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April 12, 2021

Energy and Environment
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.

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.

April 5, 2021

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sit at a table in a hotel conference room, facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, with U.S. and Chinese flags in the background, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

April 1, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

March 29, 2021

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.

Nurse Jalissa Hurd comforts the 111 year-old Bernice Bohannon by gently holding her hands following her COVID-19 vaccination, at the IU Health Neuroscience Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 16, 2021.

March 22, 2021

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.

Large white geotextile sheets cover northern Italy's Presena glacier in order to delay snow melting on skiing slopes and reflect sunlight during summer months, at Passo del Tonale, near Trento, Italy on July 13, 2020.

March 15, 2021

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.

A trevally chases fusiliers near Malaysia's Lankayan Island, located in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion, in the state of Sabah near Borneo on January 9, 2004.

March 8, 2021

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?

A single anti-Thai government protester stands in front of a line of police, throwing a liquid during a clash with riot police after protesters showed up at a rally for Myanmar's democracy outside the embassy, in Bangkok, Thailand on February 1, 2021.

March 1, 2021

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.

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan on October 28, 2010.

February 22, 2021

Climate Change
How Biden Can Embrace Environmental Stewardship

The dramatic loss of global biodiversity poses a grave threat to humanity. The Biden administration has two golden opportunities to embrace environmental stewardship. 

Surrounded by lush jungle, a ray of light shines down through the trees on a tourist guide searching for monkeys with binoculars at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios. The park one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.

February 16, 2021

Democracy
Trump Still Casts a Shadow Over Biden’s Pro-Democracy Ambitions

The rationale behind Biden’s democracy summit is not idealistic but deeply realistic. It reflects a conviction that a world order based on a core of resilient democracies is likely to be a safer, mor…

A Capitol police officer stands behind a large black fence with the Capitol off in the distance, securing the area ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2021.