A maintenance worker at solar farm in Zacoalco de Torres, Mexico.

Global emissions have soared by two-thirds in the three decades since international climate talks began. To make the reductions required, what’s needed is a new approach that creates incentives for leading countries and industries to spark transformative technological revolutions.

By David G. Victor

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    As Climate Risks Worsen, U.S. Flood Buyouts Fail to Meet the Need

    The U.S. approach to buying out properties vulnerable to flooding is rife with uncertainty and delays. Now, as climate change drives more extreme coastal storms and precipitation events, the system must undergo a drastic overhaul or risk stranding millions in flood-prone homes.

    By Rob Moore

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    How Thawing Permafrost Is Beginning to Transform the Arctic

    The frozen layer of soil that has underlain the Arctic tundra for millennia is now starting to thaw. This thawing, which could release vast amounts of greenhouse gases, is already changing the Arctic landscape by causing landslides, draining lakes, and altering vegetation.

    By Ed Struzik

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    Long Shaped By Fire, Australia Enters a Perilous New Era

    Australia has always been a dry continent where fire has played an important ecological role. But the latest massive conflagrations there are evidence that a hotter climate has thrust Australia into a new normal where fires will keep burning on an unprecedented scale.

    By Fred Pearce

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Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

By Jim Robbins

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The Llano River, as it cuts through the Edwards Plateau northwest of Austin.

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A River Worth Saving: Who Will Protect the Unheralded Llano?

The Llano River is an ecological gem in Texas Hill Country, supporting dozens of native and rare plants and animals. But due to weak state environmental protections, the Llano — along with other waterways in Texas — is increasingly facing pressure from industry and development.

By Austin Price

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