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The Amazon rain forest, bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, is pictured in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso state in western Brazil on October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

The ‘30x30’ Campaign to Save the Biosphere

To preserve a stable biosphere, scientists believe humanity must protect 30 percent of the Earth by 2030, and ideally half of the planet by midcentury. Read More

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda
The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.
Global Governance
A Concert of Powers Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come—and Gone
A global concert of major powers has undeniable attraction as a potential deus ex machina in our age of global turbulence. But its elegant simplicity is a mirage.
Climate Change
The Climate Challenge and China's Belt and Road Initiative
BRI's fossil fuel investments will make combatting climate change more difficult. The U.S. needs to offer developing nations an alternative means of acquiring clean energy.
  • Infectious Diseases
    Four Lessons From a Painful Pandemic Year
    The pandemic has taught us many harsh lessons. After such a painful year, we can’t forget them.
  • Climate Change
    Geoengineering Is Coming, Whether It’s Governed or Not
    Some deployment of geoengineering is inescapable. The world urgently needs to begin crafting strong principles and rules for geoengineering's collective governance.
  • Climate Change
    An Internationalism that Protects: Why We Need to Reboot the Baruch Plan for Geoengineering
    New planet-changing geoengineering technology is available to help humanity combat an existential security threat. However, like atomic fission, this technology is not to be jumped at without caution.
  • Global Governance
    Bringing the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty Into Port
    The high seas are poorly governed. Ratifying the proposed high seas pact would plug this gaping hole and help preserve the future of life on nearly half of the planet.
  • Trade
    Europe and the Prospects for WTO Reform
    The United States should recognize, and attempt to seize, the opportunity on WTO Appellate Body reform being offered by the European Union.
  • Democracy
    Democracy Is Down, but Not Out
    Fewer than 20 percent of the globe’s inhabitants now live in a “free” country today. What might be done to reverse the autocratic tide?
  • Climate Change
    It’s Long Past Time for the U.S. to Ratify the ‘Treaty of Life’
    Bold U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever to address the biodiversity crisis. The Biden administration should submit the UN biodiversity convention to the Senate for ratification.