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Beijing's Air Quality Crisis May Have Had a Silver Lining

Typically, the Chinese press tries to put the best spin on Beijing's pollution. But  the national media covered "airpocalypse" with startling frankness.

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Online Classes Won't Fix America's Unequal Education System

The answer to underfunded primary and secondary education should not be a VC-funded bet foisted upon a disadvantaged population.

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9 Questions About Gun Violence That We May Now Be Able to Answer

We're going to get a windfall of gun research thanks to Obama's new policy. Here's what we want to know.

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Scenes From London's Fiery Helicopter Crash

Two people were killed after a copter collided with a construction crane and fell to the street in Central London.

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A Breakdown of What Exactly Is in Beijing's Filthy Air

Climate Desk lays out the contents of China's air pollution.

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Do Cities Really Take the Lead on Climate Change?

They may tend to adopt easier policies first, according to a new report.

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What We Can Learn From the Largest Gathering in Human History

This week, 30 million people will gather in Allahabad, India. Among them: Harvard scientists asking how on earth is an event of this size possible?

This Is What the Opposite of Gun Control Looks Like

In a planned community in Idaho, all teens would be required to carry loaded AR-15s.

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Beijing's Air Quality Catastrophe

Pollution has reached an all-time high, reminding us that China's economic growth has come at the cost of environmental disaster.

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Why New York's Sandy Commission Recommendations Matter

Climate adaptation policy remains pretty untested.

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It's Official: The Weather Is Extremely Insane Right Now

Extreme heat in Australia, snow in the Middle East.

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It's Lonely Trying to Convince Chinese Hospitals to Go Smoke Free

Dr. Dan Xiao battles attitudes toward tobacco that more closely resemble the U.S. of the 1940s or '50s.

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Climate Change Could Destroy San Francisco's Marshes

Thanks to rising seas, 95 percent of the city's marsh area could become mudflats by 2100.

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How Economic Segregation Spreads Crime Like a Virus

Integration is the best way to make our cities safer.

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A Sanitized Version of Urban Life in Guatemala's Capital

Critics worry Paseo Cayalá is a high-end refuge that will allow the wealthy to ignore the rest of the city.

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Diversity in the 113th Congress Looks Pathetic When You Plot It On a Map

Race and gender ratios in the U.S. House: Still terrible.

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A 'Red Wave' Dust Storm Strikes Australia

As if they didn't have enough to worry about.

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Why Virginia's Governor Wants to Tax Prius Drivers

The plan isn't as crazy as it sounds. It's just bad policy.

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Terrifying Images of the Australian Wildfires

Record-setting high temperatures combined with painfully dry conditions have sparked hundreds of brushfires across the country.