Tag: North America

The New NAFTA Is Better Than No NAFTA at All

The updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement unveiled this week does not represent a clear improvement on the original 1994 deal. There are changes for the better, like Mexico’s agreement to adopt stronger protections for labor unions and Canada’s agreement to allow the sale of more American dairy products. But there are […]

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Brain-Dead or Not, NATO Is Essential

With the conclusion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 70th anniversary summit in London, it’s fair to say that Donald Trump thinks that most alliance members, starting with France and Canada, are a bunch of ungrateful and unhelpful freeloaders. Fair to say, also, that most of those members see Trump as an erratic, pompous, dangerous […]

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Why the Great Auk Is Gone for Good

Not so long ago, the northern seas were full of great auks. Every summer, millions of the two-toned, goose-sized birds would gather at different breeding grounds across the North Atlantic. The flightless birds were easy to capture, and passing sailors loved how they tasted. “In less than half an hour we filled two boats full […]

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Our National Parks Are in Trouble

CARBONDALE, Colo. — Deep inside Alaska’s six-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve, I could see miles of space beneath my feet as I stood on the summit of the tallest mountain in North America. The startling view from the 20,310-foot Denali of rugged wilderness spreading out in all directions, plus the challenge of climbing it, […]

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Mexican Workers’ Gains Would Be Ours, Too

Despite financial gains won recently by the United Auto Workers in a new contract that ended a nearly six-week-long strike against General Motors, the longest in a half-century, the deal will not rectify the major problem that has hurt American autoworkers and will continue to do so. The problem has been the longstanding lack of […]

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GSMA: North America will lead Asia and Europe in 5G use

The future looks bright for 5G across the world, but particularly in North America, which is poised to generate record revenues for service providers for the foreseeable future. That’s the key takeaway from a just-published report by mobile industry group GSMA, which forecasts dramatic growth in mobile data use through 2025, when nearly half of […]

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These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer. Georgia picked the brown […]

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The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All

Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s ecosystem is unraveling. The disappearance of 2.9 billion birds over the past nearly 50 years was reported today in the journal Science, a result of a comprehensive study […]

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Birds Are Vanishing From North America

The skies are emptying out. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago. The analysis, published in the journal Science, is the most exhaustive and ambitious attempt […]

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The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration

Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But […]

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How Does a Male Black Widow Find a Mate? Follow the Other Guys

It’s a myth that black widow female spiders always kill and consume their mates. But courtship remains perilous for males, cannibalism or no. The terrain, navigated in the dark, is challenging. The female’s web releases come-hither pheromones, but only about 12 percent of prospective males manage to reach it. And once there, they can expect […]

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Trump Is Losing His Trade Wars

Donald Trump’s declaration that “trade wars are good, and easy to win” will surely go down in the history books as a classic utterance — but not in a good way. Instead it will go alongside Dick Cheney’s prediction, on the eve of the Iraq war, that “we will, in fact, be welcomed as liberators.” […]

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Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. into Multiple Fights

WASHINGTON — President Trump is increasingly blurring the line between America’s national and economic security, enabling him to harness powerful tools meant to punish the world’s worst global actors and redirect them at nearly every trading partner, including Mexico, Japan, China and Europe. Over a few weeks, Mr. Trump has declared European and Japanese cars, […]

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HTC releases Vive Pro Eye in North America for $1,599

Having already released Vive Pro Eye in China and Europe, HTC today began selling the enterprise-class virtual reality headset in North America, and there’s one surprise: it starts at only $1,599 U.S., rather than its roughly $2,000 price elsewhere. But there may be other costs for U.S. and Canadian customers to consider, as well. Featuring […]

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