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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. fischer215_Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu via Getty Images_tel aviv iran attack Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images

    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer

    The escalating war in the Middle East must be understood in a broader context. The fact that the Iranian regime felt emboldened to risk a direct strike on Israel attests to a changing world order in which Western power is increasingly open to challenge.

    considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
  2. nyirinkindi1_ISAAC KASAMANIAFP via Getty Images_women phone fintech ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP via Getty Images

    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
  3. evans72_Alex WongGetty Images_palestine statehood Alex Wong/Getty Images

    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
  4. schiffrin10_Mark WilsonGetty Images_journalists Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
  5. wei60_MANJUNATH KIRANAFP via Getty Images_india population MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images

    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
  6. krake1_Celal GunesAnadolu via Getty Images_spring meetings Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images

    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
  7. redford1_Getty Images_earth conservation Getty Images

    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
  8. kuttab59_AFP via Getty Images_hamas war AFP via Getty Images

    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
  9. moreiradasilva2_JOHN WESSELSAFP via Getty Images_internally displaced mozambique JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images

    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.

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