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How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.

The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs

The rise of the baristas.

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This Warped Map Shows Global Warming's Biggest Offenders

International boundaries look a lot different when you judge a country by its greenhouse-gas emissions.

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening.

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

How globalization has changed the nature of urban development.

Congress Just Started Caring About the Sharing Economy

A friendly first hearing on Capitol Hill.

Where Does Obesity Come From?

We think poverty makes people obese and that obesity makes people poor. It's harder to understand exactly why.

The Case of California's Disappearing Snow

This year, there's virtually no powder on the ground in the drought-stricken state.

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia right before paychecks and benefits come out.

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Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.

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Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States

The long road from "go west, young man" to "stay put, everyone."

One Reason the Poor Have So Little Political Clout

The disadvantaged are the least likely to vote. What does that mean for their interests?

China's Slowly Disappearing Steel Plants

The country's bleak post-industrial future.

How to Build a Productive Tech Economy

There's no simple solution to encouraging local innovation.

India's Economic Woes Are So Dire, Millions May De-Urbanize

A dire slump threatens to send poor, unemployed migrants back to the countryside in search of work.

It's Time to Stop Blaming Poverty on the Decline in Marriage

In reality, it's the other way around.

It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

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Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.