The Stream, October 8: Australia Takes First Step Toward Cap-and-Trade System

Australia enacted a carbon tax last week that is expected to…

The Stream, September 10: Water Shortage Deepens Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

A sudden water shortage is the latest hardship blighting the…

Heart of Dryness: Climate Change Coping Strategies

Since the dawn of Homo sapiens in arid Africa, nine tenths of our evolution has unfolded as foragers. Only relatively recently did our species embark on agriculture, and recent events suggest certain limits to that extraordinary experiment. Exponential population growth has combined with unprecedented climate change until half the planet’s land surface can now be classified as drylands—arid landscapes inhabited by a third of humankind.