Politics

Associated Press

Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 out of Every 8 Deaths in the World

It's the single largest environmental health risk today.

Reuters

Why China's Cities Need to Get Denser, Not Bigger

If Guangzhou had the same density as Seoul, it could accommodate another 4 million more people on top of its current 15 million.

Reuters

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides More Common

More intense rainstorms will make follow-on events like flooding and landslides much more common.

Next Economy

Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More'

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combatting economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

Reuters

A Tour of the Eerie Villages France Never Rebuilt After WWI

After the Battle of Verdun left hundreds of thousands dead, the towns-turned-battlefields sat empty out of respect.

Associated Press

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

Reuters

Crimea Is Causing a Minor Crisis for Cartographers

How should maps refer to disputed territories?

Associated Press

How the Police Describe the Rob Ford Crack Video

The Toronto mayor's never-ending saga.

Reuters

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person.

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Why a Brand-New $10 Million Library Has Been Sitting Empty for Months

One unfortunate outcome of California doing away with redevelopment agencies.

Reuters

Crimea's Controversial Election Day

According to officials, nearly 97 percent of the ethnically diverse peninsula voted yesterday to secede from Ukraine.

Reuters

China's Urbanization Drive Will Leave 200 Million Chinese Without Benefits

The "people-centered" plan has some serious flaws.

Tommy Wells for Mayor

Why D.C.'s Police Union Endorsed a Marijuana Reformer

Cops want to get paid, too. 

REUTERS

How to Measure Heroin Use When No One Will Admit to Using Heroin

And why we may soon not be able to measure it at all. 

Reuters

The Changing Face of Italy, As Seen in One Small Town

A pro-immigration mayor has made Riace a symbol of Southern Italy's future.

Bryce Hall/Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

A Big Legal Blow to the Rails-to-Trails Movement

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could endanger thousands of America's recreational trails.

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Tokyo's Carbon Market for Office Buildings Is All 'Cap' and Not Much 'Trade'

The success of the world's first city-level carbon-trading system hasn't had much to do with emissions trading.

Reuters

Near Fukushima, a Generation of Kids Who Don't Play Outside

The fear of cancer from radiation exposure has led to a new set of problems for young families.

REUTERS

The Real Reason New York Police Unions Are Waffling on Stop-and-Frisk

And why they're not likely to get everything they want.