As frozen land burns, Siberia trembles

Northeastern Siberia is a place where people take Arctic temperatures in stride. But 100-degree days are another matter entirely.
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Great Salt Lake is shrinking fast. Scientists demand action before it becomes a toxic dustbin

Great Salt Lake is also known as America's Dead Sea -- owing to a likeness to its much smaller Middle Eastern counterpart -- but scientists worry the moniker could soon take new meaning.

'No one is safe': How the heatwave has battered the wealthy world

Floods swept Germany, fires ravaged the American West and another heat wave loomed, driving home the reality that the world’s richest nations remain unprepared for the intensifying consequences of climate change.

Editorial: The Times view on flooding and drought: Action on Climate

The scenes of devastation caused by this week’s storms in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are harrowing. More than 120 people are confirmed dead, and over 1,000 are still missing. Across parts of

Maine bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ under groundbreaking new law

State is the first to enact a broad ban of PFAS compounds, which are found in everything from cosmetics to cookware

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Allergies in our warming world are nothing to sneeze at, Peter Dykstra of Environmental Health News tells Host Steve Curwood in this week's Beyond the Headlines segment. Also, a glimmer of justice for slain indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, and in the history calendar, a look back almost 200 years to a landmark animal cruelty law in Britain.


Should this city’s response to lead in water be a national model?

Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet. Published by the Institute on the Environment.

Officials pull ‘emergency lever’ as Lake Powell plunges to new low

The West's second-largest reservoir could be at risk of losing the ability to generate hydropower as officials rush to fill it.

As Massachusetts pursues ambitious climate goals, it continues to promote fossil fuels

Massachusetts has ambitious climate goals, and not a lot of time to achieve them, which has some clean energy and climate experts questioning why a state program continues to promote fossil fuels with cash incentives for oil and gas home heating systems.

Seashells are all around us — from beaches to buildings to toothpaste

In The Sound of the Sea, environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett explores the history and science of shells.

City of Key West plans to resist state interference in local votes to limit cruise ships

Following the enactment of a state law striking down Key West’s voter-approved limits on cruise ships, city officials and residents will meet Monday to decide how to fight back. Key West voters adopted three referenda last November to cut back on cruise ship traffic in their port and the number of passengers that come ashore […]

Forests support jobs and encourage biodiversity, but face threats

A number of organizations are attempting to protect forests with initiatives focused on replanting and conservation.

Climate, the campaign and the conventions

Something that speaks volumes about the environment's low-level standing in American politics is how the environment wasn't spoken about in volumes at this week's Democratic National Convention.

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LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

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Ocean plastic pollution

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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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