Environment

Firefighters set a backfire to protect homes in California

Indian and Californian Politics Are Both Playing With Fire

Environmental crisis has become caught up in petty struggles.

Residents of the Galápagos Islands hold a demonstration outside the court where the crew of a Chinese-flagged ship confiscated by the Ecuadorian Navy is attending a hearing, on Aug. 25, 2017.

China’s Hunger for Seafood Is Now Latin America’s Problem

Massively in debt to Beijing, countries in the region can’t stand up to China to protect their coasts.

A man walks along a street near India Gate amid heavily polluted conditions in New Delhi on Dec. 6, 2019.

Welcome to the Final Battle for the Climate

The great powers have taken big steps to fight global warming. Now attention turns to the rest of the world.

Abandoned machinery in Pulacayo, a former mining center in Bolivia

Clean Energy Can’t Have Dirty Roots

Securing human rights in the supply chain of critical minerals is vital for a green future.

Chinese workers ride a boat through a large floating solar farm project in Anhui province on June 13, 2017.

Beijing Is Winning the Clean Energy Race

The technology to build new green economies is mostly produced in China. That’s bad for the United States.

Art for the Global Goals campaign at Liu Bolin Studio in Beijing on Aug. 28, 2015.

The World’s Sustainable Development Goals Aren’t Sustainable

There are big problems with the most important metric used to assess progress toward the U.N.'s environmental goals.

China's President Xi Jinping waves to delegates as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square on October 28, 2013 in Beijing.

Did Xi Just Save the World
?

In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

A demonstrator wears a bee mask during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Paris on May 4, 2019.

Repairing Humanity’s Relationship With the Planet Will Be Cheaper Than Continuing to Let It Slide

The choice is simple: accept devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks or secure a sustainable future at a fraction of the cost.

The nearly empty A3 highway near Leverkusen, western Germany, on April 19 amid the pandemic.

Lockdowns Have Been Amazing for the Environment, but COVID-19 Won’t Heal the Planet

Blue skies, clear water, thriving wildlife—nature has regenerated thanks to global lockdowns. How can we make the effect last?

The sun sets on a polluted day in Beijing on Jan. 18.

The Chinese Communist Party Is an Environmental Catastrophe

Political ambitions make China’s emissions growth inevitable even as the economy falters.

A used fuel barrel sits in the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi, on May 22, 2011.

After Decades of Wrong Predictions, Oil May Finally Be Peaking

Thanks to the pandemic, demand is flattening faster than expected. In turn, the energy economy could transform sooner rather than later.

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?