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- Feb 16 201710 minutes
When Climate Change Starts Wars: Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia.
The Kyrgyz soldier stepped quietly out of the dark green bushes and swung his Kalashnikov rifle in the direction of our car. Another emerged and did the same. Their checkpoint was a skinny log dragged across a broken asphalt road heading toward an et
- Jan 4 20176 minutes
Earth's Oceans Are Steadily Warming
Another study argues there was no sea-surface slowdown in warming.
- Nov 28 20163 minutes
Trump’s Presidency Could Mean the End of a Livable Climate
THE THOUSANDS OF DIPLOMATS AND activists who gathered at the annual U.N. climate summit, held this year in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 7, must have thought the hard work was over. Just days earlier, the Paris Agreement, by far the most ambitious inte
- Jan 7 20177 minutes
The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science
Scientists have recently begun to re-examine a scary question: Will a crucial ocean current shut down?
- Jan 12 20177 minutes
The Hermit Who Inadvertently Shaped Climate-Change Science
Billy Barr moved to the Rocky Mountains four decades ago, got bored one winter, and decided to keep a notebook that has become the stuff of legend.
- Oct 10 20163 minutes
California’s Recycling Industry Is in the Dumps
Low prices for scrap drive recyclers out of business | “There’s been a massive crisis and a massive failure to respond”
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Forget organic. Clothing and textile makers are turning to so-called Better Cotton, sustainably raised and cheaper
- Jan 11 20173 minutes
Rex Tillerson Says Climate Change Is Real, but …
The former oilman downplayed humanity’s responsibility for raising the global thermostat on Wednesday.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Rooftop Solar Clouds Up
Can panel providers pivot from growth to profits?
- Sep 26 20162 minutes
The Benefits of Protecting the Oceans
Even as more marine tracts are preserved, fishing and conservation can co-exist
- Oct 17 20161 minute
‘Clean Coal’ Is Far From Clean
And, despite what Trump said in the debate, it isn’t likely to save miners’ jobs either
- Jul 17 20163 minutes
My Rap Guide to Climate Change
Even though there’s virtually nothing you can do as an individual to combat climate change, the problem remains solvable. It’s almost like a riddle, the world’s thorniest challenge. In my new off-Broadway production, “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos” (now
- Oct 31 20161 minute
New Deal on Pollutants Caps Good Year for Climate Action
JUSTIN WORLAND CLIMATE NEGOTIATORS MEETING IN KIGALI, Rwanda, agreed on Oct. 15 to phase out pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The deal represents crucial progress toward meeting the goal of last year’s landmark Paris Agreement, which s
- Nov 14 20162 minutes
Matthew Philips President Obama’s environmental legacy went up in smoke the minute Donald Trump won. Obama has spent the past four years pursuing an aggressive regulatory agenda aimed at lowering the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, boosting green
- Oct 17 20161 minute
Canada Sets the Trend on Climate
A national carbon tax may be too low to reach the country’s Paris targets, but it’s a good start
- Oct 10 20163 minutes
Wind is the New Corn
In some of the poorest rural areas in the U.S., turbines are a fresh source of wealth | “Before, I raised corn and soybeans and cattle. Now I don’t. I’m a wind farmer”
- Feb 10 20177 minutes
How the New Climate Denial Is Like the Old Climate Denial
There has been a subtle shift recently in the rhetoric of many conservative pundits and politicians around climate change. For decades, the common refrain has been flat-out denial—either that climate change is not happening, or that any change is not
- Sep 25 20154 minutes
Are Museums the Perfect Climate Change Education Tool?
When Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the New York and New Jersey coastlines, in October 2012, the looming threat of climate change abruptly became personal for a large portion of the East Coast—specifically Miranda Massie, a former public-interest
- Oct 10 201617 minutes
Patagonia: For Climbing Everest, Diving the Great Barrier Reef, and Saving the Planet on a Beer Run
THE OUTDOOR APPAREL COMPANY HAS STARTED SELLING FOOD THAT’S HEALTHY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
- Jan 4 20177 minutes
The Republicans Who Want Trump to Fight Climate Change
Not everyone interested in curbing climate change is tearing their hair out about Donald Trump's election. Though the president-elect seems to be packing his administration with climate deniers and fossil fuel industry veterans, a small, unconvention
- Dec 21 201616 minutes
President Trump and the Unnatural World
David Biello, author of The Unnatural World, talks about the paradox of climate change in the Trumpocene.
- Jan 1 20171 minute
Trump And Tillerson: Conflict Ahead?
AT FIRST GLANCE, President-elect Donald Trump seems to be making his cabinet in his own image. Exhibit A, the theory goes, is Trump’s secretary of state nominee: Rex Tillerson. Like Trump, the Exxon Mobil CEO is well compensated, confident, and conte
- Oct 24 20163 minutes
Engineered Food Holds Our Future
ON THE OCCASIONAL clear-frost autumn night, my dog takes the opportunity to remind me that she is not a dog. Bewitched by sounds that I cannot hear and by smells that I cannot imagine, she plants her four feet stolidly apart and raises her head up to
- Sep 19 20161 minute
The Anthropocene Should Bring Awe—and Act as a Warning
JUSTIN WORLAND AS GEOLOGICAL EPOCHS HAVE COME AND gone throughout Earth’s vast history, shifts have often correlated with large-scale global changes like ice ages and mass extinctions. An asteroid hits the planet, wiping out the dinosaurs, and the C
- Dec 6 20164 minutes
Why Did Ivanka Summon Al Gore To Trump Tower?
The former vice president spoke with the president-elect about climate change—but that doesn’t mean anything yet.
- Dec 12 20161 minute
A Cabinet Pick Who’s Bad For Climate Policy
Ben Carson must acknowledge the threat global warming poses to American homes
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Donald Trump And The Triumph Of Climate-Change Denial
The science of man-made global warming has only grown more conclusive. So why have Republicans become less convinced it’s real over the past decade and a half?
- Dec 7 20167 minutes
Red States In The Hot Seat
Areas of the country Trump won by large margins are particularly vulnerable to the environmental devastation wrought by climate change.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
Climate Change Affects Every Issue Voters Face
The environment rarely polls high as a concern for the American electorate. It’s usually topped by health care, the economy, national security—all of which are valid concerns. But the largest environmental issue—climate change—is altering our voting
- Nov 7 201612 minutes
A Climate Hawk Among the Deniers
Republican entrepreneur Jay Faison wants to shift his party’s stance on climate change. He’s learning just how little good intentions and $175 million can buy