Drought and heat together menace American West

Climate change really is a burning issue. Simultaneous drought and heat are increasingly likely for more of the American West.

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Increasingly arid future faces the American West

Climate change will take its toll of the US. The evidence repeatedly points to an ever more arid future for the American West.


Michael Moore climate change film accused of inaccuracies and outdated science

A new film produced by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore criticising the environmental movement has been accused of a series of inaccuracies and outdated claims.

Vietnam introduces law aimed at fighting climate change

Vietnam has introduced legislation to advance its greenhouse gas reduction goals as per the Paris climate accord, decreasing worries the fast-growing nation’s reliance on coal would stymie those efforts.

Teenage 'Anti-Greta' to confront climate change activists at conference in America

America is about to be introduced to a climate change sceptic dubbed the "anti-Greta".

Our children await a radioactive legacy

After 70 years of building and operating nuclear power plants across the world, governments are bequeathing to future generations a radioactive legacy, says a group of independent experts.

Extinction Rebellion: Washington climate change protest boat cut apart

The massive demonstration in US capital was timed to coincide with a UN climate summit in New York.

The fight for environmental justice in America’s segregated cities

Abolitionist climate justice is an evolving movement that aims to tackle the disparate effects of climate change across race and class

Butterfly numbers fell by one third in the US over last two decades

Butterfly numbers have dropped by one third in the last two decades in the US, echoing declines seen in Europe. These figures raise alarm bells for the health of other insect populations, because butterflies face similar environmental changes and are used as a proxy for studying insects in general.

Salk Institute develops ideal plant that offers a solution to climate change

California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies is developing a plant that can store excess carbon dioxide in its roots, in a bid to curb the effects of climate change.

The US is responsible for 26% of global warming emissions & is morally responsible to help solve it

Is America to blame for global warming? Yes, it has the single biggest slice of that ugly pie. The entire EU together is in the ballpark of shame.

100% clean energy and cars in 20 years is viable (but unlikely)

Ramping up renewable replacement of fossil fuels is viably scalable given the massive parallelization of deploying wind and solar.
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Locked doors, cancelled tours: US national parks suffer amid shutdown

As the early hours of the federal shutdown dawned at national parks, seashores and monuments around the nation, it quickly became apparent that many travelers would have to cancel or seriously scale back their visits owing to the lack of park service staff.

Flash floods increase as mercury climbs

Heavy rain must fall somewhere. The danger lies in where it falls and on what kind of terrain. As cities grow, the risk of flash floods rises.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

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.

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.

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.

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