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Abrupt climate change is rapidly turning the American West into a desert. But a culture in denial continues rampant suburbanization, fueled by the delusion that our water supply is inexhaustible.

America has lacked a real leader for so long, it comes as a shock to see someone as visionary as Gore speak clearly to Congress about the climate crisis.

War and corruption have decimated Iraq's oil supply, and Western companies are angling for a cut of what's left.

Some political leaders spin fantasies about how to deal with global warming. Others, like Al Gore and London Mayor Ken Livingston, are prepared to deal with the ugly truth. Who do you believe?

A child dies after being enveloped by toxic pesticides on a soybean mega-farm, and two landowners are found guilty of homicide. Four years later, they still haven't paid the price for the crime.

Media frenzy to the contrary, a warm winter doesn't point to the end of the world--scientific evidence does.

The good news on the latest global warming report: Political leaders can no longer ignore it. The bad news: It's probably too late.

In the world's increasingly crowded cities, personal space is shrinking--and so are options for personal happiness.

We can't survive without oceans, but you wouldn't know that from the way we treat them.

Venezuela's controversial program to provide heating oil to impoverished
American communities exposes the inability of the richest nation on
earth to meet the needs of its poor.

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Advocates for countries most affected by climate change are outraged.

December 12, 2014

Water privatization could soon be the next front in the austerity wars.

December 8, 2014

Walmart claims to be environmentally friendly, but the details tell a different story.

December 3, 2014

The developed world has pledged $9.5 billion to help fight climate change. But it’s going to take hundreds of billions more.

November 25, 2014

The Louisiana senator could build the Keystone XL pipeline with her bare hands, and it probably still wouldn’t give her the boost she needs to win the runoff.

November 13, 2014

A new study suggests air pollution near fracking sites may be worse than previously estimated—putting workers and local residents at increased risk of cancer, birth defects and other major health problems.

November 10, 2014

Republicans just want you to think so.

November 7, 2014

We are not forsaking our vote, but we see that we must address the fossil fuel industry in order to restore the value and power of our vote.

November 4, 2014

A Republican Senate could threaten the EPA and reverse some environmental policy gains.

October 27, 2014

For protesting Harvard’s refusal to divest from fossil fuels, campus police have told me I will be arrested if I return to the university—which is exactly what I plan to do on Sunday.

October 24, 2014