Exxon Feeling the Heat Ahead of Paris Climate Conference

Reading Time: 2 minutes As all eyes turn to the Paris climate talks, ExxonMobil finds itself in hot water. A series of disclosures reveal that the oil giant not only knew about the risk of climate change in the 1970s but slashed funding for further research when it became clear that there was not going to be any regulation on the issue for a long time.

GMO Makers, Their Puppets in Academia, and The New York Times

Reading Time: 7 minutes Are GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods good for you and the environment? Whom should you go to for answers? Scientists necessarily know more about such stuff than the rest of us — but be careful. The ones you are most likely to hear from are actually propagandists paid for by the biotech industry. And from what you can read about it in the mainstream media — especially The New York Times — the industry’s grip on academia and the media is much tighter, wider, and deeper than you would ever guess.

How Solar Energy Saved a School–and Could Save a Lot More

Reading Time: 4 minutes With Iowa’s ahead-of-the-pack presidential caucus upcoming in February, anything that happens in the Hawkeye state is fraught with political significance. Except when it’s not. What occurred in the tiny village of Crawfordsville (pop. 264) may not swing an election, but it just might get solar power skeptics to think again about the sun’s rays as a practical source of energy.

Paid Not to Drill? Not So Fast

Reading Time: 9 minutes In 2010, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa became the first national leader in the world to rule out drilling for oil in a major petroleum field for ecological reasons. Less than five years later, however, he has backtracked on his promise, and the future of the environmentally important Yasuni National Park is up in the air, as the debate rages on.

WhoWhatWhy Exclusive: Our Homeless, Explosive Radioactive Waste

Reading Time: 7 minutes A formidable glitch occurred just as the United States prepares to embark on a multi-billion-dollar program to restart production of nuclear weapons. An explosion at an underground waste dump in New Mexico—complete with some sky-high kitty litter—is highlighting the dangers inherent not only in the weapons of mass destruction themselves but in the deadly wastes their development has left over the past 75 years. Here’s WhoWhatWhy’s exclusive report.

Secret Tapes Reveal Contamination a Big Joke to Big Oil

Reading Time: 5 minutes A 2014 ruling that all but absolved Chevron for one of the worst oil spills in South American history is being challenged in a New York appeals court. Video tapes showing Chevron officials laughing at the environmental destruction they caused in the rainforest—tapes that were not permitted as evidence in the 2014 trial—may be the long-sought “smoking gun.”

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Colluders in Crude: The Oily Politics of How the Obama Administration Sided with BP Over the American People

Reading Time: 12 minutes “I am a first-hand witness to the Obama administration’s complicity in putting the interests of a foreign company above and beyond the health and safety of American workers.” Environmental plaintiff attorney Stuart H. Smith, who represented thousands of clients against BP, reveals just how much the administration knew—and tried to cover up—after the largest marine oil spill in history.

America’s Radioactive National Park

Reading Time: 8 minutes Tucked away in last year’s defense bill is a measure establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. It encompasses three sites crucial to America’s wartime entry to the atomic age. Is the new park a monument to death or glorious victory? Paul DeRienzo went to one of the sites to find out.