T/environment

  1. Brazil Amazon Deforestation Hits 12-Year High Under Bolsonaro Foreign, Today

    In 2020, destruction of the world’s largest rainforest rose 9.5 percent from a year earlier to about 4,280 square miles. That’s a little smaller than Connecticut.

  2. How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America Politics, November 28

    In statehouse races, suburban voters’ disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party’s grip on partisan mapmaking.

  3. E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance Climate, November 27

    As President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its regulatory rollbacks, agency staff, emboldened by the Biden victory, moves to stand in the way.

  4. Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Kids. Some Pay a Higher Price. Interactive, November 26

    Fires are making the state’s air more dangerous. How much that hurts depends largely on where you live and how much money your family has.

  5. Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says Climate, November 25

    An E.P.A. investigation has found that the owners of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have installed devices to defeat emissions controls and boost pollution.

  6. Restoring American Credibility Climate, November 25

    Also this week: Winter heating options, and the E.P.A. chief’s travel plans

  7. Alaska’s Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It Climate, November 25

    The immense project would have been one of the world’s largest gold and copper mines, but regulators found it “contrary to the public interest” due to environmental risks in the pristine Alaskan tundra.

  8. Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project Climate, November 25

    The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

  9. Outdoor Heaters Seem Like a Huge Waste. Are They Really? Climate, November 25

    Here are facts about heaters (for outside and inside) and climate change.

  10. Rise Up and Save Us, Joe Biden Op Ed, November 25

    There is no middle path when it comes to the climate emergency.

  11. G.M.’s relationship with Trump was strained before the automaker’s recent emissions decision. Business, November 24

  12. G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden Climate, November 23

    General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump’s effort to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.

  13. With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature Climate, November 23

    Mr. Biden said he would name Mr. Kerry to a cabinet-level climate post, a role laden with political and diplomatic challenges in the post-Trump era.

  14. Jane Goodall on Chimps, Presidents and Other Alpha Males Op Ed, November 23

    The 86-year-old primatologist says it takes more than having opposable thumbs to save our planet.

  15. G20 Summit Closes With Little Progress and Big Gaps Between Trump and Allies Washington, November 22

    World leaders committed to some efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the meeting illustrated the difficulty of carrying out an agenda when the United States is indifferent or hostile to many goals.

  16. A Push Emerges for the First Native American Interior Secretary Climate, November 20

    An expanding coalition of Native Americans, liberal activists and Democrats in Congress are demanding an American Indian Interior secretary, and they want Deb Haaland.

  17. Congress Seeks Answers on Alaskan Mine Project Climate, November 20

    House investigators are seeking records from the developers of the Pebble Mine project and the Army Corps of Engineers, to determine whether the company misrepresented its plans.

  18. Climate Change Is Making Winter Ice More Dangerous Climate, November 20

    A new study has found that cold-weather drownings are increasing sharply in warmer parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

  19. On Thin Ice: Climate Change Is Making Winter More Dangerous Climate, November 20

    A new study found that winter drownings are increasing sharply in warmer parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

  20. Johnson, Seen as a Trump Ally, Signals Alignment With Biden Foreign, November 19

    The prime minister wants to show that Britain remains a vital ally. On climate change and military spending, he is promising major steps that will be welcomed by the president-elect.

  21. Johnson, Seen as a Trump Ally, Signals Alignment With Biden Foreign, November 19

    The prime minister wants to show that Britain remains a vital ally. On climate change and military spending, he is promising major steps that will be welcomed by the president-elect.

  22. Trump’s E.P.A. Chief Plans 2 Foreign Trips Before Leaving Office Climate, November 19

    Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, looks to squeeze in two overseas trips in the Trump administration's last days.

  23. Trump’s E.P.A. Chief Plans 2 Foreign Trips Before Leaving Office Climate, November 19

    Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, looks to squeeze in two overseas trips in the Trump administration's last days.

  24. Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways Metro, November 19

    A long-awaited dredging of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, a Superfund site, has begun in earnest. It may not be finished for at least a decade.

  25. These Items in Your Home Are Harming America’s Sea Animals Climate, November 19

    A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

  26. Boris Johnson Lays Out U.K. Plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ Foreign, November 18

    Goals include ending sales of gas and diesel cars by 2030, achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and, perhaps, pleasing a new sensibility in Washington.

  27. Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction Science, November 18

    Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

  28. Trump’s Arctic Refuge Drilling Push Climate, November 18

    Also this week: Solutions for cities, and a Times investigation

  29. Trump Plan to Sell Arctic Oil Leases Will Face Challenges Climate, November 17

    If lease sales happen in the final days of the Trump administration, they may face disputes in court or could be reversed by the Biden administration.

  30. Time Runs Out for a U.S.-Canada Oil Pipeline Climate, November 17

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said the state would shut down a line between her state and Ontario that has been operating since the 1950s.

  31. Biden Plans to Move Fast With a ‘Climate Administration.’ Here’s How. Climate, November 17

    President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will embed climate policy throughout his government, not only in environmental agencies but in departments like justice, defense, the Treasury and transportation.

  32. Biden Plans to Move Fast With a ‘Climate Administration.’ Here’s How. Climate, November 17

    President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will embed climate policy throughout his government, not only in environmental agencies but in departments like justice, defense, the Treasury and transportation.

  33. Why the 2020 Election Makes It Hard to Be Optimistic About the Future Op Ed, November 16

    If we can’t face up to a pandemic, how can we avoid apocalypse?

  34. How to Do Thanksgiving With Less Waste Dining, November 16

    For environmental advocates, it includes small measures like reusing ingredients, and broader efforts like rethinking our relationship to the holiday.

  35. Trump Administration, in Late Push, Moves to Sell Oil Rights in Arctic Refuge Climate, November 16

    The lease sales could occur just before Inauguration Day, leaving the administration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to try to reverse them after the fact.

  36. The 2020 Hurricane Season in Rewind Express, November 16

    There have been 30 named storms this year, and 13 of them were hurricanes. It’s the most active Atlantic season on record.

  37. Living Near Drilling Is Deadly. Why Don’t California Lawmakers Care? Op Ed, November 16

    The state may be phasing out gas-powered cars, but it’s still legal to put an oil well right next to an elementary school.

  38. A Lesson for Humanity From 17 Million Doomed Creatures Op Ed, November 16

    If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we cannot escape the world we have shaped.

  39. When Politics Drives a Wedge Within Families Letters, November 15

    Readers share experiences and a historical perspective. Also: Environmental justice.

  40. Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in a Record-Breaking Season Express, November 13

    Tropical Storm Iota is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane this weekend as it approaches the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  41. Iota, Now a Hurricane, Is Season’s 30th Named Storm Express, November 13

    A Category One storm, Iota was expected to strengthen into a major hurricane by Monday as it approached the coast of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  42. Biden Wants to Be the Climate President. He’ll Need Some Help From Xi Jinping. Climate, November 13

    The U.S.-China relationship is at its lowest point in a half century, but there are also converging interests on global warming.

  43. ‘There Is a Real Opportunity Here That I Think Biden Is Capturing’ Op Ed, November 13

    The president-elect is making the climate a top priority.

  44. Your Friday Briefing N Y T Now, November 12

    The challenges of rolling out a vaccine.

  45. Pfizer Vaccine, Brexit, U.S. Presidential Transition: Your Friday Briefing N Y T Now, November 12

    Here’s what you need to know.

  46. Using Wolves as First Responders Against a Deadly Brain Disease Science, November 12

    Some scientists say that the predators are essential to curbing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease because they pick off weak deer.

  47. ‘I Am Greta’ Review: Birth of a Climate Warrior Weekend, November 12

    Nathan Grossman alternates truth-to-power moments with quiet ones in his documentary about the young Greta Thunberg.

  48. When Will Electricity Companies Finally Quit Natural Gas? Op Ed, November 12

    Wind and solar are better bets for investors and the planet.

  49. How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil Climate, November 11

    FTI, a global consulting firm, helped design, staff and run organizations and websites funded by energy companies that can appear to represent grass-roots support for fossil-fuel initiatives.

  50. New Technology Claims to Pinpoint Even Small Methane Leaks From Space Climate, November 11

    Amid growing alarm about methane’s role in driving global warming, a Canadian firm has begun selling a service to detect even relatively small leaks. At least two rivals are on the way.

  51. Sizing Up Trump’s Legacy Climate, November 11

    Also this week, how global warming is changing hurricanes

  52. Warming May Make Hurricanes Weaken More Slowly After Landfall Climate, November 11

    New research suggests that climate change may be causing storms to retain destructive power for longer after moving inland.

  53. 5 Things We Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes Climate, November 10

    Scientists can’t say for sure whether global warming is causing more hurricanes, but they are confident that it’s changing the way storms behave. Here’s how.

  54. Theta Forms as Season’s 29th Named Storm, Breaking a Record Express, November 9

    The arrival of Theta broke the annual record for the number of storms strong enough to be given names. That benchmark was set in 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

  55. Trump Administration Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change Climate, November 9

    Michael Kuperberg was told he would no longer oversee the National Climate Assessment. The job is expected to go to a climate-change skeptic, according to people familiar with the changes.

  56. What Will Trump’s Most Profound Legacy Be? Possibly Climate Damage Climate, November 9

    President-elect Biden can restore many of the 100-plus environmental regulations that President Trump rolled back, but much of the damage to the climate cannot be reversed.

  57. An Early Test for Biden: Managing a Divided Democratic Party Politics, November 9

    Moderates and progressives were mostly united during the campaign. Their deep differences will now present a significant challenge for the president-elect.

  58. An Early Test for Biden: Managing a Divided Democratic Party Politics, November 9

    Moderates and progressives were mostly united during the campaign. Their deep differences will now present a significant challenge for the president-elect.

  59. 9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment Climate, November 8

    The first 100 days of the Biden administration are likely to see a flurry of executive actions on climate change.

  60. Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Major Policies? Politics, November 8

    Here’s an overview on President-elect Biden’s positions on coronavirus, health care, the economy, taxes and climate change.

  61. Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife Express, November 7

    The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.

  62. Where Blue Meets Green: Sustainable Waterfront Homes Special Sections, November 6

    A look at green waterfront homes in five destinations around the world.

  63. California Bars Insurers From Dropping Policies in Wildfire Areas Climate, November 5

    The new one-year freeze is a sign of the growing financial burden caused by climate change.

  64. Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say Climate, November 5

    Efforts to limit global warming often focus on emissions from fossil fuels, but food is crucial, too, according to new research.

  65. ‘Some Version of the Apocalypse Is Inevitable’ Op Ed, November 5

    So why is Jeff VanderMeer so hopeful? The author of “Annihilation” on seeing our world as strange, wonderful—and worth saving.

  66. Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling Foreign, November 5

    Environmental groups argue that exploratory drilling licenses violate a constitutional right to a healthy environment. It’s a test case taking on an industry that is key to the country’s economy.

  67. The U.S. Left the Paris Climate Pact. Allies and Rivals Are Pressing Ahead. Climate, November 4

    The American exit officially took effect Wednesday. If Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the election and rejoins the pact, the United States will have a lot of catching up to do.

  68. Trump and the Paris Climate Accord Letters, November 4

    A reader says that by withdrawing from the agreement, the president “added one more reckless decision to his extensive record.”

  69. The Election Edition Climate, November 4

    Also this week, the United States exits the Paris climate agreement

  70. U.S. Quits Paris Climate Agreement: Questions and Answers Climate, November 4

    President Trump’s withdrawal formally came into force the day after Election Day in the United States. Here’s what it means.

  71. It Was Election Day Eve and All Through the House … Op Ed, November 2

    Everyone was pretty much freaking out.

  72. A Year of Devastation in Arizona’s Wild Lands Op Ed, November 1

    Living and working along the U.S.-Mexico border has meant watching the surreal, slow-motion leveling of the fragile ecosystems I’ve spent my career fighting to protect.

  73. A Typhoon Spared the Philippine Capital. Will Manila Be So Lucky Next Time? Foreign, November 1

    With climate change heightening the Philippines’ risk of natural disaster, the country is braced for the next catastrophe.

  74. Let’s Get Started on Fighting Climate Change Letters, November 1

    Readers suggest concrete ways we can act now. Also: The nonvoter also makes a decision.

  75. What Voters in Battleground States Think About Climate Change Interactive, November 1

    In key swing states, the majority of voters are worried that rising temperatures or sea levels will affect their lives. For some, it has become a voting issue.

  76. How Does Your State Make Electricity? Interactive, October 28

    America isn’t making electricity the way it did two decades ago. Now the future of the nation’s energy mix has become a major election issue.

  77. In the West, Lightning Grows as a Cause of Damaging Fires Interactive, October 23

    In the West, wildfires caused by lightning have been growing bigger and occurring more frequently. With climate change, other parts of the country may feel the effects, too.

  78. How Trump and Biden Differ on the Environment Interactive, October 22

    The presidential candidates sharply oppose each other on a number of environmental issues. Let’s take a closer look.

  79. The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. Interactive, October 16

    The White House has dismantled major climate and environmental policies focused on clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals. Here’s how it adds up.

  80. A Field Guide to the Election and Climate Change Interactive, October 14

    The climate crisis has risen as a major concern among voters. The two candidates have profoundly different approaches on energy, public lands and environmental priorities.

  81. El mayor humedal tropical del mundo se ha convertido en un infierno Interactive, October 13

    Este año, alrededor de una cuarta parte del vasto humedal el Pantanal en Brasil, uno de los lugares más biodiversos del planeta, ha sucumbido bajo las llamas de los incendios forestales que el cambio climático ha empeorado.

  82. The World’s Largest Tropical Wetland Has Become an Inferno Interactive, October 13

    This year, roughly a quarter of the vast Pantanal wetland in Brazil, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, has burned in wildfires worsened by climate change.

  83. What Made This a Record Fire Season? It Started With Lightning Interactive, October 2

    An unusual confluence of weather conditions sent nearly 14,000 bolts of lightning into the dry, hot forests of Northern California in August. But that was only the beginning.

  84. Every Place Under Threat Interactive, October 2

    In the Amazon, today's environmental problems become tomorrow's catastrophe.

  85. Why ‘Biodegradable’ Isn’t What You Think Interactive, October 1

    It sounds positive, but there are a few ways the label ‘biodegradable’ may cause more problems than it solves.

  86. How Climate Migration Will Reshape America Interactive, September 15

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

  87. How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering Interactive, August 24

    Redlining helped reshape the urban landscape of U.S. cities. It also left communities of color far more vulnerable to rising heat.

  88. Here's What Extreme Heat Looks Like: Profoundly Unequal Interactive, August 6

    Earth is overheating. This year is poised to be one of the hottest ever. Millions are already feeling the pain, but the agony of extreme heat is profoundly unequal across the globe.

  89. Viaje al interior de las temibles tormentas de Córdoba Interactive, July 23

    Los científicos estudian el clima extremo en una provincia de Argentina para comprender su funcionamiento y aprender algo sobre los monstruosos fenómenos climáticos del futuro.

  90. The Great Climate Migration Has Begun Interactive, July 23

    New research suggests climate change will cause humans to move in unprecedented numbers. The Times Magazine partnered with ProPublica and data scientists to understand how.

  91. What’s Going on Inside the Fearsome Thunderstorms of Córdoba Province? Interactive, July 22

    Scientists are studying the extreme weather in northern Argentina to see how it works — and what it can tell us about the monster storms in our future.

  92. Learning From the Kariba Dam Interactive, July 22

    Climate change and neglect have brought the mammoth structure at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe to the brink of calamity — a crisis prefigured in the dam’s troubling colonial history.

  93. The Teenagers at the End of the World Interactive, July 21

    Young climate activists like Jamie Margolin are building a movement while growing up — planning mass protests from childhood bedrooms and during school.

  94. New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America Interactive, June 29

    Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger.

  95. Emissions Are Surging Back as Countries and States Reopen Interactive, June 17

    As the pandemic rages, the world is still far from getting global warming under control.

  96. Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment Interactive, June 5

    Our global climate reporter suggests some smart reads on how they're related.

  97. The Climate ‘Hot 10 Songs’ Interactive, May 21

    A keen ear could hear the theme of global warming starting to swell in popular music all across the dial in the last two decades as global temperatures started to rise.

  98. A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before Interactive, April 30

    NASA's new ICESat-2 satellite provides the most detailed look yet of where the continent is losing and gaining ice.

  99. 50 Years of Earth Day: What’s Better Today, and What’s Worse Interactive, April 21

    Here are 10 big environmental victories — and 10 big failures.

  100. The Year You Finally Read a Book About Climate Change Interactive, April 19

    If the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has inspired you to finally read a book about climate change, we’re here to help you find just the right one.