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August 16, 2022

Climate Change
Why the UN Is Taking on Plastic Pollution

The United Nations is fast-tracking discussions that aim to forge an international agreement to curb plastic waste, one of the most pervasive and hazardous environmental pollutants.

August 17, 2022

Climate Change
What the Historic U.S. Climate Bill Gets Right and Gets Wrong

The Inflation Reduction Act promises the largest investment in climate action in U.S. history—$370 billion—and could lead to significant emissions reductions over the next decade.  

September 8, 2022

Health
U.S. Life Expectancy Is in Decline. Why Aren’t Other Countries Suffering the Same Problem?

COVID-19 is contributing to a dramatic decline in the average lifespan of Americans. The drop-off is canceling out decades of public health gains and stretching the gap between the United States and …

August 24, 2022

United States
How Does U.S. Voter Turnout Compare to the Rest of the World’s?

The debate over how to address persistently low voter turnout is heating up ahead of the midterm elections.

September 17, 2021

European Union
Merkel’s Legacy and the Future of Germany

With Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down after sixteen years in office, the leadership of Germany, and the EU, is wide open. What is Merkel’s legacy, and what comes next?

June 14, 2022

United States
How Is Biden Handling DACA?

The Obama-era policy protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation has faced a raft of legal challenges. It could be up to the Supreme Court to decide the program’s fate.

May 4, 2022

El Salvador
Why Has Gang Violence Spiked in El Salvador?

El Salvador’s homicide rate plummeted in recent years, but a spate of killings has drawn attention to President Nayib Bukele’s controversial approach to tackling gang violence.

May 17, 2022

Colombia
Colombia’s 2022 Presidential Election: What to Know

Colombia’s election could deliver the country’s first left-wing president, an outcome with the potential to transform Bogota’s approaches to economic policy, peace negotiations, and foreign relations…

August 5, 2021

Climate Change
Why NOAA Matters for U.S. Climate Policy

The federal agency tasked with weather forecasting and research has played a growing role in climate policy, but also faced controversy during the Trump administration. What does NOAA do?

March 8, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
How Israel’s Pegasus Spyware Stoked the Surveillance Debate

Israel reportedly used NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware as a diplomatic bargaining chip, and its misuse by many governments has intensified the bigger debate about surveillance technology.