December 2010

The Atlantic - December 2010

Why only coal can stop global warming, the error-prone nature of dialysis, how to be a frugal divorcee, and more

Features

  • Dirty Coal, Clean Future

    Dirty Coal, Clean Future

    To environmentalists, clean coal is an insulting oxymoron. But because coal so dominates the world economy, any meaningful effort to arrest climate change will require using dirty coal in more-sustainable ways. Quiet collaboration between American and Chinese businesses and scientists is pointing the way.

    Video: James Fallows flies his plane over West Virginia coal country and discusses the coming transformation.

  • The Danger of Cosmic Genius

    The Danger of Cosmic Genius

    The physicist Freeman Dyson has reshaped thinking in fields from math to astrophysics to medicine. Yet he is also one of the world's foremost global-warming skeptics. How could someone as smart as Dyson be so wrong about the environment? A cautionary tale about science and faith.

    From the Archives: Thirty years of Atlantic articles on climate change, clean tech, and Freeman Dyson.

  • The Drone Wars

    In Pakistan, the CIA's remote-controlled bombing campaign heats up.

  • “God Help You. You're on Dialysis.”

    Shockingly error-prone and brutally expensive, our federally funded system of dialysis care is failing. A year-long investigation reveals why—and what may lie ahead for health-care reform.

  • Your Child Left Behind

    A new ranking shows that even privileged kids in our best public-school systems do poorly compared with their peers in other countries.

    Multimedia: Use our interactive tool to compare state-by-state test results, and see how your schools match up against the rest of the world's.

  • A Matter of Degrees

    U.S. universities are still on top, but Asia is rising.

    Poll: The Atlantic asked 30 university and college presidents about tenure, student preparedness, and other hot issues.

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