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David Wallace-Wells

  1. tomorrow
    Two Paths for OmicronDepending on how you look at the U.S. data for this new variant, the story it tells inspires either relief or dread.
  2. covid-19
    America’s Omicron Wave Already Looks More Severe Than Europe’sNew York’s hospitalization data may not bode well for the rest of the country.
  3. life after warming
    The Return of the Urban FirestormClimate scientist Daniel Swain explains that what happened Thursday in Colorado wasn’t a wildfire, but something potentially much scarier.
  4. intelligencer chats
    Schools Might Be Heading for a January ‘Omicron Break’Unless we radically rethink pandemic protocols, there will be a lot of absences in a lot of places.
  5. omicron
    The Best News About Omicron May Not Be About SeverityThe size of the Omicron wave is likely more important in determining its ultimate toll — and there are signs it will be much smaller than feared.
  6. omicron
    Is Omicron a New Wave or a Parallel Pandemic?If the new variant is spreading preferentially among the vaccinated, it may not mean much for the future course of the pandemic.
  7. omicron variant
    South Africa’s Omicron Wave Looks Like It’s Already Peaking. Why?Virologist Trevor Bedford helps make sense of what is happening with the new variant in South Africa, and what it might mean for other countries.
  8. omicron variant
    How Mild Is Omicron, Really?The early data is conflicting. But there are encouraging signs.
  9. variants
    And Now for the Good News About OmicronThere are some very encouraging signs.
  10. covid-19
    Omicron Is About to Overwhelm UsThe new COVID variant has all the makings of a massive wave.
  11. covid-19
    Can Anything Stop the Omicron Wave?At this point, America has limited options.
  12. this endless pandemic
    Waiting for OmicronThe new variant comes to a country that still does not have the pandemic under control.
  13. life after warming
    This Is What Happens When One Climate Disaster Follows AnotherJust look at these images of flooding and landslides in British Columbia.
  14. cop26
    The New Politics of Climate HyperboleAre the world’s leaders talking a big game on climate because they want to take action, or because they don’t?
  15. covid-19
    There Is Finally a Visible Way Out of the COVID PandemicWith promising therapeutic drugs on the horizon and parents now able to get their kids vaccinated, the real U.S. endgame may at last be near.
  16. tomorrow
    The Case for Climate ReparationsA trillion tons of carbon hangs in the air, put there by the world’s rich, an existential threat to its poor. Can we remove it?
  17. intelligencer chats
    Just How Disastrous Is Manchin’s Climate Obstruction?U.S. credibility is on the line, not to mention the fate of the planet.
  18. intelligencer chats
    Why Has the Delta Variant Been This Bad in the U.S.?Relatively low vaccine uptake is a major factor, but it may not fully explain why America is such an outlier among rich countries.
  19. tomorrow
    The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID’s Age DiscriminationIn the breakthrough era, age matters as much as vaccination status.
  20. covid-19
    Don’t Panic, But Breakthrough Cases May Be a Bigger Issue Than You’ve Been ToldThe vaccines work very well, but current public-health communications may be understating the frequency of infections among the vaccinated.
  21. covid-19
    Too Many People Are Dying Right NowThe trend of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths amid the Delta wave appears to be far worse that what many had expected.
  22. delta variant
    The U.K.’s Delta Surge Is Collapsing. Will Ours?Why the variant’s spread may be less pervasive than we currently expect.
  23. bugs
    What Happens When All the Bugs Die?Bee ecologist Dave Goulson imagines a world without creeping things.
  24. pandemic
    What If Vaccines Don’t Really Stop the Virus From Spreading?Unpacking the CDC’s head-snapping new guidance on the vaccinated and masks.
  25. delta variant
    How Bad Could the Delta Variant Get?The scientist Eric Topol explains why we can expect a dangerous wave of cases this fall.
  26. covid-19
    The Kids Were Safe the Whole TimeWhy we should rethink COVID safety protocols for children — and everyone else.
  27. life after warming
    How to Live in a Climate ‘Permanent Emergency’Death Valley temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and Canada show we’ve entered the era of climate adaption.
  28. intelligencer chats
    How Bad Could the Delta Variant Get in the U.S.?It is set to become the dominant COVID strain in a matter of weeks.
  29. 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.
  30. covid-19
    The Implications of the Lab-Leak HypothesisThe epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch explains the risks of the virus research done at the Wuhan Institute.
  31. tomorrow
    The Invisible Dead of COVID ColonialismAs the global north vaccinates, the rest of the world is in a grimly familiar place.
  32. our climate
    Is 1.5 Degrees Still Possible?Sudden decarbonization seems tantalizingly close to reality, but steep challenges to limiting global warming remain.
  33. covid-19
    What Really Happened With That Weird Yankees COVID OutbreakThe infections are not a surprise. They may even be a good thing.
  34. intelligencer chats
    The Future of COVID in AmericaVaccination rates may determine whether the virus becomes a seasonal nuisance sooner rather than later.
  35. covid-19
    How the West Lost COVIDHow did so many rich countries get it so wrong? How did others get it so right?
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. pandemic
    How Long Can COVID Cases Keep Plummeting?There’s a mysterious element to the good news.
  39. tomorrow
    What If the COVID Pandemic Never Really Ends?The latest math on herd immunity is looking grim.
  40. 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.
  41. life after warming
    After Climate AlarmismThe war on denial has been won. And that’s not the only good news.
  42. 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.
  43. intelligencer chats
    When Will Vaccines Put a Real Dent in America’s Death Toll?Unfortunately, it might be a while.
  44. tomorrow
    We Had the Vaccine the Whole TimeThe silver bullet we’ve been waiting for took all of one weekend to design.
  45. 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.
  46. covid-19
    Un-Normalizing America’s Third Wave of the PandemicThe ongoing tsunami of new coronavirus cases should snap us out of any complacency.
  47. new eras
    Biden’s Lame Duck PresidencyDemocrats have likely won the highest office, but nearly everything below is broken, blocked, or locked into dysfunction.
  48. covid-19
    The Third Wave of the Pandemic Is HereThe coronavirus is once again gaining ground, with no end — or plan — in sight.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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