By John R. Platt The world needs to change the way it eats, not just as individuals but as a society. That’s the message from a groundbreaking report issued last month by the EAT-Lancet Commission, which made a series of societal recommendations to help the world’s ever-increasing human population ensure its food security in the … Read moreOur Food Is Killing the Planet — But It Doesn’t Have To
By Tara Lohan More than 1,000 people lined the banks of the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, on July 1, 1999. They were there to witness a rebirth. The ringing of a bell signaled a backhoe on the opposite bank to dig into a retaining wall. Water trickled, then gushed. The crowd erupted in cheers … Read moreHow Removing One Maine Dam 20 Years Ago Changed Everything
By John R. Platt This month sees the publication of four striking new environmental books, at least two of which promise to make a stir. Let’s start with the big one: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. The book lays out a pretty tough scenario, asking if the current extent of climate … Read moreThe Four Most Thought-Provoking Environmental Books Coming in February
By Tim Lydon The Trump administration is barreling ahead with plans to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest refuge in the country and an area of global ecological importance. Many refer to the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge—the very place where oil drilling is being planned—as the “American Serengeti.” … Read moreTrump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge
By Tara Lohan Two years into the Trump administration, its attacks on environmental regulations, policy and science are already well documented. But the current partial government shutdown, now more than a month long, provides a unique lens through which to view the administration’s priorities. The list of what isn’t being done is long and troubling, … Read moreIs the Trump Administration ‘Gaming the Shutdown’ to Serve Energy and Hunting Special Interests?
By Tara Lohan President Trump didn’t exactly lie low over the holidays. The battle over border-wall funding and the announced departures of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stole most of the headlines, but they were hardly the only events of the Trump administration’s Christmas. We kept a close watch on news … Read moreShutdown, Drilling and Coal: The Trump Administration’s Holiday Gifts to the World
By John R. Platt The Trump administration’s plan to freeze fuel-economy standards is “the most spectacular regulatory flip-flop in history,” said a retired EPA engineer who helped to develop new the standards under the Obama administration. “These standards weren’t going to be the ultimate solution for solving the climate problem, but they were a very, … Read moreThe Trump Administration’s ‘Dishonest’ Attack on Fuel-Economy Standards
By Dipika Kadaba Having a little trouble breathing lately? That’s no surprise. Air pollution is already bad in many parts of the country, and climate change is only going to make it worse. Even though many industries are reducing their emissions, a warming climate could actually offset these reductions by intensifying the rates of chemical … Read moreInteractive Map: Air Pollution in 2100