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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Agreement, with his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson on his lap and U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon looking on.

4 Ways to Cross the Paris Agreement Finish Line

What will it take to make the Paris Agreement legally binding? Eliza Northrop, an international environmental lawyer focused on the design and implementation of the Paris Agreement, shares her predictions.

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Are Megacities the New World Order?

This quest to redefine urbanization, and to build and redesign ‘smart cities,’ may already be over. It is clear megacities — 40 or so giant urban centers — will run the world within a decade. But can they be sustained?

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Against the Grain: Expanding Rural Health Care in a Climate of Closure

Approximately 17 percent of Americans live in a non-metropolitan, or rural, areas. Compared to their urban counterparts, residents of rural areas are older and sicker. Rural residents who live past middle age are more likely to suffer from heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes than their urban counterparts. But new service offerings are working to close the gap.

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Inaction on Climate Change Leaves Millions of Pensions at Risk Worldwide

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project, the mission of which is to shield the owners of assets such as securities, stocks and bonds from climate change risks, recently released its Global Climate 500 index. And for those who believe climate change poses risks to investors’ portfolios, the results are not pretty.

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Partnerships and Policy: Shaping the Future of Water Together

For decades, water scarcity was fiercely debated; today, we recognize it as an unfortunate and permanent reality. Advancing policy, technology and collaboration are the only ways to build a more sustainable and secure water future.

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Mobility in a Net-Zero World

Prominent thought leaders discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and mobility in a net-zero world.

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Our national and state roads, dams, bridges, and airports are in such disrepair that they’ve even garnered the attention of this year’s presidential candidates. Yet none seem to have a comprehensive answer as to how to come up with the $3 trillion that engineers say it will take to upgrade our national infrastructure. The problem, says author Parag Khanna, isn’t that it can’t be done, but that we aren’t thinking big enough.

Edward Murrow on a television news set in 1953.

Toward Stewardship of Civil Public Discourse

The essence of good citizenship is a civil public discourse. Unless we all participate as stewards of this public discourse, the continuing degradation of this domain threatens the peace and stability of our society.

A Stupa in the village of Khumjung, Nepal, is visibly damaged after the earthquake of 2015.

A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step in and fill the gaps. REI Adventures provides a case study on public-private partnership in the wake of disaster.