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climate change



  • The U.S. Should Look to Cuba for Hurricane Mitigation

    by Mikael Wolfe

    Despite the comparatively meager resources available in the island nation, Cuba's civil defense systems, developed during the Cold War, have been remarkably successful in mitigating mass death and displacement from hurricanes. 



  • What if the Coronavirus Crisis Is Just a Trial Run?

    by Adam Tooze

    The disjointed and haphazard global response to the COVID pandemic bodes poorly for the world's capacity for coordinated action to face inevitable crisies in the near future. The problem isn't a lack of means but a lack of commitment to collective action.



  • Uncovering and Protecting the Black History of Nantucket

    by Tiya Miles

    "Although the Black community of New Guinea has passed into history, its mark on the landscape remains, a reminder that Nantucket was once a place of working-class ingenuity and Black daring."



  • Hurricane Ida Shows the Climate Dystopia Ahead for All of Us

    by Andy Horowitz

    "Structural problems need structural solutions. Don’t give charity to Louisiana because it’s unique. Demand that Congress take meaningful action, because Louisiana is not unique, and you may be next."



  • Chicago Versus Lake Michigan

    The history of Chicago is defined by efforts to tame water for navigation, sanitation, and drinking. Climate change is raising the stakes of that battle. 



  • Warming is Clearly Visible in New US ‘Climate Normal’ Datasets

    by Russ Schumacher and Becky Bolinger

    Meteorologists and climatologists are already starting to incorporate these new normals into our work. But when you hear the term “normal,” keep in mind that it reflects a 30-year snapshot and represents a different reality today than it did 30, 60 or 100 years ago.


  • Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith

    by Philip Jenkins

    Temporary climate catastrophes have been an understudied contributor to changes in religious doctrine and practice throughout history. These episodes may preview spiritual and communal upheavals as climate change progresses.



  • Our Greatest Libraries are Melting Away

    by David Farrier

    Ice core samples from the Greenland shelf are a physical archive of the long sweep of human history, and demonstrate the connections of humanity's past and future. 


  • The Texas Weather and Power Catastrophe

    by HNN Staff

    The combination of severe winter storms and persistent cold and a deregulated energy supply system without compulsion to invest in winterization has left Texans without power, heat or drinking water for days. Senator Ted Cruz appears to have decamped to Cancun while politicians blame wind and solar power for frozen natural gas refineries.



  • "A Life on Our Planet" Provides Environmental Hope

    by Walter G. Moss

    Although the recent Netflix documentary on the global environment describes a grim present, it explains a path forward that is simple (if the political will can be found). 



  • Are We Living at the "Hinge of History"?

    Journalist Richard Fisher examines the argument that the present--this moment--is the most important juncture in human history because human capacity to affect the planet outstrips human wisdom to direct that capacity.



  • Why Hurricane Katrina Was Not a Natural Disaster

    by Nicholas Lemann

    Fifteen years ago, New Orleans was nearly destroyed. A new book by Tulane historian Andy Horowitz suggests that the cause was decades of bad policy—and that nothing has changed.