Reading Time: 4 minutes Republicans portray themselves as the strongest supporters of the military. But when the Pentagon warns that global warming threatens US national security, they are nowhere to be found.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Berta Cáceres, who defended the rights of indigenous people against big-money interests, was gunned down in her native Honduras.
Reading Time: 6 minutes The fire, burning underneath a dump, is causing health problems while politicians and the landfill owners fight over what, if anything, to do about it.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Documentarian Josh Fox made his name showing us the real face of fracking. Now, he makes it possible for us to really, truly, see Climate Change in perspective — to take a moment to love the world, and to consider doing something.
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Reading Time: < 1 minute Hydropower — touted as clean and green —
is actually neither. Environmentalists say it devastates lives, destroys rivers, produces methane which contributes to global warming, and fuels corruption. Calling it a “false solution” to combat climate change, they are urging governments to pull funding for massive dam projects, particularly in tropical regions. Here’s why. (VIDEO)
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.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Will the Pope’s courageous stand on the environment extend to challenging those who hypocritically associate themselves with it?
Reading Time: 4 minutes For the first time ever, a court has ordered a government to protect its citizens from climate change. A court in the Netherlands has mandated carbon emissions cuts of 25% by 2020. Could a legal strategy work in the United States also—to finally drive meaningful action?
Reading Time: 8 minutes The search for a dirty-bomb in New York City has uncovered a history of radioactive contamination… and a lingering mystery from the Manhattan Project.
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.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Big Coal, legally mandated to clean up mining-operation messes left behind in several states, could end up sticking taxpayers with the bill for its dirty deeds.
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.
Reading Time: 3 minutes When the Oklahoma Geological Survey released a statement indicating that an increase in seismic activity was likely caused by humans, one billionaire called for the termination of scientists responsible for the report.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Why did the president back away from a commitment that federal agencies use green electronics? Buried in a recent Executive Order on sustainability is recycled rhetoric that undermines long-standing federal policy.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Chevron is selling treated wastewater to California that has been shown to include oil and potentially harmful chemicals. What exactly is in the water used in agriculture is still the oil giant’s dirty secret.
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.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes A spate of derailments of trains carrying crude oil has hit the U.S. and Canada, and a new report warns that the technology involved is outdated and dangerous – and little is being done to address it. Mary Papenfuss investigates.