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Sustainable development news and analysis from The Nation
May 16, 2017
How China Is Building the Post-Western World
Beijing’s Belt and Road project may be the largest single infrastructure program in human history.
November 22, 2016
There’s a Right Way—and a Wrong Way—for Cities to Mitigate Climate Change
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers came together to initiate community-labor partnerships to decide on how they wanted their city to be made more resilient.
July 19, 2016
Outspoken British Olympian on Brexit, Rio, and the Perils of Speaking Out
Laurence Halsted shows that being an athlete doesn’t mean checking your conscience at the door.
July 14, 2016
Bad News: We’re Actually Using More Fossil Fuels Than Ever
Renewable forms of energy are growing far faster than anyone expected. But so is the use of oil, coal, and natural gas.
Michael T. Klare
April 14, 2016
A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World
But first the two movements will have to rediscover their shared roots in a fundamental critique of an economy and a society that value things more than lives.
James Gustave Speth
J. Phillip Thompson III
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December 14, 2015
Natural Resources Were Supposed to Make Afghanistan Rich. Here’s What’s Happening to Them.
Traveling to Logar Province reveals unmanageable violence and co-optation by foreign companies.
December 9, 2015
How Climate Change Will Transform Work
Workers in the Global South need more than wind turbines and high-brow organic farms—they need livelihoods that can mitigate ecological crisis.
December 8, 2015
How to Get Rid of Your Landlord and Socialize American Housing, in 3 Easy Steps
Homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing.
Jesse A. Myerson
October 27, 2015
What’s It Like Growing Old in the New Economy?
Danish architect Deane Simpson explores this vexing question in his book
Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society.
Matthew Shen Goodman
October 20, 2015
How a Gentrification Scam Threatens New York’s Community Gardens
Shady developers know one easy way to build luxury condos: Claim ownership of communal land.