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David Wallace-Wells

  1. covid-19
    Un-Normalizing America’s Third Wave of the PandemicThe ongoing tsunami of new coronavirus cases should snap us out of any complacency.
  2. new eras
    Biden’s Lame Duck PresidencyDemocrats have likely won the highest office, but nearly everything below is broken, blocked, or locked into dysfunction.
  3. covid-19
    The Third Wave of the Pandemic Is HereThe coronavirus is once again gaining ground, with no end — or plan — in sight.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. tomorrow
    Why Don’t Americans Trust the Public-Health Experts?Maybe because the public-health experts don’t trust them.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. coronavirus
    There Is Still No PlanThe lockdowns were an expensive way to buy time. The government has squandered it.
  22. 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.
  23. in conversation
    Thomas Piketty Knew This Was ComingThe scholar of inequality warned us that our economic systems couldn’t withstand a global catastrophe.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. coronavirus
    We Are Probably Only One-Tenth of the Way Through This PandemicAnd maybe even less.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. life after warming
    The EPA Is Another Coronavirus CasualtyClimate activists and climate enemies both see opportunity in the pandemic.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. life after warming
    What Coronavirus Teaches Us About Climate ChangeAdaptation is not enough.
  35. life after warming
    Jeff Bezos’s $10 Billion Climate Pledge Is Actually TinyJudged by the standards of the climate crisis, the sum is, practically speaking, almost nothing.
  36. life after warming
    Global Apathy Toward the Fires in Australia Is a Scary Portent for the FutureA months-long climate disaster in a wealthy, white country is tailor-made to dominate news coverage. It hasn’t.
  37. life after warming
    Here’s Some Good News on Climate Change: Worst-Case Scenario Looks UnrealisticGlobal energy use patterns suggest some baseline assumptions about warming are too high. What remains is still a stiff challenge to humanity.
  38. life after warming
    U.N. Climate Talks Collapsed in Madrid. What’s the Way Forward?Following the unsuccessful COP25 conference in Madrid, it’s time to think about a new framework for climate action.
  39. life after warming
    This Is What a Calm California Wildfire Season Looks Like NowA dozen wildfires are burning, and the state is at the mercy of the wind.
  40. intelligencer chats
    Is Annoying People the Right Way to Combat Climate Change?Intelligencer staffers discuss the intentionally divisive tactics of an upstart movement.
  41. life after warming
    Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate PoliticsThe U.K. movement’s claims might be exaggerated, but it shows us how the world is ready to grapple with the depth of the problem.
  42. just asking questions
    ‘Any Further Interference Is Likely to Be Disastrous’“Gaia theory” scientist James Lovelock talks about nuclear power and his hope that AI might save the planet from catastrophic warming.
  43. just asking questions
    ‘We Are Living in a Reality That Is Fundamentally Uncanny’The Great Derangement author Amitav Ghosh describes just how totally we’ve failed to face up to the unfolding climate crisis.
  44. just asking questions
    ‘The House Is Burning Down and We’re Just Sitting Around Discussing It’Why Trust Science? author Naomi Oreskes on how much science it actually takes to move public opinion on climate change.
  45. just asking questions
    Do We Need to Abandon Growth to Save the Planet?A conversation with scientist Vaclav Smil, author of Growth — a dense treatise that covers everything from “microorganisms to megacities.”
  46. just asking questions
    The Necessity of Optimism in Fighting Climate ChangeA conversation with Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  47. climate change
    Welcome to the State of the WorldA series about climate change.
  48. just asking questions
    A Green New Deal Co-Author on the Rapid Evolution of Climate PolicyRhiana Gunn-Wright talks about just how fast climate politics have changed and why focusing on targets like two degrees may be beside the point.
  49. just asking questions
    Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi on How TV News Covers Climate ChangeA conversation with the hosts of MSNBC’s two-day Democratic-primary forum on climate change.
  50. just asking questions
    Naomi Klein on Reckoning With the Radical Realities of Climate ChangeThe leftist intellectual talks the new political momentum on climate and whether we have to give up on consumption and growth to avert disaster.
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