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  • Climate Science On global warming, Trump nominees try having it both ways

    Cabinet candidates aren't calling climate change a 'hoax,' but they're taking on climate science by emphasizing a lack of modeling precision and disagreements among scientists.

  • Environment Why the EPA nominee wants to be a political wrecking ball

    Scott Pruitt has made a career of asserting states' rights against federal authority, primarily by suing the agency he may run. Now, he gets a chance to shift that balance.

  • Inhabit newsletter Los Angeles preps for less reliance on water imports

    In this edition: More people leave lawns behind as California seeks to make water conservation a way of life; the Trump Cabinet nominee who sees climate change as a threat; farewell to the 747. 

  • Climate Science New Energy Dept. guidelines: Changing culture or political ploy?

    Scientists can now speak freely to the media and publish in scientific journals. The guidelines may set the course for the upcoming confirmation hearing for Energy Secretary – and the department's next four years.

  • Climate Science Energy secretary seeks to lock in free speech for DOE scientists

    The new policy, which Ernest Moniz says was in the works before Donald Trump won the presidency, says scientists 'are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views.'

  • First Look Last United 747 flights: A sign of aviation progress?

    The US-based airline announced its accelerated plan to phase out the once iconic jumbo jet.

  • Climate Solutions His zeal isn't clear, but Tillerson calls climate change a 'threat'

    Unlike some other Trump Cabinet picks, Rex Tillerson acknowledges climate change. His confirmation hearing to become secretary of State leaves doubts about how much climate action he supports.

  • Climate Science Short-term greenhouse gases, long-term impact: What does that mean for Earth's oceans?

    A new study finds that greenhouse gases such as methane that break down quickly in the atmosphere may have a greater effect on warming oceans than was previously thought.

  • Inhabit newsletter Drought in Africa, and the innovative response

    In this edition: How drought-resistant farming methods have the potential to improve women's lives in Lesotho; lead testing on the rise in schools; digging into data on climate-change 'hiatus.'

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations California gets rains, but drought still means fewer lawns in future

    Green grass is slowly losing ground as the archetypal landscape of Southern California. The populous region, adapting to a changing climate, will rely less on melting snowpack from afar.

Policy National Park Service wrestles with harassment, low morale

Allegations of sexual harassment that surfaced at several national parks in 2016 are, to some insiders, a sign of a work culture long impaired by hierarchy and fiefdoms.

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations How climate change threatens famed Amalfi Coast

    More-intense rains increase mudslide risks in a region known for its steep terrain. Possible responses include preserving lemon groves and testing an early-warning system.

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations Maine looks north, hoping to become a gateway to the Arctic

    As climate change raises the prospect of more open Arctic waters, Maine is hoping to take advantage, economically and culturally.

  • Energy Behind oil-drilling bans, a debate over competing Arctic visions

    Oil companies and Arctic communities have long sought prosperity through resource extraction. Plans announced by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau imply more focus on tourism and sustainability.

  • Energy Obama limits offshore oil, as 'Keep it in the Ground' idea rises

    The White House puts vast areas off Atlantic and Arctic coasts off limits to drilling. The move may reflect how a 'Keep it in the Ground' movement has gained traction within the Democratic Party.

  • Inhabit voices Nixon went to China. Can Trump do climate change?

    Plenty of people on the political left want action to address climate change. But many people on the right do to; they just are wary of big government. Perhaps the time is ripe for an art-of-the-deal solution. 

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations Cities enlist nature to tame rising flood risks

    Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston are among the places investing in 'green infrastructure' that mimics wetlands. It can be cheaper than the alternative, given the threat posed by climate change.

  • Inhabit newsletter Toxic work culture at national parks?

    In this edition: rising allegations of sexual harassment by National Park Service employees; the nuance on Trump's energy team; Canada's carbon-price move. 

  • Briefing Canada puts a price on carbon: what the move means

    Canada isn't the first to do this, but the move is a landmark one for its scale and regional flexibility – and because the country is a major fossil fuel producer.

  • Energy Fossil fuels, yes. But Trump energy team isn't a one-note band.

    The team includes an Energy nominee who knows wind power can work, a State Department nominee who has supported the Paris climate deal, and an Interior nominee who's not big on selling off federal lands. 

  • In U-turn, EPA says fracking can pose a threat to drinking water

    Last summer, in a draft report, the agency concluded hydraulic fracturing has no national 'widespread, systemic' impact on drinking water. In the final version released Tuesday, that sentence was removed.

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