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Oceans at Risk

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Climate change, pollution, overfishing, and increasing demand for resources are only a few of the hazards jeopardizing the health of the world's oceans and marine ecosystems. What must be done to move ocean conservation to the top of the global policy agenda?

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  1. A Year of Ocean Regeneration
    Ocean wave

    A Year of Ocean Regeneration

    Feb 23, 2016 Isabella Lövin, et al. hope that growing awareness of the challenges facing our oceans translates into effective action.

  2. Somalia’s New Pirates
    Fish skeleton.

    Somalia’s New Pirates

    Oct 27, 2015 Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urges the international community to help Somalia combat illegal fishing.

  3. Ending Rogue Fishing
    Fish in a bucket.

    Ending Rogue Fishing

    Oct 5, 2015 Maria Damanaki, et al. call for closer collaboration among the US, the EU, and Japan to combat illicit operators.

  4. A Fish Called Development
    Lung fish.

    A Fish Called Development

    Oct 1, 2015 Oby Ezekwesili, et al. urge leaders to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO meeting in December.

  5. Islam, Faith, and Climate Change
    Muslim women in hijab Asim Bharwani/Flickr

    Islam, Faith, and Climate Change

    Sep 22, 2015 Noor Al Hussein highlights the principle of environmental stewardship that all major religions teach.

  6. China and the Deep Blue Sea
    sparkly islands land reclamation project Tonglian/ZumaPress

    China and the Deep Blue Sea

    Sep 8, 2015 James Borton & Nguyen Chu Hoi emphasize the environmental impact of Chinese land reclamation efforts in the Spratly Islands.

  1. watkins29_Luis AlvarengaGetty Images_brazilfoodprogram Luis Alvarenga/Getty Images

    How the G20 Could Help Eliminate Hunger and Extreme Poverty

    Kevin Watkins urges the group’s members to harness their economic and political power to advance shared development targets.
  2. bildt125_SERGEI SUPINSKYAFP via Getty Images_ukraine Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

    A Hillbilly Elegy for Ukraine and the West

    Carl Bildt considers the disastrous implications of US vice-presidential nominee J.D. Vance’s worldview.
  3. zizek33_CRISTINA ALDEHUELAAFP via Getty Images_agbogbloshie Cristina Aldehuela/AFP via Getty Images

    We Are All Biomass

    Slavoj Žižek sees our shared environmental predicament as a stronger basis for solidarity than appeals to compassion.
  4. Kurz_Say-More_NanoStockk-via-GettyRF Kurz_Say-More_NanoStockk-via-GettyRF

    Mordecai Kurz on market power, Big Tech, antitrust, and more

    Mordecai Kurz explains how technology firms abuse patent law to establish and preserve monopolies, criticizes the US Supreme Court’s approach to market power, sheds light on the relationship between innovation and inequality, and more.
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    Biden Rejects the Drug of Power

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Joe Biden's decision to drop out of the presidential race reflects a humility that is far more likely to be found among democratic leaders than authoritarians. But as Donald Trump has shown – with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his vow to be a dictator “on day one” – such humility is never guaranteed.

    praises the US president for stepping aside to let a younger candidate take over.
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    Impunity for Authoritarians Fuels Political Violence

    Maciej Kisilowski explains why allowing corrupt leaders to evade justice can stoke public fear and discontent.
  7. lalwani2_SAID KHATIBAFP via Getty Images_journalism SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images

    As Disinformation Thrives, Democracy Dies

    Nishant Lalwani, et al. argue that increased aid for independent media is necessary to defend press freedom in the developing world.
  8. lcarvalho1_Ton MolinaNurPhoto via Getty Images_lulaclimatechange Ton Molina/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    The Dead Hand of Neoliberalism Is Blocking Green Growth

    Laura Carvalho sees rich countries pursuing industrial strategies while poorer countries are prevented from following suit.
  9. haass169_Brandon BellGetty Images_harris Brandon Bell/Getty Images

    Will the Democrats Win After Biden’s Withdrawal?

    Richard Haass

    US President Joe Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race has revived the Democrats’ chances of victory. Given the profound differences between the two parties, it is difficult to exaggerate just how much is at stake when Americans vote this November.

    explains how the new Democratic nominee could get out from under the shadow of an unpopular president.

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