The Great Debate

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

By Jack Goldstone
November 30, 2015
Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

These five ideas will either fix global warming or break the planet

By Julia Calderone
April 22, 2015
Small forest fires are pictured between pine trees at night at Sierra de Tejeda nature park, on a burnt mountain from El Collado mountain pass, near the town of Competa

Small forest fires are pictured between pine trees at night at Sierra de Tejeda nature park in southern Spain early June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

How Jerry Brown’s first California drought may help him address this one

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Douglas Jeffe
April 8, 2015
California Governor Brown speaks with reporters after casting his ballot at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office in Oakland

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks with reporters after casting his ballot in Oakland, California, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Noah Berger

The bill for climate change is coming due

By Richard Schiffman
March 27, 2014

Americans have just endured one of the coldest winters in memory, so global warming may not be on their radar. But a new U.N. panel report has just refocused the public debate on a problem some scientists call the greatest threat facing the world.