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(RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP via Getty Images)

Ecuador expands protections around Galápagos, creating ‘a new highway’ for sea life

The South American government will curb fishing in more than 20,000 square miles of ocean next to the archipelago.

Interested in protecting old-growth forests? Here are some steps you can take.

Saving a single 500-year-old tree from logging might not be feasible. But experts have other ideas.

These homes are off-grid and climate resilient. They’re also built out of trash.

What if climate change and the housing crisis already had a solution? What if we just need to reevaluate our relationship with the Earth — and with our garbage? A day at the Earthship Biotecture can make anyone a believer in a brighter, greener future.
  • Jan 4

Militaries are among the world’s biggest emitters. This general wants them to go green.

Gen. Richard Nugee is making the British military greener to improve the climate — and security.

As U.S. moves toward solar energy, this roofing company hopes ‘solar shingles’ will get homeowners to buy in

GAF Energy's new solar roofing product aims to drive solar adoption up in the U.S. while keeping costs low.

In Amsterdam, a community of floating homes shows the world how to live alongside nature

Marjan de Blok has no engineering, architecture or hydrological training — but she’s spearheaded a movement for urban dwellers grappling with the accelerating impacts of climate change.

Native Americans’ farming practices may help feed a warming world

“We’ve had 5,000 years of farmers trying out different strategies for dealing with heat, drought and water scarcity. We need to begin to translate that,” said one ethnobotanist in the region.
  • Dec 10

He lost his best friend in a mudslide. Now he’s using coconuts to fight deforestation in West Africa.

At 12 years old, Alhaji Siraj Bah was living on the streets. A decade later, his business in Sierra Leone employs nearly three dozen people as they work to create an alternative to wood-based charcoal.

Harnessing the energy of the ocean to power homes, planes and whisky distilleries

On Scotland’s Orkney Islands, an audacious experiment is underway.

Fighting food waste, one apple at a time

Katherine Sizov is only two years out of college, but her high-tech sensors — which monitor ethylene, a gas key to the ripening of fruits and vegetables — are keeping watch over 15 percent of U.S. apples

Toronto is home to the world’s largest lake-powered cooling system. Here’s how it works.

Deep lake water cooling (DLWC) is used to cool over 100 buildings in the city. It saves enough electricity to power a town of 25,000 — and it’s so popular the city is pursuing an expansion.

Friday’s COP26 theme is youth and public empowerment. Here’s what you need to know.

The international summit will focus on how to engage the public — and particularly young people — in tackling climate issues and bringing about systemic change

This U.S. city just voted to decarbonize every single building

Following a city council vote, Ithaca, New York is set to be the first city in the country to electrify its buildings with the help of BlocPower.

As COP26 takes on finance, the world haggles over climate funding

Getting enough money in the right places is key to meeting climate goals. Here’s what you need to know about today’s COP26 theme.

Prince William’s Earthshot finalists deliver powerful messages at COP26: ‘We won’t wait’

The innovators for climate solutions were introduced to top officials and financiers to scale up their projects.

In Vienna, a visionary example of dealing with urban floods

As climate change amplifies extreme weather events around the world, the Viennese defense system built in the 70s and 80s can protect the city from even a 10,000 year flood.
  • Oct 30

He’s the youngest Chief in his First Nation’s history. Now he’s leading their fight against climate change.

From an emergency declaration to a path toward net-zero, Dana Tizya-Tramm rose from personal depths to help the Vuntut Gwitchin become climate trailblazers.

Los Angeles is aiming to be first major carbon-free U.S. city, but obstacles loom

Confronted by devastating wildfires, parching drought and ever-hotter summers, Los Angeles is launching an ambitious plan to combat climate change by becoming the first major U.S. city run entirely on clean energy. But it won’t be easy.

You asked: What can I do as a teenager to stop climate change?

This month’s Climate Curious explores the topic of youth empowerment — and explains why seemingly small individual actions can lead to systemic change.

A recipe for fighting climate change and feeding the world

It tastes like wheat but is much better for the planet.

California set to become first state to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would phase out the sale of new gas-powered lawn equipment in the state by 2024.

How to protect your home from wildfires

The threat of wildfires is growing due to climate change. Safety measures are particularly important for those in high-risk areas, but experts say that fire preparedness is a good idea everywhere. Here are the steps you can take.

From novelist to climate crusader: How one woman is working to put a stop to natural gas

Audrey Schulman is not an engineer or a scientist. But her work could eventually reshape how Massachusetts and other states get energy.

Desalination can make saltwater drinkable — but it won’t solve the U.S. water crisis

The water in the ocean is a tempting resource. Removing salt comes with environmental and economic costs, though.

Housing in Alaska can’t survive climate change. This group is trying a new model.

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center combines "Indigenous wisdom and 21st-century technologies" for sustainable architecture that can withstand the state’s elements.
  • Sep 24

The Climate Museum is the first of its kind in the U.S. — and its founder is on a mission

Miranda Massie founded the institution in 2015. Since then, she’s worked to elevate the intersection of art, science and climate action.
  • Sep 10

Pets can help fight climate change with an insect-based diet. Owners just need to come around to the idea.

Despite what scientists call the ‘yuck factor,’ bugs could be a sustainable secret ingredient for the booming pet food industry.
  • Sep 21

The world’s biggest plant to capture CO2 from the air just opened in Iceland

The Orca, an installation built by Climeworks, will capture 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year — and serve as a blueprint for similar technology.

Costa Rica’s environmental minister wants to build a green economy. She just needs time.

Andrea Meza has ambitious plans for the country’s fight against climate change. But between a warming planet and limited time in her role, she’s on a tight deadline.

A tiny fish once at the center of an Endangered Species Act controversy has been saved from extinction

The recovery of the snail darter represents a rare win for conservationists when nearly 1 million other species risk extinction worldwide.

In hardest slam since Katrina, New Orleans’s levees stand firm

Hurricane Ida leaves the Big Easy dark but not flooded.

The race to rescue Florida’s diseased corals

Several years ago, a mysterious coral disease began decimating the Florida Reef. The only way to save the animals from extinction? An unprecedented mission to relocate them to facilities across the country.
  • Aug 29

China’s covid lockdown led to an earlier, greener spring, a new study suggests

"I take comfort from a natural experiment like this that we can change the world," one author said.

Pakistan’s mission to plant 10 billion trees across the country, in photos

A province in Pakistan first pledged to plant 1 billion trees in 2015. The initiative was so successful that the country is now in the midst of a “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami” to fight climate change.

Why we shouldn’t give in to climate despair

Earth is on a dangerous trajectory, the latest U.N. climate report says, but humanity still has time to change course.

The professor who assigns value to nature — then persuades world leaders to save it

Gretchen Daily is a pioneer in the field known as “natural capital.” Using science and software, she shows stakeholders why it benefits everyone to prioritize conservation.

Sales of hybrid cars are surging. That’s a good sign for the future of electric vehicles, experts say.

Hybrid sales have grown faster than electric-vehicle sales for two years, according to data. Many think that’s a step in the right direction for the Biden administration’s ambitious auto goals.
Climate Curious

How to cool your home without relying on air conditioning

In a summer of deadly heat, passive cooling can keep people safe and curb carbon emissions. Here are the simple steps you can take.

Can you answer these 10 questions about our warming planet?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on this summer’s heat waves, which have shown the devastating toll of climate change.

Capping methane-spewing oil wells, one hole at a time

Across the United States, abandoned wells are belching the powerful greenhouse gas. This group aims to plug them to fight global warming.
  • Jul 1, 2021

The scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

The fate of the world’s kelp forests may depend on controlling its sworn enemy – sea urchins -- and the Nature Conservancy, an Arlington-based environmental group, says it has a plan.
  • Jul 5, 2021

Ditching grass could help your backyard thrive

Lawns are ecological “dead space." Experts explain how ditching grass can make your backyard thrive.
Climate Quiz

Heat pumps, E. coli and plastic waste

Take our reader quiz and test your knowledge about the ways the climate is changing — and what we can do about it. Questions like, what percentage of U.S. electricity goes toward pumping and treating water and wastewater?
  • May 30, 2021

Do you understand climate change: Rain bombs, carbon pricing and mass electrification

Test your knowledge about the ways the climate is changing — and what we can do about it.

Lawn care is going electric. And the revolution is here to stay.

From conservative Alabama to crunchy California, electric lawn equipment is quietly sweeping the nation.

A harvest for the world: A Black family farm is fighting racism in agriculture and climate change

Leah Penniman is teaching people of color to work the land without tilling and pesticides that harm the land and air. Hundreds are on a waiting list to learn.

Companies bet carbon labels can help the climate. Will consumers catch on?

Carbon labels are cropping up on a variety of consumer goods, making visible the carbon footprints of products and services that people use every day.

What lurks beneath: A new answer to more intense storms

Stormwater systems are the soft underbelly of American infrastructure and they’re increasingly vulnerable as climate change drives “rain bombs” that dump inches of water on cities in hours,
  • Jun 6, 2021

Nobel winner’s evolution from ‘dark realist’ to just plain realist on climate change

Nordhaus is attempting to frame the problems of climate change — taxes, individual ethics, corporate responsibility — and coming up with solutions.

'Cool’ roofs, cooler designs as the building industry embraces energy sustainability

Despite its still-big carbon footprint, advocates think the nation’s building sector could reach a net-zero-emissions future within a generation.
  • Jun 8, 2021

An inventor wants to stop global warming by electrifying everything

The 47-year-old, who won the MacArthur “genius” award in 2007 for his prodigious inventions “in the global public interest,” has spent the past decade working to solve climate change through technology.

Joanne Chory is using plants to save the planet

Plants are Earth's original carbon capture machines. Can they be engineered to stop climate change?

It’s wrong to blame ‘overpopulation’ for climate change

People don't warm the planet -- fossil fuels do.

Facing rising temperatures, Miami appoints chief heat officer

Jane Gilbert, the city’s new chief heat officer, says she will put together a task force of experts to address the problem.
  • May 12, 2021

Scientists say this E. coli won’t make you sick and could be good for the planet

Scientists say they have created a possible alternative to plastic using a bacteria better known for turning stomachs. They call it “aquaplastic.”
  • May 12, 2021

Bamboo bicycles, solar power and kelp forests

Test your knowledge about the ways the climate is changing — and what we can do about it

How to start tackling your home’s water — and climate — footprint

Every time we turn on the tap, we run up not only a water bill, but also climate emissions.

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself

Ecosystems can draw down carbon and buffer us from the worst effects of climate change — but only if we protect them.

Six ways to stay balanced during the climate crisis

Solar cars, wind farms and cactus in trouble

Test your knowledge about the ways the climate is changing — and what we can do about it.

Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Read this first.

Switching from combustion engines to electric cars is only half the battle; the U.S. must also make clean transportation accessible to all.

Saving the West’s most iconic cactus from climate change

A warming world means the invasive buffelgrass — a danger to the cactus — is thriving.
  • Mar 10, 2021

Biden administration backs nation’s biggest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard

The Biden administration took a crucial step Monday toward approving the nation’s biggest offshore wind energy project, which officials say signals the start to the massive clean power expansion in the fight against climate change.

It looks like the Batmobile, works on solar energy, and could be the future of cars

After decades of dreaming, a California start-up says it will roll out the first mass-produced solar cars this year.

How protecting the ocean can save species and fight climate change

By over-exploiting fisheries and mining and drilling the sea floor, humanity is risking not just the ocean’s health but our own, a new report shows.

A lesson in electric school buses

School board seals deal to bring 300 electric school buses to Montgomery County. The buses will recharge at night and run during the day. During the hot summers, the buses and charging stations can help store needed energy for local businesses.

This Austrian ski resort is preparing for a snowless future

St. Corona, a small village at the foot of the Alps, has long relied on skiers to support the local economy. But in a changing climate, where it can no longer count on snowy winters, the village is transitioning to a warm-weather economy.
  • Feb 18, 2021

A third of all food in the U.S. gets wasted. Fixing that could help fight climate change.

Food waste creates more greenhouse gases than the airline industry. But there are several ways to fix that, starting with your shopping habits.

The avocado in your Super Bowl guacamole is bad for the environment. You can make it better.

Avocado farms are bad for the environment and are frequently mired in economic and social problems, particularly in Mexico. But through sustainability certification, U.S. consumers can help make improvements.
  • Feb 4, 2021

The Empire State Building and its related buildings are now powered by wind

The Empire State Building and its 13 related properties are buying wind power, making it the nation's largest real estate portfolio to go green.

Reusing, recycling, rethinking

Disturbed by the amount of trash their family of four was generating, Justin and Anna Marino adopted a "zero waste" lifestyle. Then they took it a step further, opening the first zero-waste store in the Washington area.
(Gabriella Demczuk/For The Washington Post)
(Gabriella Demczuk/For The Washington Post)

Planting crops — and carbon, too

President Biden says farmers can adopt agricultural methods that help fight climate change. Maryland farmer Trey Hill has been trying.

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet

Weatherization can cut carbon, reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable -- and you might even be able to get the government to help pay for it.

United Airlines aims to suck carbon dioxide from the friendly skies

When it comes to cutting greenhouse gases that are driving up global temperatures and threatening the planet, there are few ways to reduce the pollution caused by air travel.

A surge in green financing boosts climate businesses

As the cost of renewable energy plummets and climate change awareness grows, investment in projects linked to climate change are becoming mainstream. Despite economic uncertainty in 2020, the amount of money invested in green or sustainable bonds doubled compared with 2019.

An island nation’s audacious effort to save its unique wildlife

New Zealand is seeking to go "predator-free" by 2050. Few countries have waged a battle like this on such a major scale, and what is learned here could offer lessons for others.
  • Jan 4, 2021

Climate News quiz: Zero waste and clam gardens

Test your knowledge of climate change news with this Post quiz.

Female scientists focus on a secret weapon to fight climate change: Moms

“One of the most powerful ways for us to connect over climate change is … this fundamental value that we share,” said scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who is helping to lead a $10 million campaign to educate mothers around ways to combat climate change. “We want to ensure a better and safer future for our child.”

Battling America’s ‘dirty secret’

Climate change raises the risk from failing sewage systems. So Catherine Coleman Flowers is working for a new way to deal with waste.

The District, three states sign agreement to curb transportation emissions

The group, which could be joined by other states, set a goal of reducing vehicle pollution by 26 percent in the next decade.

Biden wants the U.S. to stop contributing to climate change by 2050. Here’s what that would actually take.

A new Princeton report details exactly what it would take to no longer add carbon dioxide to the air.

Covid-19 sparked a run on outdoor heaters and fire pits. Which is better for the planet?

The long answer requires measuring each fuel's relative burn efficiency and performing a life cycle analysis of each device. The short answer? Just get a blanket.

An ancient people with a modern climate plan

A native American tribe living on an island off the coast of Washington long ago recognized the threat of climate change. They implemented a climate action plan in 2010, melding traditional practices with science. Now, 50 other native tribes across the country have similar strategies, way ahead of U.S. communities.
  • Nov 24, 2020

An unusual snack for cows, a powerful fix for climate

Scientists have discovered that feeding seaweed to cows significantly reduces the amount of methane they produce, while also helping them produce more milk and grow bigger.
  • Nov 27, 2020

How climate change is complicating a Thanksgiving staple

Heat waves, drought, warmer winters and erratic rainfall are creating challenges for cranberry growers who have farmed the red fruit for hundreds of years.
  • Nov 18, 2020

After a tornado nearly destroyed it, this town built back green

A tornado nearly destroyed tiny Greensburg, Kansas. The city harnessed that wind and rebuilt itself as an energy efficient wonder powered by 100 percent wind energy.

Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider.

To determine whether a product is truly “green,” you’ll have to look deeper than its earth-toned packaging.

A new era in maritime travel: Electric boats

Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls has launched North America’s first all-electric tour, zero-emissions tour boats.
  • Oct 29, 2020

Bezos makes first donations from Earth Fund for fighting climate change

The Amazon chief executive unveiled the first $791 million in donations from his $10 billion Earth Fund devoted to slowing down climate change.
Wind Energy

Three states — Maryland, Virginia, N. Carolina — to collaborate on offshore wind projects

Three governors declare region can be a hub for energy from ocean breezes.

Bringing the chill of the cosmos to a warming planet

Scientists are tapping into a law of physics to create cooling systems that work without special fuel or electricity.

How investors are coming up with the green to save the ocean blue

Environmental threats to oceans around the world are prompting innovative new approaches and deals to raise money for rescue efforts.
  • Oct 28, 2020

The link between weather disasters and climate change

Our Climate Curious columnist answers a question about whether recent wildfires, hurricanes and other weather disasters are connected to climate change

Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies

Several new funds are taking on “tough tech” — unsexy but important efforts to mitigate global warming.
Climate Solutions

They edited a book about the climate crisis. Here’s what they learned.

In the new anthology “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis," 41 writers, poets and activist reflect on what it takes to keep fighting for climate action.

Climate news quiz: Green aviation and wild prairie grass

Test your knowledge about ways the climate is changing. Our seventh installment on our quiz.

The plan to beam Australia’s Outback sun onto Asia’s power grids

Australian entrepreneurs envisage harnessing the power of the Outback sun and transmitting the energy to Asia.
  • Aug 10, 2020

How trucking eels is reviving a river

Some scientists say assisted migration could help more species survive the warming planet.

Big Oil’s green makeover

Can BP master new disruptive technologies or will it go the way of typewriter makers?

When Fashion is Fungal

Textiles have a big carbon footprint and then clog landfills when discarded. Could biodegradable clothes be a solution?

Cooling off without air-conditioning

A “Cold Tube” pavilion offers relief outdoors from heat and humidity.
  • Sep 10, 2020

Storing carbon in the prairie grass

Plans would pay landowners to keep the ecosystem in a natural state to fight climate change.
  • Aug 19, 2020

What the coronavirus can teach us about fighting climate change

The pandemic "provides feedback on a daily basis of what happens when you ignore science,” said atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe. Will that make people more willing to heed climate experts?

Climate change is bad news for your beach vacation

There is no going back to the beaches we once knew. The only question is, how do we want them to change?

America’s great outdoors is showing its age. Congress is proposing a facelift.

A bill that would provide billions of dollars to the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been called one of the most important environmental proposals in decades.

Can airplanes go green?

Val Miftakhov flew Europe’s largest commercial-grade all electric passenger plane last month.

Climate news quiz: Rock dust and heat-ready cities

Test your knowledge about ways the climate is changing.

How America’s hottest city will survive climate change

On a warming planet, heat hurts communities of color more. But Phoenix is finding ways to cool down.

Spreading rock dust on the ground could pull carbon from the air, researchers say

"Enhanced rock weatherization" could store CO2 while also fertilizing farms

Can India chart a low-carbon future? The world might depend on it.

An electric rickshaw revolution is a small battle in climate war.

Climate news quiz: Electric rickshaws and vampire energy

Test your knowledge about ways the climate is changing.

Climate change is also a racial justice problem

You can’t build an equitable society on a planet that’s been destabilized by human activities, scientists and activists say.

Turning manure into money

Utilities and farmers are turning cow manure into power — removing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere in the process. But is burning methane a climate solution or just a step on the way to green energy?
  • Jun 16, 2020

Capturing the green energy of the deep blue sea

Off the coast of Florida, a test is being conducted on whether the Gulf Stream can produce carbon-free electricity.
  • Jun 9, 2020
(Biz Herman/For The Washington Post)
(Biz Herman/For The Washington Post)

Empire State of Green

New York’s most famous skyscraper shrank its planet-warming emissions by 40 percent. Can the rest of the city do the same?

Hoovering the ocean

A nonprofit group is trying to help solve one of the planet’s most daunting problems: oceans littered with plastic.
  • May 13, 2020

Climate news quiz: Cycling lanes and ocean plastic

Test your knowledge about ways the climate is changing.

Why some spots on the planet are heating up faster than others

In some parts of the world, warming has been catastrophic.

Eating our way to a healthier planet

The new Food for Climate League aims to promote foods that are delicious, accessible and good for health and the climate
  • May 15, 2020

Europe’s cities allowing more space for bikes because of coronavirus

European cities are already reclaiming portions of busy thoroughfares to install new bike lanes.

In fast-warming Minnesota, scientists are trying to plant the forests of the future

Climate change is already causing "zombie forests" where trees can’t regenerate

In an Alps emptied by coronavirus, a lifelong mountaineer finds surprises

The ski resorts in Austria have been quiet, the hiking trails vacant. And that’s invited the return of elk, mountain goats and deer.

As a warming climate delivers more rain, one city is trying a green solution

More frequent flooding is overwhelming city drainage systems, sending raw sewage into rivers and streams. But Philadelphia is trying an innovative fix — capturing rainwater before flows into city drains.
Climate Quiz

Climate news quiz: Australian wildfires and garbage

All right: Time to see if you’ve been paying attention to The Post’s climate-related coverage. If you have, this quiz should be an easy A.
  • Feb 24, 2020

After decades of waterfront living, climate change is forcing communities to plan their retreat

With rising waters, stronger storms and more devastating flooding, the time to start pulling back is now, experts say.
  • Apr 13, 2020
(Michael Parkin for the Washington Post)
(Michael Parkin for the Washington Post)

Climate news quiz: Carbon sinks and retreating glaciers

Have you been paying attention to The Post’s climate-related coverage? If so, this quiz should be an easy A.

Climate change affects everything — even the coronavirus

In a warmer world, disease outbreaks are more common and people are less able to fight them.

Virginia becomes the first Southern state with a goal of carbon-free energy

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signs legislation to require utilities to switch to renewables by 2045.

Safe passages

Rocky Mountain animals will move as the climate warms. These corridors could give them an easier path.

How peer pressure can help save the planet

Buying a hybrid car convinces other people to buy them ultimately — a dynamic that can save the planet well down the road.
  • Feb 20, 2020

The audacious effort to reforest the planet: How trees can fight climate change

Trees are carbon-sucking machines and tree planting offers a simple, accessible, low-tech idea with wide appeal.

The plug-in electric car is having its moment. But despite false starts, Toyota is still trying to make the fuel cell happen.

California drivers enthusiastically signed up for Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicles. Three years later, they're on the fence about the technology.
(Adam Glanzman/For The Washington Post)
(Adam Glanzman/For The Washington Post)

Retreat or adapt: A city that flourished by the ocean is now preparing for rising seas

Facing climate change the city must gird itself for an era of rising seas — or be inundated

A small Canadian airline using a 63-year-old seaplane is on the forefront of electric-powered flight

Harbour Air’s maiden flight ranks it alongside global aviation and tech giants in the search for quieter, cleaner planes.
  • Jan 14, 2020

Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.

Patrick Angel spent decades overseeing the destruction of Kentucky's land. After a painful epiphany, he's devoting himself to making Appalachia green again.

Instead of releasing this greenhouse gas, beer brewers are selling it to pot growers

In a novel approach, Colorado brewers and marijuana growers are recycling carbon dioxide.
  • Feb 11, 2020

A new leaf on reforestation of tropical woods

These photographs show the leaves from seedlings grown at a remote nursery run by farmers in the village of Kawayanon.
(Michael Parkin for The Washington Post)
(Michael Parkin for The Washington Post)

Want a green Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t buy chocolate. Or roses.

It takes quite a bit of carbon to get these traditional tokens of romance from farm fields into your sweetheart’s hands.

What does ‘dangerous’ climate change really mean?

A guide to the world's warming targets -- and what might happen if we don't meet them.

Forget the log cabin. Wood buildings are climbing skyward — with pluses for the planet.

"Mass timber” construction is gaining ground, although not all environmentalists agree on its potential for slowing climate change.
  • Dec 12, 2019

BlackRock makes climate change central to its investment strategy

The shift by the nation’s leading money manager is sure to be closely watched by its rivals and the rest of corporate America.
  • Jan 14, 2020
Climate Curious

Are my hamburgers hurting the planet?

Cow flatulence isn't that bad for the environment. Their burps are the real problem.
  • Nov 18, 2019

Amid shut-off woes, a beacon of energy

A Native American tribe has insulated itself from California’s blackouts by creating a microgrid utility.
  • Jan 1, 2020

Revolutionary recycling? A new technology turns everyday trash into plastic treasure.

UBQ Materials says its process can profitably help tackle the world’s huge waste problem.
  • Nov 18, 2019
Climate Curious

What’s the greenest way to travel?

To protect the planet, you may need to see less of it.
  • Dec 12, 2019

One city’s plan to combat climate change: Bulldoze homes

Charlotte has been demolishing flood-prone houses for years. But the floods are getting bigger.
  • Nov 26, 2019

Quiz: How much do you know about climate change?

Climate change can feel confusing, and big, and scary. Trust us: We get it. With this first quiz, we’ll start with some of the basics. Can you pass Climate Change 101?
  • Nov 22, 2019
The past year has brought a drumbeat of alarming news about the impact of climate change: shattered temperature records, deadly heat waves, accelerating sea level rise and more. Yet many people are working hard to turn things around, offering hope and inspiration. The Washington Post aims to give them the attention they deserve.
  • Nov 18, 2019

Divers re-emplanting corals on degraded reefs

Multiple approaches underway to try to repair portions of reef systems lost to warming water
  • Oct 10, 2019
(Ulf Svane/For The Washington Post)
(Ulf Svane/For The Washington Post)

What it takes to be carbon neutral — for a family, a city, a country

Amid mounting global concern about climate change, Denmark has turned into a buzzing hive of green experimentation.
  • Nov 19, 2019

The troubling ethics of fashion in the age of climate change

Is it possible to create beautiful clothing that doesn’t imperil the environment?
  • Nov 18, 2019

Climate change will spark a baby boom of blue crabs. Then predators will relocate from the south and eat them.

A new study promised a rare positive development from global warming for Maryland’s favorite crustacean. But bad news wasn’t far behind.

How you can reduce your carbon footprint when you travel

Your choices can make a difference. But your trip will have an environmental impact.
  • Nov 27, 2019

Scientists in historic Arctic expedition choose ice floe where they’ll spend the next year

After a rigorous search in a rapidly melting Arctic, researchers have finally found a suitable floe with which their vessel can drift across the North Pole.

The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide

The most prominent efforts to prevent that crisis involve reducing carbon emissions. But another idea is also starting to gain traction — sucking all that carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it underground.

What the Space Age taught us: Earth is the best of all possible worlds

Star Trekking put on hold as visionaries appreciate the home planet anew
  • Jun 18, 2019

The next money crop for farmers: Solar panels

In Illinois, a push for renewable energy could alter the state’s agricultural landscape.
  • Feb 22, 2019

Governments could take decades to save species. Here’s what you can do now.

Conservationists and authors of a United Nations report on biodiversity loss say individuals have the power to create meaningful change.

Britain pledges to reach net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050

The government said Britain would be the first “major economy” to enshrine net-zero carbon targets in law. 

Europe’s flight-shame movement has travelers taking trains to save the planet

Young Europeans are digging out their parents’ yellowing Europe-by-rail guidebooks.

Earth’s population is skyrocketing. How do you feed 10 billion people sustainably?

A new study finds the current methods of producing, distributing and consuming food aren’t cutting it.

A climate change solution slowly gains ground

Companies leading the hunt for ways to skim carbon dioxide from the air are attracting interest from big deep-pocketed corporations — including oil companies.

To restore Internet access after a massive earthquake, the Peruvian government turned to balloons

When a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck remote parts of Peru’s Amazon region, Loon — an Internet-providing balloon service owned by Alphabet — dispatched a group of balloons to the impacted area.

As seas rise, the U.N. explores a bold plan: Floating cities

Buoyant platforms that can weather cyclones and climate change could provide room for crowded coastal cities to grow.
  • Apr 5, 2019

The London Marathon’s method for reducing plastic bottles: Edible seaweed pouches

At the London Marathon, participants received a new kind of refreshment: tiny pouches filled with a sports drink and made from seaweed. The squishy pods gave race organizers a chance to cut down on the flood of plastic waste that accompanies major sporting events.

The world is getting hotter. Can temperature-controlled clothing provide some relief?

Sony has introduced a new product called the Reon Pocket, which operates like a mobile air conditioner that fits inside clothing.

D.C.-area gas station shuts off the pumps and goes all-electric

RS Automotive will become the first service station in the nation to completely convert their equipment from offering gasoline to 100 percent electric power.

A field in D.C. will soon be home to 5,000 solar panels. It’s all because of local Catholic groups — and a message from the pope.

Churches say they are fulfilling God’s command — and the wishes of Francis in “Laudato Si” — by switching to renewable energy.

Sierra Club’s new guide to plug-in electric vehicles is out just in time for Earth Day

The Sierra Club's annual guide to buying plug-in electric vehicles provides a user-friendly quiz to help you identify possible vehicles to buy.