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The Mystery of China’s Glorious Green Dreams

Between Beijing’s soaring climate change agenda and its lackluster implementation lies a political paradox, and understanding it requires delving into the institutional constraints embedded in China’s climate and environmental politics at the local and national level.

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Achieving the Public Health Potential of COVID-19 Vaccines

Early evidence of success for a growing number of vaccine candidates is encouraging, but undue haste in vaccine approval is a threat to public health.

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Endless Industrial Policy

Declining to talk about industrial policies has not meant that the United States does not pursue them by other names and other means. It does mean that thoughtful approaches to industrial policy, supported by sound analysis, evidence-based reasoning, and vigorous open debate, have rarely been pursued.

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  • Using Technology to Protect Wildlife

    December 1, 2020

    Conservation biologists are teaming up with computer scientists to map the migratory routes of mule deer in the American West. Wildlife managers and policy-makers are using the information to help the animals circumvent human-made obstacles along their journeys. This success illustrates gains envisioned in Issues by a zoologist who calls for biological researchers to reach beyond their usual networks. By joining with experts from diverse fields—architecture, engineering, mathematics, medicine, robotics, and more—they can find novel technological tools for protecting biodiversity and ecosystem health.

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  • Who’s a Good Boy?

    November 25, 2020

    Many people are adopting dogs to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic, NPR reports, offering stories of new owners discovering how their canine companions “can be the unsung therapists of these difficult times.” But, a bioethicist asks in an Issues online exclusive, should pets be animal psychologists? Once the pandemic eases, many of these dogs may well be abandoned completely or left home alone for long stretches—a “crisis for dogs” that means humans “need to be attentive to what it is like for them as well as for ourselves.”

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  • How Many Have Died?

    November 5, 2020

    How many people in the United States have died from COVID-19? At the end of October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official tally passed 215,000, making COVID the nation’s third-leading… Read More
  • Can a Global NGO Make Digital Contact Tracing Work?

    October 22, 2020

    In the Geneva train station, Giovanni checked his pockets for the traveler’s three essentials: ID, wallet, and phone. Glancing at his phone, he noticed that the icon of his newly downloaded Italian… Read More
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