The wildfire season is starting early in southern California this year, thanks in part to an unusually dry winter and spring. As the climate warms, will drought and fires become the norm?
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are set to pass 400 ppm, far faster than scientists would have predicted. That shows how difficult it’s been to reduce carbon emissions—and points the way towards dangerous warming in the future
The Fukushima meltdown hasn’t been the public-health disaster that many critics feared, but TEPCO has struggled with the cleanup. The latest news that groundwater is becoming contaminated by the stricken reactors is one more …
Nearly 400 people were killed when a textile factory near Dhaka collapsed. It’s the worst disaster in the history of clothing manufacturing. How much blame do consumers deserve?
It might seem decadent, but ordering your groceries online from a delivery service like FreshDirect is greener than driving to the store. Farmers’ markets? Less so
Harvard Medical School decided to close a major primate research center that had been linked to animal welfare problems. The pool of biomedical research money is shrinking, but is it even ethical to experiment on primates?
Forty-three years ago, more than 20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day. Today, the number is a bit less. Has the modern environmental movement lost its way?
The massive fertilizer explosion in Texas and the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in China were both accidents. But smarter preparation and policy may have been able to reduce the death toll
Overpopulation isn’t the great environmental fear that it once was, but there are still parts of the planet where large family sizes are a problem. Female education can help change that
Europe has always been at the forefront of global climate policy. But its landmark carbon market is on the brink of failure.