The Great Debate

Why Russia and China may cheer for a President Donald Trump

February 26, 2016
Posters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen outside Trump's Nevada caucus night rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Posters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen outside Trump’s Nevada caucus night rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Five steps Obama can take before leaving office to stave off climate disaster

January 11, 2016
Vehicles pass a road as smog covers China's capital Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board to the right read, "low visibility, slow down". REUTERS/Jason Lee      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WLMT

Smog covers Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board read, “Low visibility, slow down.” REUTERS/Jason Lee

Will this be the catalyst for the next Holocaust?

December 9, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Timothy Snyder

We live in the shadow of World War Two and the Holocaust.

The U.S. Navy’s $500 million ship that’s ready for disaster in a warmer world

December 9, 2015
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The USNS Lewis B. Puller. COURTESY OF GENERAL DYNAMICS/NASSCO

Culturally, the U.S. military is a fairly conservative organization. But unlike many other conservative American institutions, the armed services harbor no doubt about arguably the most important issue in the world today — one that has drawn experts, advocates and leaders from all over the world to Paris for an historic conference.

What a climate deal means for oil markets

December 8, 2015
An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta September 1, 2005. Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina increased prices of high octane gasoline by more than 40 percent and hiked the prices of some other industry fuels on Thursday to catch up with the rising cost of crude oil. REUTERS/Beawiharta  BEA/PN - RTRM69Y

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta, September 1, 2005. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Why Syria is the canary in the coal mine for a new era of world conflict

December 1, 2015
Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. Idlib, around 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border is only the second provincial capital to slip from government hands after Raqqa in the east, which Islamic State has turned into its de facto capital. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTR4WA18

Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

The truth about car fleet standards: Your mileage may vary – a lot

November 30, 2015
Auto worker Sheri Thompson places the mileage sticker onto a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu being manufactured at GM's Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1BIGH

Auto worker Sheri Thompson places the mileage sticker onto a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu being manufactured at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup – RTX1BIGH

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

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

The three gravest threats facing our world

October 18, 2015
Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens

Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water

August 7, 2015
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Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville