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chemical fire

How Americans unwittingly entered—and become exposed to biohazards in—the greatest uncontrolled experiment ever launched.

Cancun

In the coming decades, two converging nightmares are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition and conflict.

Hurricane Sandy

For every San Francisco earthquake and Superstorm Sandy, some die—and others profit.

John Kerry

Four decades ago, he spoke out bravely against the Vietnam War. Will he show the same courage today, in helping to end the fossil-fuel era?
 

Engraving depicting Athanasius Kircher

How did a man who got so many things wrong become an intellectual celebrity in his own lifetime?

The growing threats of nuclear war and environmental catastrophe make it hard to bet on the survival of our species.

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Smoke rises from a fire at the ConocoPhillips Wilmington Refinery, California

Allowing polluters to trade carbon could keep poor Californians breathing unhealthy air.

Phoenix

The city is at the crossroads of climate change—and, for a host of reasons, an unsustainable future. 

Blogs

West Virginians still have many questions left unanswered.

February 11, 2014

The Keystone XL fight has become an iconic issue for environmentally-minded young people across the country.

February 6, 2014

The new Farm Bill cuts programs to needy families while handing over big giveaways to Koch Industries. 

February 5, 2014

The Canadian government quietly funded a major report boosting the Keystone XL.

February 4, 2014

Eriel Deranger of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta, and Maya Lemon from Nacogdoches, Texas, speak out on struggles of frontline communities fighting tar sands.

February 4, 2014

Protesters have planned hundreds of actions in response to the State Department's report that the Keystone XL pipeline would have a negligable impact on climate change.

February 3, 2014

A State Department assessment concludes that oil from Alberta’s tar sands will be extracted, shipped and burnt regardless of whether the pipeline is built.

January 31, 2014

The university’s approach to conservation is better than California Governor Brown’s, and students should be proud that their system’s leadership has adopted these practical goals.

January 31, 2014

The president is getting a lot right. But he cannot afford to muddle his message tonight.

January 28, 2014

What would have happened if the West Virginia chemical spill was caused by terrorists. 

January 28, 2014