As this finds its way to paper, Germany takes the World Cup. Admittedly the timing of my writing is part procrastination, part aplomb. When I agreed to shepherd this quarter’s magazine, International Environmental Issues, nearly nine months ago, I gave little thought to the proximity of the publication to the World Cup. (I’m a baseball fan at heart.) But when my list of to-dos turned to this introduction, I embraced the idea of penning it on the last Sunday of the tournament.