Climate & Energy

Bangladesh’s biggest power plant will harm world’s biggest mangrove forest

Bangladesh is vulnerable to floods and cyclones, which makes its plans for a new coal-fired power plant next to a mangrove forest all the more troubling.

Climate & Energy

Congress backtracking on law that aimed to reduce flood risks

America has been promoting the construction of homes in floodplains since the 1960s. And it plans to do so for another four years under a new bill.

Climate & Energy

Marcellus Shale fracking wells use 5 million gallons of water apiece

Frackers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are using more water than those in other parts of the country, with most being skimmed off rivers and streams.

Climate & Energy

Have we hit a “permanent slowdown” in the growth of global CO2 emissions?

The world keeps pumping out more greenhouse gases every year than the year before, but the rate of growth is slowing, so that's at least a wee bit of good news.

Climate & Energy

The future of a big coal-export project will be decided by this small Washington community

A council election in Whatcom County will determine whether a coal terminal is built to send coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.


Italian mafia boss says pollution turned him into a police informant

He knew the mafia's toxic-waste dumping would doom people to die from cancer, and he eventually felt bad enough to do something about it.


Unregulated bumblebee trade threatens bumblebees

Activists are pushing the U.S. government to crack down on trade practices that they say are harming native populations of bumblebees.

Climate & Energy

Boston to order builders to adapt to climate change

Under proposed new zoning rules, developers in Beantown will have to construct buildings that can handle floods, heat waves, and other climate impacts.

Climate & Energy

Obama moves to block new coal plants abroad

The U.S. plans to use its international clout to make it hard for all but the poorest countries to build coal-fired power plants.