Thirsting for a Paris Deal in Timor Leste

Every morning in the sparsely populated region of Baguia, high in the mountains of Timor-Leste, women and children rise hours before dawn. They grab a couple of jugs and trek to the nearest spring, where they wait in line, in the dark. For water. They wait and...

The “Francis Effect” is Real

Pope Francis' visit to the USA in September helped convince Americans that climate change is real and deserves a public policy response. That is the conclusion of a new paper from Sarah Mills, Barry Rabe and Christopher Borick of the Brookings Institution b...

Can the Pope Sway Climate Diplomacy?

The Holy See is no stranger to politics, weighing in on issues of abortion, the death penalty, and human rights among many others. This week, at a meeting of religious leaders and dignitaries, Pope Francis took one more big step to inject the Catholic Church--...
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A Key Climate Change Deadline Passes

March 31 marked a key deadline in the global race to find a binding international agreement to confront climate change and its deleterious effects.  Every country in the world was expected to submit their own national climate action plan, known formally as the...