Environment

Berta Caceres Protest 2018

In Honduras, a Journalist Explores an Activist’s Murder

A conversation with Nina Lakhani, author of “Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet”

The Wilmington ARCO refinery

The Myth of America’s Green Growth

A celebrated new book shows U.S. capitalism doesn’t need to damage the planet. One problem: Its data is flawed.

A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Green Energy’s Dirty Side Effects

The global transition to renewables could lead to human rights abuses and risks exacerbating inequalities between the West and the developing world.

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant pose for portraits on Feb. 23, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power

In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.

Climate activists protest in New York City on Oct. 22, 2019.

Earth Day at 50 Reveals What’s Missing in Climate Change Fight

The Earth Day jubilee is reason to celebrate the dramatic progress in cleaning up the environment—and draw the right lessons for the fight against climate change.

Signs opposing fracking

Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy

The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.

Leading Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, seen here at a debate on Feb. 25, are all proposing energy policies that could curtail the American energy boom.

Democrats Threaten Energy Rollback

Markets might get jittery as bids by Biden, Sanders, and Warren to restrict fossil fuels move a bit closer to reality.

A vendor sells bats at the Tomohon meat market in Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Feb. 8.

The Coronavirus Could Finally Kill the Wild Animal Trade

The outbreak may be the push needed to help prevent zoonotic diseases.

Seedlings dot the landscape near the Soviet-era Karen Demirchyan Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, in October 2019 during a tree planting event organized by the Armenian Tree Project to commemorate the Armenian genocide.

Make Armenia Green Again

Can planting 10 million trees shore up the country’s borders and save its environment?

Eldred Davis protests the New England Clean Energy Connect corridor

Canada’s Not-So-Green Green Energy

Hydropower may be the future of Canadian power, but it won’t bring the environmental benefits many proponents tout.

A road snakes through the Atewa forest in Ghana on Sept. 5, 2019. The road was built by the Ghanaian government to allow researchers to sample soil ahead of the start of mining operations.

Ghana’s Bauxite Boom

Chinese investment has led to a crush of infrastructure development in Ghana’s tropical forests—and not everyone is happy about it.

A ship spewing heavy smoke is pictured on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on April 21, 2009.

In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.

Chloe Cushman illustration for Foreign Policy

How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

A view of the platform of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea from the Israeli northern coastal city of Caesarea on Dec. 19, 2019.

The World’s Next Energy Bonanza

Even more than fracking, tapping oceanic methane hydrates could soon upend the global energy landscape.

A protester walks past barricades in Haiti.

10 Important Stories You Might Have Missed in 2019

China’s designs in space, a drought crisis in southern Africa, and other stories you may have missed during this year’s chaotic and nonstop news cycle.

A crane lifts miners out of the shaft of a coal mine as workers break for lunch near the village of Latyrke near Lad Rymbai, in the district of East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, India, on April 13, 2011.

Return to the Rat Hole

Coal mining has been reopened in the Indian state of Meghalaya, but it isn’t clear that government protections will improve life for workers or help the environment.

A fishbone lies on a dry part of the bed of the River Loire in western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe.

5 Charts That Help Explain the State of the Environment in 2019

The world is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change, but politicians are finally starting to pay attention.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day in Oberhausen, Germany, on Jan. 6, 2017.

Green Deal, Greener World

Unlike the U.S. Democrats’ Green New Deal, the European Union’s version is technically feasible. Because of that, it could do much more to pave the way for future environmental gains.

View of a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, the capital of the Brazilian state of Rondônia, on Aug. 26.

After Brazil’s Summer of Fire, the Militarization of the Amazon Remains

Bolsonaro sent the troops to put out the flames, but now they may be looking to other enemies.

At least three barges and one ship, the Courier, ran aground after they broke free from their moorings during Hurricane Gustav in New Orleans on Sept. 2, 2008.

Climate Change Is Coming for Global Trade

As sea levels rise and storms become fiercer, container shipping could be in for major disruptions.