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A general view of Mes Aynak valley is seen some 25 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2022. Buildings on top are offices of Chinese mining company MCC that won the contract to exploit the world's second-largest copper mine.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan

Beijing signs onto a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from the north of Afghanistan. ​Graeme Smith, a senior consultant for the International Crisis Group, discusses the implications of the agreement with The World's host Carol Hills.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan
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Lula promises sustainable development for the Amazon

Lula promises sustainable development for the Amazon
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Residents of informal settlements among the most at risk from climate change 

Residents of informal settlements among the most at risk from climate change 
The Nehr-i-Khayyam drainage ditch in Karachi, Pakistan, where sewage and trash collect and can impede the flow of stormwater.

'The system is broken': At COP27, developing countries push for more money to adapt to climate change

'The system is broken': At COP27, developing countries push for more money to adapt to climate change
Workers move a box of freshly caught squid in Pucusana, Peru, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

A state-owned company from China is building a massive commercial port in Peru

A state-owned company from China is building a massive commercial port in Peru
Wind catchers in Yazd, Iran are an ancient form of natural air conditioning.

Long before electricity, wind catchers of Persia kept residents cool. Climate-conscious architects are taking notes.

This 12th-century invention was a reliable form of air-conditioning in Iran for centuries. And as temperatures continue to rise around the world, this ancient way of staying cool has gained renewed attention for its emissions-free and cost-effective design.

Long before electricity, wind catchers of Persia kept residents cool. Climate-conscious architects are taking notes.
The World's Daniel Ofman speaks with Lviv Mayor Andriy Ivanovych Sadovyi about how he's helping his city prepare for a long winter amid the ongoing war with Russia. 

‘Never give up’: Lviv mayor prepares for long winter amid ongoing war with Russia 

Lviv Mayor Andriy Ivanovych Sadovyi speaks to The World’s Daniel Ofman about how the city is preparing for a long winter ahead. Top concerns are housing for internally displaced people, sufficient fuel for heat and medical supplies. 

‘Never give up’: Lviv mayor prepares for long winter amid ongoing war with Russia 
People gather at a playground amid water shortages in Monterrey, Mexico.

In the north of Mexico, water cuts to cope with shortages hit poor communities hardest 

Extreme heat and drought have left water in short supply in Monterrey, Mexico, but not everyone is feeling the pinch. Some poor neighborhoods seem to be facing far more restrictions on water usage than wealthier ones.

In the north of Mexico, water cuts to cope with shortages hit poor communities hardest 
French-speaking Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has abandoned dwellings are everywhere due to storms, erosion, and rising sea-levels.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country

Rising sea levels, erosion and storms in Louisiana's bayou country have flooded entire communities. For some French speakers, Hurricane Ida was the last straw — and many are now moving away.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country
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'How long will this continue?': People in Istanbul see their rents double as inflation soars

This summer, Turkish inflation reached levels not seen since the 1990s, and nowhere is it more clear than the rental market. Tenants are seeing their rents double, or even triple, in just one year.

'How long will this continue?': People in Istanbul see their rents double as inflation soars
Omar Vazquez Sanchez stands in the doorway of a home built from blocks made of seaweed.

In Cancun, this man is turning seaweed trash into natural-building treasures

A brown seaweed called sargassum is washing up on Cancun beaches, threatening the region’s efforts to recover its tourism. Local resident Omar Vazquez Sanchez got the idea to transform the seaweed into “sargablocks,” what he calls a small solution to a big problem. 

In Cancun, this man is turning seaweed trash into natural-building treasures
Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have ended up in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, near the Polish border, where prefabricated homes have become a fast and affordable way for the city to house refugees.

Modular housing in Ukraine provides shelter — and hope — for internally displaced people

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have ended up in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, near the Polish border, where prefabricated homes have become a fast and affordable way for the city to house refugees.

Modular housing in Ukraine provides shelter — and hope — for internally displaced people
A woman walks with a power plant in the background, in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, March 16, 2022. 

Ladder theory: Part II

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the nature of American public support for cyberattacks — responses depend largely on the harm done and who launched it.

Ladder theory: Part II
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Solar power is the 'only business that's booming' amid financial and electricity crises in Lebanon, experts say

As people faced with electricity blackouts install solar panels on their rooftops, they say they're seeing some relief — but it comes alongside frustration with the government's inability to power the country.

Solar power is the 'only business that's booming' amid financial and electricity crises in Lebanon, experts say
Residents of the Accra suburb of Alajo patch up a road after severe flooding destroyed it.

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience

Accra has been hit with heavy rain and flash flooding in May and June, leaving many experts worried about the city’s capacity for climate resilience if trends continue. 

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience