Massachusetts just passed a massive climate and clean energy bill

Some cities and towns will be allowed to ban fossil fuel infrastructure in new and major construction projects.

By Allyson ChiuAugust 11, 2022

Here’s how extreme the D.C.-area rainstorm was Wednesday night

Around 3 inches fell in an hour in some locations.

By Jason SamenowAugust 11, 2022

Extreme drought is gripping Europe, intensifying heat and fueling fires

Many locations have seen their driest summer on record as rivers dwindle to a trickle.

By Matthew CappucciAugust 11, 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act might impact you — and change the U.S.

The package, while smaller than Democrats’ initial ambitions, would transform huge sectors of the U.S. economy and affect millions of Americans

By Jeff Stein, Maxine Joselow and Rachel RoubeinAugust 11, 2022

We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities

Extreme heat grounds planes, stops trains, wrecks roads, breaks pipes and generally creates havoc, especially in places that are used to cooler temperatures.

By Bonnie Berkowitz, Artur Galocha and Júlia LedurAugust 11, 2022

These congressional staffers helped clinch the historic climate deal

Dozens of congressional staffers worked around-the-clock and made personal sacrifices to clinch a deal on the package, which represents the largest climate investment in the nation's history.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano August 11, 2022

Why the Inflation Reduction Act passed the Senate but cap-and-trade didn't

Many factors converged to spell the cap-and-trade bill's demise, including the Great Recession and opposition from industry interests.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano August 10, 2022

Is a major Alaska oil project a ‘carbon bomb’ or a nothingburger?

ConocoPhillips's proposal for Willow includes hundreds of miles of roads and pipelines, airstrips, a gravel mine and a major new processing facility — all in the middle of pristine Arctic tundra and wetland.

By Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano August 9, 2022

A supermoon may diminish views of the ‘best meteor shower of the year’

Thursday night’s Sturgeon moon may be spectacular, but skywatchers may end up wishing it wasn’t there.

By Zach RosenthalAugust 11, 2022

Climate change’s impact intensifies as U.S. prepares to take action

The Arctic is warming at a much faster rate than many scientists had expected, one of several recent indicators providing evidence of climate change's intensifying impact on the planet.

By Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis and Sarah KaplanAugust 11, 2022

What parents should know before letting their kids play in a bounce house

At least 28 people have died and 479 others have been injured in 132 wind-related bounce house incidents since 2000, according to a report.

By Zach RosenthalAugust 11, 2022

Composting in NYC is hard. Cyclists and a pug named Rocky are helping.

Composting is one of the best ways local governments can fight climate change — and some in New York City are pushing to make it universal.

By Meghan McDonough and Rengim MutevelliogluAugust 10, 2022

William ‘Marty’ Martin, authority on eastern timber rattlesnakes, dies at 80

William "Marty" Martin worked to change perceptions of snakes and call attention to threats from climate change and human encroachment.

By Brian MurphyAugust 10, 2022

Fearing a major climate setback, U.S. urges care of Congo River basin

Environmentalists worry that disturbing the ecosystem in pursuit of fossil fuels could produce up to three years worth of global carbon dioxide output.

By Missy RyanAugust 10, 2022

Buy now or wait? What the new electric vehicle credits mean for you.

The Inflation Reduction Act could become law in a matter of days. If you’re making the switch to an electric vehicle, here’s how that might affect you.

By Allyson ChiuAugust 10, 2022

Explaining Tuesday’s colorful clouds over Virginia and Maryland

The phenomena was a picturesque display of cloud iridescence

By Matthew CappucciAugust 10, 2022

July 2022 featured hottest nights in U.S. history

A trend toward warmer nights is one of the leading indicators of human-caused climate change.

By Zach Rosenthal and Jason SamenowAugust 10, 2022

Antarctica’s ‘sleeping giant’ risks melting, threatens spike in sea levels

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet could add up to 16 feet to sea levels in the long term if Paris climate accord targets aren’t met, according to a new study.

By Rachel PannettAugust 10, 2022

Beluga whale dies after French rescuers lift 13-foot mammal from Seine

Rescuers lifted the beluga out of the Seine river with a crane but euthanized the whale after his health deteriorated.

By Ellen FrancisAugust 10, 2022

A victory at whose expense? Climate activists grapple with political compromise.

The climate movement is on the brink of its biggest legislative success. But tensions within the movement have also emerged in recent days as activists grapple with the challenge of figuring out what comes next.

By Sarah KaplanAugust 10, 2022

Another wave of extreme heat targets Europe, prompting alerts

London and Paris are forecast to reach 90 degrees or higher late this week.

By Matthew CappucciAugust 9, 2022

Northern Mexico has a historic water shortage. These maps explain why.

As water demand has grown, researchers say a lack of rain and mismanagement has led to one of the worst droughts in the northern half of the country.

By Kasha Patel and Lauren TierneyAugust 9, 2022