Climate Desk

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.”
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
The U.S. is skirting conservation laws and withdrawing millions of gallons of groundwater.
We get by with a little help from our friends
We get by with a little help from our friends
The future of journalism is collaborative. Read some of our favorite stories from HCN partners this year.
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
What’s the best way to save California’s redwoods?
Scientists debate whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve the state’s iconic forests.
Colorado climate activists protest by spreading disinformation
Colorado climate activists protest by spreading disinformation
But will the prank tactics ultimately damage their cause?
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
What are wild burros doing to Death Valley?
New research suggests that the introduced wild donkeys may benefit native species, but the National Park Service wants to remove them.
BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley won’t answer questions about his history of climate denial or denigrating immigrants at environmental journalism conference.
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Climate change is already scary in Alaska
Sea ice is retreating, skies are choked with wildfire smoke, and fish are vanishing.
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
On the ground, one teen deploys pollution monitors to make his community safer.
Climate activists take aim at ‘Wall Street West’
Climate activists take aim at ‘Wall Street West’
Last week, protestors shut down business in San Francisco’s financial center.
There’s nuance behind the recent bird decline study
There’s nuance behind the recent bird decline study
The journal Science documented an estimated total loss of 2.9 billion birds. But is that the whole picture?
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
How the Trump administration is silencing science
How the Trump administration is silencing science
Six ex-government scientists explain how they were made to bury climate science and why they decided to blow the whistle.
30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred
Trump administration rolls back methane pollution regulations
Trump administration rolls back methane pollution regulations
The EPA will reverse Obama-era standards intended to curb leaks of the potent gas that contributes to the climate crisis.
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Automakers follow California, not feds, on mileage standards
Obama-era official says companies will reduce emissions rather than deal with regulatory uncertainty.
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections
The new implementation guidelines relax habitat protections and favor development.
Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
William Perry Pendley has been tasked with overseeing 245 million acres of public lands he’s argued the federal government shouldn’t own.
Eco-fascism featured in El Paso terrorism suspect’s alleged manifesto
Eco-fascism featured in El Paso terrorism suspect’s alleged manifesto
The racist rant calls for mass killings to make America more ‘sustainable.’ Other terrorists have done the same.
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
Anchorage sees 90 F as nearly 120 fires blaze across the state.
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