“Over half of the people who used to grow crops here can’t do it anymore”

Canyon de Chelly, part of Navajo Nation lands in Arizona, has been suffering from worsening droughts.
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Nearly half of the U.S. is in drought. It may get worse

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

Conflict over U.S.-Mexico water treaty escalates as farmers take La Boquilla dam

Tensions between Mexico and the United States over water intensified this month as hundreds of Mexican farmers seized control of La Boquilla dam in protest over mandatory water releases.

A ‘crossroads’ for humanity: Earth’s biodiversity is still collapsing

Countries have made insufficient progress on international goals designed to halt a catastrophic slide, a new report found.

Paul Wallis: Like living? Fix the water crisis before it fixes you

This mismanaged world now has a water crisis to deal with, as well as everything else. As usual, the problem was predicted, and as usual, nobody did anything about it. Crunch time is expected to be around 2050.

In a cross-state aquifer spat, a view of a water-stressed future

Mississippi sued Memphis over its use of a deep aquifer. A possibly paradigm-shifting Supreme Court decision looms.

Water serves length and breadth of $1.9 trillion Texas economy

One big change in conserving water in Texas is the transition from thirsty fossil fuel electrical generation to renewable energy, which use scant amounts of water. Texas is a national leader in renewable energy.

What could drive humans to extinction?

What if human extinction is a looming reality? In fact, researchers around the world spend their days grappling with this very possibility, and how we might avoid it.


Where will everyone go?

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found.

A long-simmering water battle comes to a boil in Southern California

The Colorado makes life possible in the American West and nowhere is that more true than California's Imperial Valley.

Remarkable drop in Colorado River water use a sign of climate adaptation

Use of Colorado River water in the three states of the river’s lower basin fell to a 33-year low in 2019.

Will COVID-19 inspire the world to provide poor people with clean water?

Handwashing can prevent many diseases, if you have easy access to soap and water. Some three billion people don’t.

Lake Powell Pipeline hits ‘an important milestone’ with roll out of environmental study

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact statement for the Lake Powell Pipeline project Monday and encourages the public to submit comments on the study between now and early September.

Climate change is going to hit Palestine particularly hard

Global warming will exacerbate the Israel-Palestine conflict. But the conflict will also exacerbate the effects of global warming.
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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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