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For the past 200 years, a rapidly rising population has consumed the earth's resources, ruined the environment, and started wars. But humanity is about to trade one population bomb for another, and now scientists and policymakers are waking up to a new reality: The world is on the precipice of decline, and possible extinction.

Study using DNA analysis reveals not only are statues on these distant islands connected, but inhabitants too.

Presaging “hundreds of millions" of climate change refugees, Turkey's president said at the U.N. General Assembly that the world needs to find a way to contend with its existing refugees who are fleeing conflict.

Farmers in Guatemala are facing rapidly deteriorating crop conditions, triggered by extended periods of drought followed by torrential rains, and more catastrophic weather events as the climate warms. Climatologists warn it will only get worse, and disproportionately impact impoverished countries.

Azmal Hossan joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss climate change and the ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

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The potential remedies for the state's drought-related problems are diverse, complicated and divisive.

A study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland shows that a large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is linked to threatened indigenous languages.

A generation facing an intractable problem debates whether to bring a new generation into the world.

Millions of people forced to leave their homes because of severe drought and powerful cyclones are at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking over the coming decades, a new report warns.

If you’re looking to move somewhere in the U.S. to ride out the climate apocalypse, bad news: The list is growing shorter.
Water crises in urban areas aren't just caused by scarcity, but by technological, social and economic factors.
California produces much of America’s food—and now a drought and a pandemic have put the system on edge.

An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests.

When environmental disasters strike, those already discriminated against can be hit hardest. But marginalized communities can also set a model for resilience.

During the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, when I started writing this essay, my native Bangladesh was confronting the COVID-19 pandemic with a nationwide lockdown.

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Growth along the state’s shorelines means more people face risks from rises in sea levels, which threaten to increase the severity of extreme weather and bring storm surges farther inland.

With almost 1 million inhabitants, the Polish city of Krakow has a problem with air quality, and pollution is being fought on all fronts.

President Biden on Monday used his first Western swing to hold out the wildfires burning across the region as an argument for his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plans, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate reality that can no longer be ignored.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found.

Spanish troops are assisting firefighters battling a raging blaze that has emptied out Andalusian villages and burned through forest land for days.

The homes HUD sells are disproportionately located in flood-prone places, compared with Zillow records of all homes sold in the United States, and the agency does not fully disclose the potential costs and dangers of living in harm's way.

Rapid climate change threatens to leave hundreds of millions of people displaced on Australia's doorstep in southeast Asia in coming decades.

The tribes say federal agencies have failed to support their adaptation efforts, despite knowing for decades about sea level rise and climate change threats.

Travelers, tour guides and service workers share how years of record-high tourism are reshaping destinations in ways that may change them forever.

Like Katrina before it, the storm may make living conditions untenable in hard-hit areas
At a private underground well in Amman, Imad Suleiman waits for hours to pump water into the container on his truck that he then sells on to private customers in the sprawling city of four million.

After Hurricane Ida, Native Americans confront loss of homes, income, sacred sites.

The continent’s second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.

A half century after the Everglades were drained, the region's population has soared to 8 million, and South Floridians are realizing they could run out of water very soon.

For decades, farm labor has kept unincorporated communities alive throughout the Central Valley. But the drought is making it hard to stay.

Some Hurricane Ida survivors may have no choice but to leave. Sooner or later, people across the country will be in the same bind.

Sir Partha Dasgupta in February published a landmark review into the "economics of biodiversity" – how the world can find value in nature instead of profiting from its destruction.