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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
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    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.

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    Debunking Solar Geoengineering

    Lili Fuhr argues that solar geoengineering is no substitute for phasing out fossil fuels.
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    What China’s Zero-COVID Drama Foreshadows

    Nancy Qian thinks the recent protests – and the government's response – point to a broader political challenge.
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    The Double Transformation

    Diane Coyle urges antitrust regulators to update their thinking to accommodate the net-zero transition.
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    Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights

    Gareth Evans

    Around the world, indicators of the strength of democracy and the protection of human rights have been falling, even in countries that have long championed such values. But while pessimists have the wind at their back, optimists still have the stronger argument.

    offers eight principles to guide advocates as they try to put progress back on track.
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    The Zero-COVID Revolution?

    After tens of thousands of Chinese took to the streets in cities throughout the country, China’s government has begun to loosen pandemic restrictions. But, while an exit from the controversial zero-COVID policy was long overdue, the path ahead is strewn with pitfalls, and hopes for a sustained wave of Chinese popular resistance are likely misplaced.

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    What US Leadership Can Do for Nature

    Russ Feingold shows how America can contribute to conservation despite its failure to ratify the biodiversity convention.
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    The Global Climate-Finance Challenge

    Vera Songwe, et al. show how to mobilize the funding developing countries will need to avert the worst effects of global warming.
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    All Pain and No Gain from Higher Interest Rates

    Joseph E. Stiglitz explains why the current demand-focused approach to taming inflation is all wrong.
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.

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