A sprawling Superfund site has contaminated Lavaca Bay. Now, it’s threatened by climate change

The closed Alcoa aluminum plant on the Texas Gulf Coast is among 945 Superfund locations imperiled by intensifying hurricanes, floods, storms surges and wildfires.
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Exxon touts carbon capture as a climate fix, but uses it to maximize profit and keep oil flowing

Sprawled across the arid expanse of southwestern Wyoming is one of the world's largest carbon capture plants, a hulking jumble of pipes, compressors and exhaust flues operated by ExxonMobil.

Battered, flooded and submerged: many Superfund sites are dangerously threatened by climate change

The Obama administration directed the EPA to focus on climate-related threats. Now, the Trump administration refuses to even use the word.

Trump Administration moves to open Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging

The vast wilderness area is a prime hunting and fishing ground. Indigenous groups say removing Roadless Rule protections would harm them—and the environment.

The warming climates of the Arctic and the tropics squeeze the mid-latitudes, where most people live

For humans, the mid-latitudes are Earth's climate sweet spots, where much of civilization, including cities and key food production areas, have developed. But those zones are increasingly being pummeled by climate change from both the north and south.

In Maine, Collins’ loyalty to Trump has dissolved climate activists’ support

Money has poured in from around the country to fund Democratic challenger Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

Senate 2020: In Colorado, where climate matters, Hickenlooper is favored to unseat Gardner

The GOP incumbent is linked to Trump, while the moderate, pro-fracking, former Democratic governor is called “Frackenlooper” by progressives.

With record heat, climate is a big deal in Arizona, but it may not sway voters

Both candidates are former combat pilots and neither favors the Green New Deal. But Democrat Kelly is edging out GOP incumbent McSally.

Senate 2020: With record heat, climate is a big deal in Arizona, but it may not sway voters

Both candidates are former combat pilots and neither favors the Green New Deal. But Democrat Kelly is edging out GOP incumbent McSally.

Senate 2020: In Montana, big sky country, climate change is playing a role in a crucial toss-up race

Whether Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock prevails will help decide control of the Senate, and he and Republican Steve Daines are both touting their environmental creds.

Senate 2020: In storm-torn North Carolina, an embattled republican tries a climate-friendly image

Sen. Thom Tillis no longer denies climate science, but he is trailing a Democrat who says the state needs stronger environmental leadership.

Huge western fires in 1910 changed us wildfire policy. Will today’s conflagrations do the same?

As vast and fast wildfires continue to spread almost unprecedented destruction across America's three Pacific states, fire scientists, meteorologists and journalists have begun comparing the conflagrations to one firestorm 110 years ago.

Senate 2020: Iowa farmers are feeling the effects of climate change. That could make things harder for Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst was a rising GOP star who got her start with backing from the Koch brothers, but her support for Trump and continued denial of climate science might alienate the state's key independent voters.

Boston progressives expand the Green New Deal to include justice concerns and pandemic recovery

A year and a half ago, after the Green New Deal resolutions were introduced in Washington, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu posed an ambitious question to the large local climate community: "What could the city do in the vacuum of federal leadership?"

Video: As Covid-19 hinders city efforts to protect residents from the heat, community groups step in

In Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, volunteers in the "cool streets" program invent ways to throw shade on the ground and mist in the air to beat the heat.

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Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world

"When we lie on the beach, we're not only lying on a bed of sand but a bed of plastics."

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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