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Dear People of 2021: What Can We Learn From Hindsight?

For the first series from the Headway initiative, we followed up on forecasts from decades past to ask what the passage of time has revealed.

02/12/2021

After Hurricane Sandy, a Park in Lower Manhattan at the Center of a Fight

Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, residents of Lower Manhattan are still vulnerable to rising seas. The fight over a plan to protect them reveals why progress on our most critical challenges is so hard.

02/12/2021

Europe Met a Climate Target. But Is It Burning Less Carbon?

Hindsight is a series from the Headway team looking back at predictions and promises from the past. As the 2009 global climate summit in Copenhagen approached, the European Union raced to announce an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas…

02/12/2021

What Can One Life Tell Us About the Battle Against H.I.V.?

In 2001, U.N. estimates suggested 150 million people would be infected with H.I.V. by 2021. That preceded an ambitious global campaign to curb the virus. How well did it work?

02/12/2021

Hundreds of Companies Promised to Help Save Forests. Did They?

Cargill, Nestle, Carrefour and others pledged to reach net-zero deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

02/12/2021

The Toddler Was Bowlegged, Her Gait Awkward. What Was It?

The 17-month-old girl waddled down the hall of the nursing home in her furry pumpkin costume, gripping her Halloween booty. Masaru Furukawa, the child’s next-door neighbor in Spring Green, Wis., as well as her primary-care doctor, had taken his two…

02/12/2021

Vesuvius Victim May Shed Light on Ancient Rome

Archaeologists found the remains of a person buried at Herculaneum in the eruption of 79 A.D., and hope that with modern technology it will yield fresh insights.

01/12/2021

Is It Too Soon to Give My Kid a Tablet?

There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question, but here are several things to consider before buying your child their own electronic device.

01/12/2021

How do you say ‘Omicron’?

Unlike Alpha, Beta and Delta, the name of the latest known variant is not as straightforward, with some English speakers offering up diverse pronunciations.

01/12/2021

After 110 Years, an Overdue Book Is Returned to a Library in Idaho

It’s unclear who checked out “New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggin from a library in Boise, or who had it all these decades. But the book remained in immaculate shape.

01/12/2021

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