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Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE
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The Joys of Flying [A Cartoon From Switzerland]

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 ENLARGE

Kaboom Town

The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents, including Frankie McCray (pictured), say they’re forgotten in the toxic plume.

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Change May Bring More Rain to California

Contrary to most predictions, a new study suggests that the Golden State could be 12 percent wetter by the end of the century.

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE

Stand With Sanders Against ‘Pro-Fracking’ Bill, Environmentalists Urge Senate Democrats

Amid Democratic silence, Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning praise for condemning what environmental groups call a “giveaway to oil and gas interests.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE

The World’s Young Face a $535 Trillion Bill for Climate Change

Much of that will have to be spent on expensive technologies engineered to suck 1,000 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air by 2100, a new study shows.

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE

How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

For James Cromwell, the Fight Against Fossil Fuels Is No Act

The much-honored veteran of movies and television cares about the environment, and to protect it he’s willing to go to jail—which is precisely where he was last weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 READ MORE

Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN

Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week

Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

Mideast Faces 10,000-Year Drought, a Study of Iranian Stalagmites Indicates

Climate history locked in calcium carbonate deposits in a cave offers evidence for an epic dry spell in the already parched region. (Pictured, stalactites and stalagmites.)

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

That Climate Hiatus: What’s Really Going On

A new study sheds light on the argument that the world is warming more slowly.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 READ MORE

Amid Climate Change, Wildlife Faces Problems With Survival and Gender

Many bee species may be in for bad times, and marine turtles could undergo a shift in the male-female ratio.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trump the Climate Rogue Is Outmaneuvered and Cold-Shouldered at G-20 Conclave

German Chancellor Angela Merkel runs rings around the U.S. president in Hamburg, where pictures show him sitting alone and being ignored by other governments’ leaders.

Posted on Jul 8, 2017 READ MORE

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Targets Clean Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to undermine the 1972 Clean Water Act by rescinding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

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France Will Ban the Sale of Cars That Use Gasoline or Diesel by 2040

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot (pictured) announces the decision as part of a renewed commitment to the Paris climate accord.

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 READ MORE

Germany Sets a Record, Producing 35 Percent of Its Electricity With Renewables

More than a third of Germany’s electricity this year has come from wind, solar, biomass and hydro—but the country still has a long way to go when it comes to clean energy.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE

G-20 Urged to End Public Subsidies of All Dirty Fuels by 2020

A new report reveals that public financing by the world’s wealthiest governments belies their nations’ stated commitments to the Paris climate goals.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE

Private Money Goes After Trump’s Public Infrastructure Projects

The current lobbying push has links to a former disaster involving Mike Pence. Plus, Scott Pruitt’s industry connections run deep, and Trump Org had big plans for Soviet states.

Posted on Jul 2, 2017 READ MORE

Oil ‘Is Going to Be a Worthless Commodity,’ and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Knows It

Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20 percent this year, in the biggest six-month free fall in years.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 READ MORE

Fight Against DAPL Continues Inside and Outside Federal Courthouse (Multimedia)

Indigenous activists rally on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes during a hearing in the tribes’ case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First

Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than jobs in the general economy. Despite President Trump’s reneging on the Paris climate pact, renewable energy is forging ahead.

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE

Judge Orders Review of DAPL Permits in a Win for ‘Water Protectors’

A federal judge deems safety evaluations of the Dakota Access pipeline insufficient and orders the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider its analysis.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

States and Industries Face Increasing Legal Actions on Climate Change

Citizens and environmental groups are turning to the courts to press governments and corporations to fulfill their obligations.

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Launching a New World Order?

The president is attempting to lay the foundations for a world in which fossil-fuel powers will contend for supremacy with post-carbon, green-energy states.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

American Cities Face Growing Flood Risks

As the seas rise, some communities will see more extreme flooding while others will endure more frequent inundations.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE

Researchers Figure Out When Humans First Altered the Planet’s Geology

Stone Age humans changed a landscape. Then time buried the evidence, until now.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE

Prince’s Seed Money in Clean-Tech Incubator Is Sign O’ the Times

Before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician made an investment in green energy that’s now helping solar startups weather an assault by President Trump.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE

Many City Dwellers Face a Hotter Future Than Their Suburban and Rural Peers

The urban heat island effect can double city temperature increases.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE

Political Turmoil Puts Brazil’s Environment at Risk

As he fights demands for him to resign, President Michel Temer is making concessions that weaken the country’s commitment to fight global warming.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Has Made the 2020 Election a Referendum on Climate Change

It takes four years to quit the Paris agreement. That means voters will be able to let the president know what they think of his decision.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Follows Previous Presidents Who Have Undermined Climate Action

The president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement clarifies the tasks of people seeking smart climate policy.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 READ MORE

Is U.S. Climate Policy Killing Capitalism?

The president isn’t responsible for taking the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord—it’s the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Gas and Big Coal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Could U.S. Exit From Paris Accord Be ‘Good News for the Rest of the World’?

With the United States out of the agreement, the administration now cannot undermine global climate talks as part of the Trump effort to promote fossil fuels.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Ran as an Ally to Business but Snubbed CEOs by Pulling Out of the Paris Accord

The president’s decision prompted two CEOs to leave his business advisory council and scores of others to issue statements of disappointment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jun 2, 2017 ENLARGE

Five Climate Catastrophes to Which Trump Just Doomed His Own Supporters

The U.S. is particularly liable to damage from climate change. Here are the parts of the country the president just put at even more risk.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

Economic forces at work beyond the reach of the global climate agreement present their own long-term challenges.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE


Posted on Jun 1, 2017 ENLARGE

Trump’s Promises on Coal Turn to Dust

Candidate Trump’s pledges to the coal industry are withering as the harsh winds of economic reality blow the president’s plans off course.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Groups Slam Reports of Trump’s Plan to Withdraw From Paris Agreement

The president may be ready to pull out of the agreement—a decision environmental organizations are calling “a travesty” and a “historic mistake.”

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE

Climate ‘Danger Zone’ Seen if Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Agreement

A move by the United States to scrap the accord could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries and probably would speed up global warming.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Military-Style Counterterrorism Measures Were Used Against DAPL Protesters, Leaked Documents Show

The Intercept reports that a private security firm employed by Energy Transfer Partners worked with local police to suppress opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on Themselves

The German chancellor certainly knew what she was doing when she made her otherwise cautious statement.

Posted on May 29, 2017 READ MORE

G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord

The president’s refusal to commit to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change further isolates the U.S. as other world powers prepare to tackle the environmental crisis.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE

Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key

The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Defender of Chemical Companies Takes Charge of EPA Unit Overseeing Toxins

She has represented the American Chemistry Council, an industry group whose members include Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil. Now Nancy Beck has moved to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

Bigger Isn’t Better for Energy Savings

The desire for more spacious cars and houses is canceling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport.

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE

People Who Are Stressed Pay Less Attention to Climate Change Images

Organizations campaigning to raise awareness of climate change should think carefully about where and when they broadcast their messages.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE

First Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Is Reported

Activists worry that the spill, which did not threaten waterways, is just the first of others to come.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

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