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May 28, 2024

Elections and Voting
Ailing Democracy and Declining Women’s Representation: How They Are Related and What to Do About It

Annual reports on the health of democracy this year reaffirmed an ongoing trend of decline, which has occurred alongside a less heralded but related stalling of women’s political participation. Given…

A woman leaves after casting her vote at a polling station during the sixth phase of the general election, in New Delhi, India, May 25, 2024.

May 22, 2024

Election 2024
European Tech Law Faces Test to Address Interference, Threats, and Disinformation in 2024 Elections

The European Union (EU) began implementing the Digital Services Act (DSA) this year, just in time to combat online disinformation and other electoral interference in the dozens of elections taking pl…

Pin badges encouraging people to vote in June's European Parliament elections are placed at the Malta office information stand during a conference at the European Parliament, in Rabat, Malta May 22, 2024.

May 8, 2024

Energy and Environment
The Push to Conserve 30 Percent of the Planet: What’s at Stake?

See how six countries are faring amid efforts to protect 30 percent of the planet’s land and waters by 2030, and what will be saved if they succeed. 

A monastery sits in between tree-covered mountains.

May 8, 2024

RealEcon
In Economic Security, Trade-Offs Abound

Policymakers face complex cost-benefit considerations when intervening in the market to mitigate perceived risks, from climate change to competition with China.

(L-R) European Council President Charles Michel, Italy's Primer Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose for the family photo during a visit to the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island as part of the G7 Leaders' Summit, on May 19, 2023.

March 22, 2024

Climate Change
How Big a Climate Threat Are Atmospheric Rivers?

Atmospheric rivers are gaining in intensity across California and the western United States. Communities need to adapt to the havoc wrought by this weather phenomenon.

A brown river threatens to overflow alongside a highway.

December 13, 2023

Climate Change
Did the COP28 Summit Give a Boost to Renewable Energy Plans?

Leaders at the UN climate meeting in Dubai signaled a crucial pivot away from fossil fuel use, but significant hurdles remain for a speedy transition to emission-free energy.

An employee connects solar cells at a manufacturing plant in Oragadam, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Currently, Coal powers 70 percent of India’s electricity generation.

November 20, 2023

India
The Future of the IMEC Hinges on a Stable West Asia

This multi-state project could establish India, instead of China, as the Asian authority on trade. However, Delhi’s track record on economic corridors is mixed.

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official visit to Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2023.

November 8, 2023

China
Can a Summit Ease U.S.-China Tensions?

On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, a rare in-person meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will provide an opportunity to put a range…

U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in 2022.

October 26, 2023

Climate Change
Climate Finance Gains Momentum Ahead of COP28

Countries will collectively need to spend trillions of dollars to reach their decarbonization goals and protect the most vulnerable nations from climate disasters, but experts say current funding lev…

September 18, 2023

Climate Change
The Energy Transition Is Fueling a Power Transition

Gender equality is a crucial missing piece of the climate puzzle. If governments want a fighting chance of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and shifting to renewable energy, they must give women mor…

Women collect vegetables from a farm in Keraniganj, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 12, 2022.