Climate Change

Foreign Affairs Article

A Light in the Forest

Author: Jeff Tollefson

Since 1988, Brazilians have cleared more than 153,000 square miles of Amazonian rain forest, devastating the environment and driving global climate change forward ever faster. Recently, however, Brazil has changed its course, reducing the rate of deforestation by 83 percent since 2004. At the same time, it has become a test case for a controversial international climate-change prevention strategy that places a monetary value on the carbon stored in forests.

See more in Brazil; Climate Change; Forests and Land Management

Foreign Affairs Article

The Other Climate Changers

Authors: Jessica Seddon Wallack and Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Little attention has been given to reducing emissions of the light-absorbing particles known as "black carbon" or the gases that form ozone--even though doing so would be easier and cheaper and have a more immediate effect.

See more in Climate Change; Pollution

Foreign Affairs Article

The Geoengineering Option

Authors: David G. Victor, M. Granger Morgan, Jay Apt, John D. Steinbruner, and Katharine Ricke

As climate change accelerates, policymakers may have to consider "geoengineering" as an emergency strategy to cool the planet. Engineering the climate strikes most as a bad idea, but it is time to start taking it seriously.

See more in Environmental Policy; Climate Change

Analysis Brief

How Green is Thy Stimulus?

Author: Toni Johnson

The idea of creating green jobs drew great attention as the stimulus package made its way through Congress. Defining those jobs is difficult, however, and economists say many may simply displace existing jobs in the old carbon-based economy.

See more in United States; Labor; Climate Change