Meet the 103,000 People Who Could Become the First Climate-Change Refugees

A visit to the island nation of Kiribati, which could be the first country to be lost from rising tides due to global warming:

Kiribati is a flyspeck of a United Nations member state, a collection of 33 islands necklaced across the central Pacific. Thirty-two of the islands are low-lying atolls; the 33rd, called Banaba, is a raised coral island that long ago was strip-mined for its seabird-guano-derived phosphates. If scientists are correct, the ocean will swallow most of Kiribati before the end of the century, and perhaps much sooner than that. Water expands as it warms, and the oceans have lately received colossal quantities of melted ice. A recent study found that the oceans are absorbing heat 15 times faster than they have at any point during the past 10,000 years. Before the rising Pacific drowns these atolls, though, it will infiltrate, and irreversibly poison, their already inadequate supply of fresh water. The apocalypse could come even sooner for Kiribati if violent storms, of the sort that recently destroyed parts of the Philippines, strike its islands.

Source: Businessweek
Published: Nov 22, 2013
Length: 28 minutes (7,040 words)

Hillary Clinton: Chinese System Is Doomed, Leaders on a ‘Fool’s Errand’

In an exclusive interview, the secretary of state says Beijing’s human rights record is “deplorable” and it is “trying to stop history” by opposing the advance of democracy. “It was during this part of the conversation, when the subject of China, and its frightened reaction to the Arab Spring, came up, that she took an almost-Reaganesque turn, calling into question not just Beijing’s dismal human rights record, but the future of the Chinese regime itself.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 10, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,857 words)

The Things He Carried

Airport security in America is a sham—”security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items—as our correspondent did with ease. #Sept11

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 1, 2008
Length: 12 minutes (3,243 words)

The Point of No Return

For The Obama Administration, The Prospect Of A Nuclearized Iran Is Dismal To Contemplate: It Would Create Major New National-Security Challenges And Crush The President’S Dream Of Ending Nuclear Proliferation.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Sep 1, 2010
Length: 39 minutes (9,908 words)

The Hunted: Did American Conservationists In Africa Go Too Far?

Then comes an arresting sequence, one seldom seen on national television: the killing of a human. Vieira introduces the scene: “We were allowed to accompany patrols in Zambia after we agreed not to identify those involved, should a shooting occur. On this mission, we would witness the ultimate price paid by a suspected poacher.” A game scout in a green uniform walks in what appears to be a recently abandoned campsite. A pouch on the ground contains shotgun shells, and the scout removes a few of them to show the camera.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 5, 2010
Length: 66 minutes (16,722 words)