Climate Desk

Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
‘If you want to have a worst-case scenario on doing a census count in any state in Indian Country, it’s now.’
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Despite decrying destruction of Confederate monuments, the president has dismantled millions of acres of national monuments.
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The legislation will alleviate a national park project backlog and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
The West’s invisible menace: Microplastics
‘Just because we can’t see them in front of us, doesn’t mean we’re not breathing them in.’
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
The connections between the environment, race and the COVID-19 crisis are many.
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Ahead of the elections, two senators champion an act that would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
‘Being in the middle of a story is a really hard place’
Rebecca Solnit on disasters, hope and the chance to reshape the future.
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
‘There’s a lot they want to get done before the election, just in case.’
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
NOAA networks get creative to gather data.
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Tribal nations demand response to climate relocation
Five Indigenous communities have asked the U.N. to investigate the United States’ failure to live up to legal obligations.
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
Trump’s EPA halts environmental law enforcement during coronavirus pandemic
The decision has caused an uproar among former agency officials.
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Farmers are pumping until residential wells run dry in the Central Valley.
The next threat to bees? Organized crime.
The next threat to bees? Organized crime.
As bee numbers decline while facing increasing demand, hive thefts ravage California’s Central Valley and beyond.
Winter traditions are feeling the heat of climate change
Winter traditions are feeling the heat of climate change
Warm temperatures cancel local events like skijoring — resulting in economic and cultural impacts.
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
The new rule would legalize the unintentional killing of birds by energy companies and other industries.
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Emails show Interior appointees crafted a narrative that blamed forest protection efforts for wildfires.
Pay to play: Interior Secretary’s old clients spend big and profit bigly
Pay to play: Interior Secretary’s old clients spend big and profit bigly
‘Under Bernhardt, the Interior Department appears to have priced access to our nation’s resources at $30 million and counting.’
Interior attorney gave false information to Congress about contact with Koch Foundation
Interior attorney gave false information to Congress about contact with Koch Foundation
Daniel Jorjani, the agency’s top lawyer, reached out to his former employer for advice in April 2017.
FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
FEMA spent billions fighting California wildfires. Now, it wants victims to pay it back.
The agency is pushing bankrupt PG&E to reimburse the taxpayer money it spent on disaster relief.
The Trump administration’s plans for less public input, more pipelines
The Trump administration’s plans for less public input, more pipelines
Proposed environmental rollbacks would gut NEPA, allowing federal agencies to ignore climate effects and expedite infrastructure permitting.
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
“When you turn coal units off you see deaths go down.”
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