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David Wallace-Wells

  1. life after warming
    California’s Last Fire Season Was a Historic Disaster. This One Could Be Worse.The conditions are already set for eclipsing recent records — which themselves would have been unthinkable not long ago.
  2. covid-19
    The Implications of the Lab-Leak HypothesisThe epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch explains the risks of the virus research done at the Wuhan Institute.
  3. tomorrow
    The Invisible Dead of COVID ColonialismAs the global north vaccinates, the rest of the world is in a grimly familiar place.
  4. our climate
    Is 1.5 Degrees Still Possible?Sudden decarbonization seems tantalizingly close to reality, but steep challenges to limiting global warming remain.
  5. covid-19
    What Really Happened With That Weird Yankees COVID OutbreakThe infections are not a surprise. They may even be a good thing.
  6. intelligencer chats
    The Future of COVID in AmericaVaccination rates may determine whether the virus becomes a seasonal nuisance sooner rather than later.
  7. covid-19
    How the West Lost COVIDHow did so many rich countries get it so wrong? How did others get it so right?
  8. intelligencer chats
    Maybe the Variants Aren’t So Scary After AllAssessing the risk of another major COVID wave as optimism begins to rule the day.
  9. intelligencer chats
    America’s Brittle Infrastructure Is on Display in TexasMore system failures loom as the weather becomes more extreme. But disasters can also serve as needed wake-up calls.
  10. pandemic
    How Long Can COVID Cases Keep Plummeting?There’s a mysterious element to the good news.
  11. tomorrow
    What If the COVID Pandemic Never Really Ends?The latest math on herd immunity is looking grim.
  12. tomorrow
    Brazil’s New Covid Strain Raises Big – and Scary – QuestionsThe biggest pandemic news may not be from Johnson & Johnson but the Amazonian city of Manaus.
  13. life after warming
    After Climate AlarmismThe war on denial has been won. And that’s not the only good news.
  14. coronavirus
    America’s Vaccine Rollout Is Already a DisasterVaccines should bring the end of the pandemic, but we’re bungling their distribution just as badly as the rest of our coronavirus response.
  15. intelligencer chats
    When Will Vaccines Put a Real Dent in America’s Death Toll?Unfortunately, it might be a while.
  16. tomorrow
    We Had the Vaccine the Whole TimeThe silver bullet we’ve been waiting for took all of one weekend to design.
  17. just asking questions
    How Rapid Antigen Tests Could (In Theory) Quash the Pandemic Within Weeks“We have this academic precision, and it’s really screwing us up in terms of being able to act with the urgency we need,” says Harvard’s Michael Mina.
  18. covid-19
    Un-Normalizing America’s Third Wave of the PandemicThe ongoing tsunami of new coronavirus cases should snap us out of any complacency.
  19. new eras
    Biden’s Lame Duck PresidencyDemocrats have likely won the highest office, but nearly everything below is broken, blocked, or locked into dysfunction.
  20. covid-19
    The Third Wave of the Pandemic Is HereThe coronavirus is once again gaining ground, with no end — or plan — in sight.
  21. in conversation
    Andrew Cuomo on His Pandemic Response and New York’s FutureAlternately combative and reflective, the governor tries to make sense of the last seven months.
  22. just asking questions
    Bill Gates on the Pandemic: ‘You Hope It Doesn’t Stretch Past 2022.’The philanthropist shares his thoughts about COVID-19 vaccines, America’s failures, and when we can expect real global relief.
  23. life after warming
    California Can’t Afford to Wait for Climate ActionThe horrific fires of 2020 are just a preview. No matter what we do, two to four times as much land area will soon burn annually in the West.
  24. life after warming
    California Has Australian Problems NowThe extreme wildfires the state is battling are apocalyptic heralds of climate change. And the scariest part is that they could be worse.
  25. coronavirus
    The Human Cost of the Pandemic May Dwarf Its Death TollThe long-term health effects of COVID-19 could be the most common and most devastating outcome, by far.
  26. life after warming
    What Climate Alarm Has Already AchievedEven as we “normalize” climate change, we’ve also normalized alarmism, with panic about warming suddenly at the very center of our politics.
  27. covid-19
    The Good (But Not Great) News About T-Cells and Herd ImmunityTwo areas of research offer tentative hope that meaningful natural protection from COVID-19 may come sooner than expected.
  28. q&a
    ‘We Should Not Surrender on This’Bernie Sanders speaks with David Wallace-Wells about the pandemic, the economy, and why Biden is prepared to make sweeping systemic change.
  29. intelligencer chats
    Could the Pandemic Be a Climate Turning Point?The volatile political conditions created by the coronavirus may matter more than a temporary downturn in carbon emissions.
  30. q&a
    Jay Inslee on How Joe Biden Got Progressive on Climate ChangeThe Washington governor who set the bar for climate pledges discusses Biden’s ambitious new policy and how the pandemic radicalized the nominee.
  31. coronavirus
    America Is Refusing to Learn How to Fight the CoronavirusThe pandemic is surging again in the Southwest, where hospitals are reaching capacity. And it’s probably going to get worse.
  32. life after warming
    Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of TimeClimate change isn’t just a brutal form of time travel to both the future and prehuman past, it is discombobulating to our very sense of linear time.
  33. tomorrow
    Why Don’t Americans Trust the Public-Health Experts?Maybe because the public-health experts don’t trust them.
  34. coronavirus
    Has the Pandemic Peaked?Looking at a broad cohort of nations, and especially at the U.S., it appears, at the moment, as though the answer may be yes.
  35. coronavirus
    Learning to Live in the Valley of UncertaintyFor many critical coronavirus questions, like when schools should reopen, we simply do not have clear answers.
  36. life after warming
    Welcome to the End of the ‘Human Climate Niche’The pandemic shows how hard it is going to be to adapt comfortably to climate change.
  37. coronavirus
    Covid-19 Targets the Elderly. Why Don’t Our Prevention Efforts?The evidence that the novel coronavirus targets the elderly are overwhelming. But our public-health measures treat everyone equally.
  38. coronavirus
    There Is Still No PlanThe lockdowns were an expensive way to buy time. The government has squandered it.
  39. public health
    What the Coronavirus Models Can’t SeeDeaths and new infections in the U.S. are surpassing projections even during lockdowns, and it’s likely to get worse.
  40. in conversation
    Thomas Piketty Knew This Was ComingThe scholar of inequality warned us that our economic systems couldn’t withstand a global catastrophe.
  41. coronavirus
    We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing UsSix months in, doctors and researchers are continuing to discover dangerous new ways COVID-19 affects the body.
  42. coronavirus
    There Is A White House Blockade Stopping States From Getting Coronavirus PPEThe NEJM has published a horrifying account of a health-care executive trying to evade what appear to be mafia tactics by the federal government.
  43. coronavirus
    We Are Probably Only One-Tenth of the Way Through This PandemicAnd maybe even less.
  44. coronavirus
    Is Coronavirus Ushering in a Chinese Future?The world has experienced the pandemic on terms largely defined by one country. That might not be a temporary phenomenon.
  45. coronavirus
    Best-Case Scenario for Coronavirus Is That It’s More Infectious Than We ThinkWe are stunningly ignorant about the virus that’s shutting down the world. Some of that uncertainty includes reasons for hope.
  46. life after warming
    The Coronavirus Is a Preview of Our Climate-Change FutureThe warming of the planet will lead to pandemics that are far more dangerous and disruptive.
  47. coronavirus
    There Is No Plan for the End of the Coronavirus CrisisOn top of Trump’s ongoing mismanagement, there is a shocking lack of a strategy, at any level of government, for what the country will do next.
  48. life after warming
    The EPA Is Another Coronavirus CasualtyClimate activists and climate enemies both see opportunity in the pandemic.
  49. coronavirus
    Why Did an Expert Who Warned About COVID-19 Have So Much Trouble Being Heard?Though we often feel that we live in a sea of panic, it may be that the general din prevents us from hearing most important warning cries.
  50. coronavirus
    Coronavirus Shows Us America Is BrokenWe are seeing the collapse of civic authority and public trust at what is only the beginning of a protracted crisis.
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