Environmental rights push could boost youth climate cases

State lawmakers across the country are trying to amend their constitutions to guarantee residents the right to a healthy environment. It could propel a flurry of legal cases against Big Oil.
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Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s what that means for climate and Big Oil

On the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden issued an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on his promise to the climate activists who helped get him elected. During a January 22 call to celebrate Biden's presidential victory, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced Canada's "disappointment" with Biden's decision.


Climate fight could doom efforts to make Big Oil pay

Attorneys for Big Oil and the city of Baltimore will square off next week in a Supreme Court battle that could change the trajectory of more than a dozen closely watched U.S. climate change lawsuits.

Amy Coney Barrett set to hear case against Shell, her Dad's employer for 29 years

The Supreme Court justice has not recused herself from a climate case against Big Oil, despite her family ties to one of the main defendants.

The stakes of Trump’s push to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic refuge

A majority of voters don’t support drilling in the Arctic refuge. Trump is doing it anyway.

Why the oil industry doesn't fear Biden

Unlike President Trump, who is an ally of the industry, Biden has emphasized the devastating cost of carbon emissions for the climate. Nonetheless, the oil industry sees the president-elect as open to compromise — and likely constrained by a Republican Senate.


Bill McKibben: Global warming by the numbers, because this week the reality is too much

In a few days, Hurricane Eta cost Honduras the equivalent of around twenty per cent of its G.D.P.—as Iota crashes into the same terrain, its residents are suffering an impossible fate.

Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well

Depending on how long and severe the economic crisis proves to be, it will take years for fossil fuel demand to recover.


How Big Oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled

An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.

Alberta’s oilsands owe Canadians far more than they can pay

Why 50 years of bitumen mining will add up to a money loser for taxpayers.

Defund or defend? In the fight over fossil fuel investments, who's winning?

Despite divestment victories, big banks and asset managers continue driving climate change through their lending practices.

Big Oil’s green makeover

Can BP master new disruptive technologies or will it go the way of typewriter makers?
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Science’s fallen hero

Meet Thomas Midgley, Jr., who solved science problems by making bigger ones.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

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