T/environment

  1. We Have Climate Leaders. Now We Need Followers. Opinion, Yesterday

    To win over more nations, we need fixes with tangible benefits, like reducing local air pollution and cutting energy costs.

  2. 2019: The Year in Climate Change Interactive, Yesterday

    The biggest climate stories you might have missed — but still have time to read.

  3. The Party That Ruined the Planet Opinion, December 12

    Republican climate denial is even scarier than Trumpism.

  4. His Novels of Planetary Devastation Will Make You Want to Survive Magazine, December 12

    Jeff VanderMeer, the author of “Annihilation,” brings us fresh horrors with each new book. So why does he remain an optimist?

  5. Trump Mocks Greta Thunberg on Twitter, and She Jabs Back U.S., December 12

    The 16-year-old climate activist changed her Twitter biography to read, “a teenager working on her anger management problem,” after the president tossed that accusation at her.

  6. Want a Bigger Say on Corporate Behavior? Move Your Money Business, December 12

    Millions of people have a stake in corporate America through mutual funds. But you may be surprised by how those funds are voting on your behalf.

  7. It’s a Vast, Invisible Climate Menace. We Made It Visible. Interactive, December 12

    Immense amounts of methane are escaping from oil and gas sites nationwide, worsening global warming, even as the Trump administration weakens restrictions on offenders.

  8. One Thing Your City Can Do: Reduce Food Waste Climate, December 11

    Also this week, the U.N. climate talks in Madrid

  9. Greta Thunberg Is Time Person of the Year for 2019 Business, December 11

    The 16-year-old from Stockholm rose to global prominence this year with her impassioned pleas for governments to take far-reaching action to avert climate catastrophe.

  10. ‘The Tipping Point I Dread the Most’ Opinion, December 11

    The melting of the Arctic permafrost.

  11. The Most-Read Food Stories of 2019 Food, December 10

    From articles on climate change to a review of a Brooklyn institution, the most popular stories this year were ones that prompted reader discussion.

  12. Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes Climate, December 10

    A senior Interior Department official broke ethics rules when he met with his former employer to discuss Interior business, the inspector general said.

  13. Climate Change Is Ravaging the Arctic, Report Finds Climate, December 10

    It was another very warm year in the region, leading to low winter sea ice and growing concerns over sea level rise.

  14. New York Loses Climate Change Fraud Case Against Exxon Mobil Climate, December 10

    A state judge ruled in favor of Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit claiming the company committed fraud in its accounting for the costs of climate change.

  15. France to Partner with Brazil States on Amazon, Bypassing Bolsonaro World, December 9

    France and a group of Brazilian states plan to announce a partnership to preserve the Amazon rainforest, bypassing Brazil’s federal government after a spat between the presidents of the two countries.

  16. The Parable of the Sick Pig and the Lonely Rooster Opinion, December 9

    I still believe that living gently on the land will produce an ecological paradise. I also fear the global collapse of agriculture.

  17. El muro de Donald Trump pone en riesgo la naturaleza en Español, December 9

    Mientras lees esto, se están levantando enormes paredes de concreto en la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos que atraviesan refugios de vida silvestre y espacios naturales.

  18. The Great Recycling Con Video, December 9

    The greatest trick companies ever played was making us think we could recycle their products.

  19. As Water Runs Low, Can Life in the Outback Go On? World, December 8

    In Australia’s vast interior, rivers and lakes are disappearing. “We’re starting to glimpse what the future is going to be like,” one scientist said.

  20. The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change. Opinion, December 7

    The same tools that fixed the ozone hole — science, innovation and international action — can address it.

  21. Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen: Why Beauty Is So Important to Us Interactive, December 7

    Achieving a higher purpose is what fills our lives with beauty.

  22. World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds Climate, December 7

    A new report found that oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by 2 percent over 50 years, threatening marine life around the planet.

  23. ‘En la Amazonía no hay ley’: el bosque tropical en el primer año de Jair Bolsonaro en Español, December 6

    Con el actual gobierno de Brasil ha aumentado la deforestación en la selva tropical más grande del mundo, crucial para atenuar el impacto del cambio climático.

  24. Al acelerarse el cambio climático, el mundo está ‘peligrosamente cerca’ de cambios irreversibles en Español, December 6

    La aceleración de los efectos del cambio climático acerca al mundo a transformaciones abruptas e irreversibles, advierten los científicos.

  25. Jane Fonda: We Have to Live Like We’re in a Climate Emergency. Because We Are. Opinion, December 5

    I don’t want to look back and wonder what more I could have done to save our planet.

  26. California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change Climate, December 5

    The state's unusual decision exposes the insurance industry’s miscalculation of the cost of climate change.

  27. I Was a Border Patrol Agent. Our Walls Need to Be Torn Down. Opinion, December 5

    President Trump’s border wall is threatening species and reshaping entire fragile ecosystems.

  28. Carolyn Konheim, Foe of All That Befouled a City, Dies at 81 Obituaries, December 4

    Finding her sons’ clothes speckled with soot, a history teacher was transformed into an influential New York environmentalist with pollution in her sights.

  29. One Thing You Can Do: Be Smart About Holiday Lights Climate, December 4

    Also this week: air pollution in augmented reality, and new climate talks

  30. Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can’t Be Saved Climate, December 4

    A project to calculate the cost of raising roads shows that some places may not justify the vast expense, casting doubt on the future of those areas.

  31. What’s ‘Fair’ When It Comes to Carbon Emissions? Opinion, December 4

    The average American and Australian generates nearly 3½ times the global average of carbon dioxide pollution.

  32. Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change Climate, December 4

    The acceleration climate change's effects have brought the world “dangerously close” to abrupt and irreversible changes, scientists warned. 

  33. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades Climate, December 3

    Global consumption of coal declined unexpectedly this year, but a surge in oil and gas pushed up greenhouse gas emissions over all.

  34. See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s Interactive, December 2

    From the Bay Area to New Delhi, explore air pollution around the world.

  35. Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette to Lead Energy Department Climate, December 2

    The former lobbyist becomes President Trump’s second energy secretary, succeeding Rick Perry.

  36. Darren Aronofsky: Greta Thunberg Is the Icon the Planet Desperately Needs Opinion, December 2

    Images of the young activist from Sweden set off a whole movement. But her actions speak louder than a picture ever could.

  37. Teaching Resilience in the Face of Climate Change Well, December 2

    Federally funded programs use games, gardens and rain barrels to empower adults and kids facing threats like sea-level rise, drought and flooding.

  38. ‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles U.S., December 1

    Shade in Los Angeles sits at the intersection of two crises: climate change and income inequality. City officials are rushing to deploy cover to hundreds of bus stops and plant 90,000 trees.

  39. Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazil’s President About Amazon Fires World, November 30

    The actor and environmentalist released a statement on Saturday after President Jair Bolsonaro falsely accused him of funding the fires recently set in the Amazon rainforest.

  40. John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition Climate, November 30

    John Kerry and a group that includes some Republicans, some military members and a lot of Hollywood, are launching a new coalition to push for public action on climate change.

  41. Brazil’s Leader Falsely Blames Leonardo DiCaprio for Amazon Fires World, November 30

    President Jair Bolsonaro falsely claimed that the actor had financed the fires, his latest broadside to shift blame.

  42. Warming Waters, Moving Fish: How Climate Change Is Reshaping Iceland Climate, November 29

    Ocean temperatures are on the rise and warming waters are causing fish to swim for their lives, causing financial disruption and international conflicts. 

  43. Ice Sculpture Steals Show at U.K. Climate Debate That Boris Johnson Skips World, November 28

    A melting block of sculpted ice stood in for a missing prime minister at a televised debate, infuriating Conservatives.

  44. One Thing You Can Do: Sustainable Holiday Shopping Climate, November 27

    Also this week, better weather forecasts for the masses

  45. We Can Do This Opinion, November 27

    What a clean-energy economy looks like.

  46. ‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks Climate, November 26

    Countries agreed to rein in emissions in an effort to avert climate catastrophes. They've failed, according to the latest United Nations report.

  47. India’s Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much Interactive, November 25

    Decades of short-sighted government policies are leaving millions of Indians defenseless in the age of climate disruptions – especially the country’s poor.

  48. Supreme Court Acts in Campaign Finance and Libel Cases U.S., November 25

    The court also turned away an appeal from Adnan Syed, whose case was the subject of the first season of the podcast “Serial.”

  49. 82 Days Underwater: The Tide Is High, but They’re Holding On U.S., November 24

    A brutal “king tides” season made worse by climate change has flooded the streets of a Florida Keys community for nearly three months.

  50. Climate Change Protesters Disrupt Yale-Harvard Football Game U.S., November 23

    Demonstrators stormed the field during halftime, causing the game to be delayed for about an hour. The Yale police issued 42 summonses for disorderly conduct.

  51. Stuck in Arctic Ice, Dodging Polar Bears. All for Science. Climate, November 22

    An international research team is now adrift about 300 miles from the North Pole. It’s for a yearlong expedition to study the Arctic’s changing climate.

  52. His White House Engulfed, Trump Keeps California in the Cross Hairs Climate, November 22

    Aides describe the president as obsessed with narrow policies that affect California, even as an impeachment inquiry threatens his administration.

  53. Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Apologizes for Holocaust Remarks World, November 21

    In an interview in Germany, Roger Hallam said of the massacre of millions of Jews during World War II, “This is an almost normal event.”

  54. A Wet Year Causes Farm Woes Far Beyond the Floodplains Climate, November 21

    Last year was the wettest on record for the United States and flooded towns got much attention in the spring, but farm statistics show longer-lasting effects.

  55. ‘I’m 17 Years Old, and I’m Terrified’: The Issues Our Readers Hope Come Up at the Democratic Debate Reader Center, November 20

    Ahead of the Democratic debate on Wednesday, we asked Times readers what issues they most wanted the presidential candidates to discuss, and why.

  56. Climate Warnings: Don’t Blame the Scientists Opinion, November 20

    Climate change experts take issue with a Sunday Review essay that said scientists got it wrong. Also: Young mothers.

  57. One Thing You Can Do: Know Your Climate Facts Climate, November 20

    Also this week, guarding Arctic researchers from polar bears

  58. Dear Debate Moderators … Opinion, November 20

    Please don’t start with Medicare.

  59. What if All That Flying Is Good for the Planet? Opinion, November 19

    Without tourism, it’s easy to imagine the Serengeti turned into cattle ranches.

  60. As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers Climate, November 19

    A fight in Virginia Beach demonstrates the hard choices cities face when the pressure for new homes collides with the rising toll of natural disasters.

  61. California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions Climate, November 18

    California, hitting back at automakers that sided with President Trump, will not buy from manufacturers that do not recognize its authority to set emissions standards.

  62. Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Rose Sharply on Bolsonaro’s Watch World, November 18

    President Jair Bolsonaro has scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, mining and farming, which have led to widespread destruction in the world’s largest rainforest.

  63. Apocalypse Got You Down? Maybe This Will Help Sunday Review, November 15

    Searching for a cure for my climate crisis grief.

  64. Nestlé Says It Can Be Virtuous and Profitable. Is That Even Possible? Business, November 15

    The world’s largest food company is trying to show it can be environmentally sustainable and still make money. Activists are skeptical.

  65. Trump and His Party of Pollution Opinion, November 14

    Environmental destruction may be their biggest legacy.

  66. Sanders’s Climate Ambitions Thrill Supporters. Experts Aren’t Impressed. Climate, November 14

    Bernie Sanders' plan to tackle climate change would nationalize power plants and end fossil fuels. His supporters are thrilled. Climate experts are not.