As if the murderous LRA leader Joseph Kony weren’t bad enough, now he’s poaching elephants.

Kasper Agger |

Daniel Altman

The Case Against Socially Responsible Business

Want companies to invest in a better future for society? Keep them focused on their bottom lines.

Daniel Altman |

Putinology

Russia's Olympic City

Russia is pushing ahead with its projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics. But not everyone is happy.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Disease Next Door

How the world’s nastiest and least-known outbreaks are afflicting some of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Peter Hotez |

Argument

America Needs a Coast Guard That Can Fight

As the Arctic becomes an arena for conflict, the United States’ forgotten naval force will need to cowboy up.

James Holmes |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |