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Could We Soon Be Vaccinated for Dengue?

A jab by a doctor might soon protect us from Dengue fever.

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How to Keep Virginia From Sinking

Virginia is worsening its own climate change risks through inaction. Here’s how it can get back on track.

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We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it’s to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

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Canada’s Big, Ugly Environmental Problem

Our neighbor to the north’s once-celebrated record of environmental science research and climate change policy has been thoroughly turned on its head over the past decade. And tense negotiations over the Keystone XL pipeline may have damaged Canada’s relationship with the U.S.

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Americans Want Elected Leaders Who Act on Climate Change

Members of Congress who oppose climate action are out of touch with most American voters. But they are in touch with the noisy members of the misinformed Tea Party clan.

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The Ugly Cycle of Air Pollution and Climate Change

More warming in the atmosphere means more stagnant days—and that means worse air pollution.

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Designers Can Help Save the Planet

Why we need to encourage more artists and graphic designers to think about presenting our climate change problems in a visually compelling way.

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Glaciers’ Unforeseen Foe: Algae

The algae invading glaciers protect themselves from sunlight by turning red, a process that can dramatically increase melting.

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How Much Carbon Did You Emit Today?

New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

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Protect Coral Reefs and They Will Protect Us

Protecting the fish that graze among coral reefs could be one way to save ourselves from rising seas.

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Resistance to Climate Change Is Killing the Government’s Ability to Use Science

Legislative opposition to climate change isn’t just keeping us from having a proper conversation about the problem. It’s destroying our ability to act.

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How More Rain Will Worsen Water Woes

As snow becomes history, a smaller proportion of the planet’s precipitation will reach the streams that feed water reservoirs.

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The End of the Rain as We Know It

Say goodbye to that pleasant springtime drizzle. As the climate changes, get ready for more torrential downpours and more droughts.

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Why America Is Holding Back World Action on Climate Change

With a ton of land and plenty of weather variability, it will take much longer before a majority of the public feels the effects of extreme weather.

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Climate Change Will Make Your Commute a Nightmare

Extreme weather and rising seas are starting to wreak havoc on our transportation systems.

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Can Anyone Stop the Man Who Will Try Just About Anything to Put an End to Climate Change?

Most scientists oppose Russ George’s efforts to fix the world’s climate. But who’s going to do something about it?

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Oysters Might Be Able to Protect Us From Rising Seas

Scientists discovered that oyster reefs grow rapidly enough to match sea level rise. That could mean great news for flood prevention—if we can stop shucking.

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Better-Bred Crops Could Send Global Warming Out to Space

Scientists have used computer models to imagine a world where crops are specially bred to reflect away more light and heat, without compromising productivity.

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Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

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In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won’t anybody help them?

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The Gross Society: We’re Entering an Age of Energy Impoverishment

It’s hard to overstate just how serious a threat our energy crisis is to every aspect of our current way of life. But the problem is hidden from view by oil and natural gas production numbers that look and feel just fine.

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How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

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Speaking of Climate Change: Is It Time to Agree on a Language of Defeat?

We should continue to fight for new building codes and oppose the construction of new oil pipelines—and more ambitious projects still—but only because they offer hope and aspiration in the midst of despair, not because they will actually help at this point.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Google Intern and Ph.D. Student Who Wants to Focus Only on Questions That Matter

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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How Climate Change Will Affect Our Ancient Relationship With Our Most Important Grain

At a time when the worldwide wheat supply needs to grow, we might not even be able to keep it from diminishing.

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Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

Being a Couch Potato: Not So Bad After All?

For those who feel guilty about watching TV, a new study provides redemption.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014 fast-food-big-one

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