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Noah's Ark To Carbon Capture: Looking Beyond Climate Change Miracles

There are plenty of reasons for pessimism. But we also need to keep trying — and hoping — for ways to cooperate across continents.

Environmental problems and solutions in Cairo
Environmental problems and solutions in Cairo
Alaa Abd El Fattah*

CAIRO — Sitting at a family gathering one day I asked, half-jokingly, which country people thought would be the most suitable place for me to go and rebuild my life — once the authorities have fully released me. I was immediately told to avoid islands, their survival being no longer guaranteed. I wasn't sure whether this pessimism was about the distance still remaining between me and my freedom, or the imminence of multiple environmental catastrophes.

Speaking to a friend on the phone a few days later, I scoffed at her use of the word "ark" and asked her if she was expecting Noah's flood. She replied seriously, with traces of panic in her voice, and described her terror at the idea that her children will likely inherit a planet whose features have been permanently transformed because of climate change.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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