People, planet, and the path ahead


  • As rivers get cleanups, can city residents still afford to live nearby?

    The Los Angeles River and Washington's Anacostia River could become tests of how well communities can balance new development with opportunities for longstanding residents.

  • Is the end in sight for the Flint water crisis? (+video)

    A new settlement would require the state to replace 18,000 water lines linked to the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water, at a cost of at least $87 million.

  • How water swaps help the West manage a precious resource

    Water markets are in many ways in their infancy. But the idea is a big one, potentially helping water flow to where it's most useful, and maintaining both farms and ecosystems.

  • Why the EPA faces big cuts under Trump budget proposal

    Environmental issues have become more polarized even since the years of George W. Bush. One factor: The stakes for both parties surrounding climate change have risen.

  • First Look Fracking led to more than 6,000 spills in 10 years, study finds

    A new study looks at fracking sites in four states, finding 6,648 spills between 2005 and 2014. Their research, the study's authors say, highlights a need for better data collection – and may help prevent future incidents.

  • First Look In nod to coal miners, Trump set to reverse Obama's stream protections

    The mining industry is hailing the expected revocation of an Obama-era rule as confirmation that President Trump will make good on his campaign promise to 'bring the coal industry back 100 percent.'

  • 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.

  • For Native Americans, new national monument a rare victory

    Obama’s designation of Bears Ears National Monument represented victory in a growing effort to protect tribes’ lands – efforts many say have also led them to reconnect with their spiritual traditions.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • At EPA: Trump’s nominee and 15,000 or so counterweights

    An administrator such as Scott Pruitt can steer in new directions, but that clout is offset by legions of staffers carrying on routines, enforcing rules, and, increasingly, caring about climate change.

  • Trump to name climate-change skeptic as EPA chief

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has led the fight by Republican-led states against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

  • Gore, yes. But green groups watch who else has Trump's ear.

    Al Gore's visit to Trump Tower has stirred hopes that the president-elect may be adjusting his stance on climate change. Environmentalists say Trump's cabinet picks will be telling. 

  • EPA chief voices cautious hope as Trump inauguration nears

    Although Trump and Obama agendas differ, some forces tilt toward continuity, Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency says.

  • Protesters' Dakota pipeline win may be both short- and long-lived

    The decision to block construction of a controversial portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline could be overturned by Donald Trump. But it could also kindle new activism.  

  • First Look Oklahoma's earthquakes on the wane after wastewater rules take hold

    After a sudden increase in earthquakes, which have been linked to oil extraction practices, Oklahoma instituted new limits on wastewater injection. Since then, the quakes have dropped off significantly, according to a new analysis. 

  • First Look New voice for the climate? Washington teens sue over emissions policy

    On Tuesday, eight teens asked a Washington court to find the state in contempt for adopting what they argue are insufficient rules for lowering carbon emissions. 

  • If climate change comes up at Thanksgiving, it's OK to talk.

    Two-thirds of Americans are very or moderately interested in global warming. Yet two-thirds say they hear or talk about the issue only 'several times a year or less.'

  • Focus For native Americans, pipeline sparks climate awakening

    Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has unified tribes from across America. Some here believe this protest is becoming something bigger – a turning point for both native Americans and the climate movement.

  • Behind Dakota pipeline protest: Native American religious revival

    The protests are about water, fossil fuels, and questions of tribal sovereignty. But beneath all that, tribes from across the US say they're unifying around revitalized Indian traditions and religion.

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