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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.
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    An Annual Check-Up for the Climate Movement

    May Boeve assesses patient Earth after a year of energy crises, natural disasters, and landmark global summits.
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    The Fuel of the Future

    Jörg Haas thinks that changing the way gas is produced is crucial to achieving net-zero emissions.
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    Is It Time to Give Up on 1.5°C?

    Michael Spence questions the value of clinging to an aspirational climate target that is becoming more remote by the day.
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    What Does the World Need to Achieve Sustainable, Inclusive Growth?

    Sven Smit, et al. propose measures to build an inclusive economy through greater productivity and innovation.
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    Can Italy Resist Fossil-Fuel Nostalgia?

    Gianluca Ruggieri laments the intergenerational conflict threatening the country’s energy transition.
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    Who’s Ready to Fight Plastic Pollution?

    Olga Speranskaya & Alexandra Caterbow lament the meager results achieved at the United Nations’ first international meeting to address the problem.
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    From Climate Justice to Climate Liability

    Nick Butler explains why the importance of the COP27 "loss and damage" agreement should not be underestimated.
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    The Debt-Climate Nexus

    María Fernanda Espinosa, et al. suggest how the developed world can help low- and middle-income countries avoid a liquidity crisis.

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The participation of developing-country media and commentators in the Sustainability Now initiative is supported in part by The Open Society Foundations.

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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
  9. wagner16_ Leon NealGetty Images_nuclear fusion FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

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