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  1. just asking questions
    So There’s a Locust Plague Too?A U.N. locust forecaster explains the massive upsurge in desert locusts from the Horn of Africa to Pakistan — a distance of over 2,000 miles.
  2. climate change
    U.N. Climate Talks Fall Apart Over Potential of Trump 2020 WinOne negotiator said that U.N. member nations were “waiting for the U.S. election” to determine how to move forward on vital emissions cutbacks.
  3. climate change
    ‘Bleak’ U.N. Climate Study: World on Track for Up to 3.9 Degrees Warming by 2100The report states emissions must decline 7.6 percent every year for the next decade to hit Paris goals. In 2018, U.S. emissions increased 2.7 percent.
  4. nikki haley
    Nikki Haley’s Skillful and Opportunistic MAGA Balancing ActOnce again, Nikki Haley has figured out how to keep herself in the news as a potential Trump-Pence successor while declaring her Trumpist loyalties.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. world view
    Trump’s Low-Energy U.N. Speech Said More Than He RealizedIt’s hard to tell if Trump or his audience was more disinterested, but the text contained lessons about his team’s disturbing tactics and goals.
  9. climate change
    Trump Mocks Greta Thunberg for Emotional Climate Speech“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
  10. 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.”
  11. power
    Greta Thunberg Just Gave the Best Speech of Her Life“How dare you?” she demanded of world leaders at the U.N. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. climate change
    Leaked Draft of U.N. Climate Report: Warming Oceans ‘Poised to Unleash Misery’By “misery,” the IPCC draft means 280 million displaced people, flood damages magnified 1,000-fold, and the melting of emission-packed permafrost.
  16. climate change
    Humanity Is About to Kill 1 Million Species in an Epic Murder-SuicideA new U.N. report finds that civilization is on the cusp of killing off the organisms that keep our soil fertile, seafood plentiful, and air clean.
  17. conflicts of interest
    Trump’s Nominee for U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft Has Billion-Dollar Ties to CoalCraft once expressed climate denialism and her husband is a coal baron. She may soon represent the U.S. at the key venue for combating climate change.
  18. immigration
    Unauthorized Nanny Grounds Nauert’s U.N. AmbassadorshipMaybe ICE should raid the White House.
  19. sustainable fashion
    Fashion Week in a Time of Climate ChangeInsiders gathered for a panel on sustainable fashion at the U.N.
  20. united nations
    Trump Eyes Former Fox & Friends Host for U.N. AmbassadorThe president has reportedly offered Nikki Haley’s old gig to former Fox News anchor, and current State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert.
  21. politics
    Nikki Haley’s Rare Feat: She Did It Her Way, Not Trump’sDespite significant foreign policy differences in the GOP, she managed to avoid alienating either faction — or her notoriously volatile boss.
  22. just asking questions
    This Is Nikki Haley’s Last Interview Before Her Resignation. Read It for Clues.Read it for clues.
  23. nikki haley
    Nikki Haley to Resign As Ambassador to the United NationsIt’s an oddly timed development for a rising political star.
  24. climate change
    U.N. Climate Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed to Avert CatastropheAvoiding disaster will require changes with “no documented historic precedent.”
  25. lgbt rights
    The U.S. Just Made Life Harder on LGBT Diplomats and U.N. StaffIn a change, same-sex partners will now only be granted visas if they’re married.
  26. 2018 midterms
    Is Trump Preparing to Blame GOP Midterm Losses on Chinese Meddling?Trump accused China of seeking to help Democrats in November as retaliation for his trade policies. It’s possible, but he offered no real evidence.
  27. foreign policy
    Bolton Warns Iran There ‘Will Be Hell to Pay’In a bellicose speech in New York on the same day as Trump’s unilateralist address to the U.N., Bolton expressed his hatred of diplomacy.
  28. the kavanaugh hearings
    Trump Just Can’t Stop Himself From Sliming Kavanaugh’s AccusersAt the U.N., the president attacks both Christine Ford and Deborah Ramirez, either going off message or revealing a scorched-earth strategy.
  29. foreign policy
    The President Treats the U.N. to a Good Old-Fashioned Trump RallyThe president’s nationalist speech was a list of things that the United States does and doesn’t see as threatening.
  30. foreign policy
    Donald Trump Is Going to Try a Tricky Balancing Act at the United NationsTrump wants to mount a defense of American sovereignty to please his base while selling allies on shared sacrifice.
  31. bans
    The Plan to Eliminate Trans Fats Once and for AllThe World Health Organization has unveiled a new idea to help the world cook healthier food.
  32. U.N. Condemns Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Despite Threats From U.S.The Trump administration has threatened to retaliate against nations that voted for the resolution.
  33. Nikki Haley Says Iran Is Violating U.N. Rules and These Missile Parts Prove ItThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations held a press conference with “indisputable” proof of Iran’s violations.
  34. politics
    For Nikki Haley, Dealing With Foreign Tyrants Is the Easy Part of the JobHow the U.N. ambassador handles her boss with great diplomacy.
  35. Convicted War Criminal Dies After Drinking Poison in U.N. Courtroom at the Hague“What I drank was poison,” he said after his 20-year prison sentence was upheld.
  36. President Trump Said Only One Weird Thing During His Speech to the U.N.It could have been much worse.
  37. foreign policy
    U.N. Security Council Approves New Sanctions on North KoreaThe U.S.-drafted resolution, which received unanimous support, is the first international measure taken against Pyongyang since Trump took office.
  38. U.N. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Approved by Nations That Don’t Have NukesThe nine nations that possess nuclear weapons did not participate in the treaty negotiations.
  39. ‘We’re Only Getting Started’: Nikki Haley Celebrates Cuts to U.N. PeacekeepingThe U.N. will spend $600 million fewer dollars on peacekeeping in the next year and Haley is thrilled.
  40. politics
    Trump Administration Refuses to Back U.N.’s Call for Safe AbortionA U.S. representative said he couldn’t back the resolution — which condemned violence against women — because it supported safe abortion.
  41. State Department Moves to Rein In High-Flying Nikki HaleyForeign-policy novice Nikki Haley has been a freelancing star at the UN, and the State Department seems to be quietly trying to reassert control.
  42. women's rights
    Saudi Arabia’s Appointment to UN Women’s-Rights Commission Sparks OutrageThis is a country that still uses a male-guardianship system.
  43. Is Nikki Haley Improvising Her Way to Great Power?The U.N. ambassador appears to be making up a chaotic administration’s foreign policy. That’s dangerous — but it’s working for her so far.
  44. Trump Says Assad Chemical Attack Crosses ‘Many, Many Lines, Beyond Red Lines’The president didn’t offer specifics, but U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley railed against Russia, signaling the possibility of U.S. action.
  45. Spicer Blames Obama’s ‘Weakness’ for Assad’s Apparent Chemical AttackThe attack came days after the Trump administration indicated that it is comfortable with the Syrian dictator remaining in power.
  46. Feds Block Release of Russian U.N. Ambassador’s Cause of Death“Ambassador Churkin’s diplomatic immunity survives his death.”
  47. notebook
    ‘When the Ban Was Announced, My Husband Stopped Breathing’For a refugee living in Bayonne, New Jersey, Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration have left the fate of her children in the balance.
  48. U.S. Hits Iran with New Sanctions After Missile TestThe Trump administration’s first sanctions come after a week of putting Iran “on notice,” and the day after taking a hard-line stance with Russia.
  49. Trump Prepares to Radically Reduce American Funding of the United NationsTrump’s executive order would cut U.S. funding of international organizations by 40 percent, devastating U.N. peacekeeping and refugee aid efforts.
  50. The GOP’s Bibi-Centric Foreign PolicyAs Republicans overreact to the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, their unconditional support for Netanyahu is a rare point of unity.
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