Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet

By making us more aware of the nature around us, COVID-19 lockdowns could inspire us to fight back against climate disaster.
Print Friendly and PDF

Indoor farming start-up AppHarvest joins the SPAC craze to go public

An indoor farming start-up contends it reflects both the opportunity and the necessity for indoor farming as the world experiences the realities of climate change alongside a growing population.


Native American Monacan capital among 11 most endangered historic sites

If two Virginia counties have their way, a low-lying stub of forest jutting into the James River will host a small water pumping station to meet the needs of their growing populations.


In Nicaragua, Forests and Indigenous Communities Face Threats

After a brutal crackdown on dissent in 2018, deforestation and local conflict have intensified. Who's to blame?

How climate migration will reshape America

Millions will be displaced in the coming decades by fires, hurricanes, extreme heat and rising seas. Where will they go?

Matthew Yglesias thinks there should be 'one billion Americans'

In his new book, the journalist and co-founder of Vox argues that dramatic population growth could revitalize the nation.

Wildfires are worsening. The way we manage them isn't keeping pace

Millions of Americans are moving into wildfire-prone areas outside of cities, and communities often resist restrictions on development.


Robin Maynard: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals depends on reducing birth rates faster

The progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals have been released, and Population Matters show the folly of ignoring population size.

Karachi's woes from the lens of an urban planner, a demographer and a water expert

Monsoon rains have, for decades now, flooded parts of Karachi, but this year almost the entire city was brought to its knees.

A new COVID documentary explores who is to blame for the pandemic

“How to Stop the Next Pandemic,” a Times documentary, reveals how your choices make future pandemics more likely.

Tanzania to restore urban green spaces

Like many other cities in the world, Africa's fast-growing metropolis Dar es Salaam has lost most of its green cover to concrete jungles.


Climate change, urban conditions will fuel extreme heat in Phoenix

New study merges city data on greenhouse gas emissions, urban development-induced temperature changes and population growth.


US cities could face nearly 30 times more exposure to extreme heat by 2100, study finds

Many US cities could see locally-defined extreme heat exposure increase by 13-30 times as compared to the start of this century by 2100, according to new findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Three thirsty Texas cities are global leaders in water innovation

In Texas, a state that knows no bounds of economic ambition but is regularly disciplined by deep droughts, three big cities are globally significant innovators in water planning, technology, and use.


When it rains, Texas forgets drought and worsening water scarcity

In Texas, dry years reveal a momentous confrontation as residents encounter the menacing consequence of runaway growth.
From our Newsroom

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.