In California’s Central Valley, the Plan to Build More Solar Faces a Familiar Constraint: The Need for More Power Lines
The state could embrace “policy synergy” to deploy solar in areas transitioning out of agriculture, but the transmission lines must come first.
By Emma Foehringer Merchant
At the UN Water Conference, Running to Keep Up with an Ambitious 2030 Goal for Universal Water Rights
Delegates met on water issues for the first time in 46 years, with climate change making action ever more urgent. In some regions, progress must quadruple to provide clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.
By Delaney Dryfoos
America’s Forests Are ‘Present and Vanishing at the Same Time’
The nation’s forests stand at the juncture of “nostalgia and progress,” beloved but threatened now by the ravages of climate change.
By Kiley Bense
Republicans Propose Nationwide Offshore Wind Ban, Citing Unsubstantiated Links to Whale Deaths
By Kristoffer Tigue
A Proposed Utah Railway Could Quadruple Oil Production in the Uinta Basin, if Colorado Communities Don’t Derail the Project
By Wyatt Myskow
This Giant Truck Shows Clean Steel Is Possible. So When Will the US Start Producing It?
By Dan Gearino
Climate Change Enables the Spread of a Dangerous Flesh-Eating Bacteria in US Coastal Waters, Study Says
By Jon Hurdle
Women Are Less Likely to Buy Electric Vehicles Than Men. Here’s What’s Holding Them Back
By Jessica Kutz, The 19th
Wildfires in Northern Forests Broke Carbon Emissions Records in 2021
By Emma Foehringer Merchant
Citing ‘Racial Cleansing,’ Louisiana ‘Cancer Alley’ Residents Sue Over Zoning
By James Bruggers
A New White House Plan Prioritizes Using the Ocean’s Power to Fight Climate Change
By Bob Berwyn
The Immortals: Greenhouse Gases That Live Forever
Something in the Water: Regulators Say Growing Crops With Oil Wastewater Is Safe, But Evidence Is Scant
Pipe Dreams: Is Carbon Capture a Climate Solution or a Dangerous Distraction?
Food Shocks: Climate Change and the Coming Famines
Solar Opposites: A Standoff Over Renewable Energy in Rural America
The Superfund Next Door: Toxins & Mistrust in Atlanta
Bag It: The Plastics Crisis
The Fifth Crime: The Campaign to Make “Ecocide” an International Crime
Gaslit: The Costs of Flaring and Venting Natural Gas by Fossil Fuel Companies
Noxious Neighbors: The Hidden Dangers of Heated Tanks Storing Asphalt and Other Heavy Fuels
Sowing Risk: How Big Banks’ Investment in Agriculture Fuels the Climate Crisis.
Power Switch: Lessons From Germany’s Energy Revolution
Hot Molecules: Low Hanging Super Greenhouse Gases
Superfund Super Threats: Toxic Sites at Climate Risk Near You
Anti-Scientists: A Contrarian Minority’s Suspect Work
American Climate: The Future is Already Here
Fumes in South Portland: The Oil Storage Tanks Next Door
Dangers Without Borders: Is the Military Ready for Warming?
Harvesting Peril: Extreme Weather on the American Farm
Finding Middle Ground: Climate Conversations Across America
New IPCC Report Shows the ‘Climate Time Bomb Is Ticking,’ Says UN Secretary General António Guterres
The latest climate science assessment warns—once again—that global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius would be devastating for Earth’s people and ecosystems.
Politics & Policy
From Gas Wells to Rubber Ducks to Incineration, the Plastics Lifecycle Causes ‘Horrific Harm’ to the Planet and People, Report Shows
With plastic production expected to triple by 2060, a scientific commission this week recommended banning or severely restricting the manufacture and use of unnecessary plastics.
Flood-Prone Communities in Virginia May Lose a Lifeline if Governor Pulls State Out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Activists Slam Biden Administration for Reversing Climate and Equity Guidance on Highway Expansions
The “Fix It First” memo, which was replaced last month, urged states to repair roads before expanding them and to weigh projects with global warming and equity in mind.
Fossil Fuel Executives See a ‘Golden Age’ for Gas, If They Can Brand It as ‘Clean’
At an industry conference, top executives lamented they had “lost the narrative” on natural gas, and outlined an effort to sell their product as the “cleanest energy in the world.”
These Small- and Medium-Sized States Punch Above Their Weight in Renewable Energy Generation
While Texas and California lead the country in wind and solar, several others leap ahead once we take into account each state’s land area.