Coronavirus is a tragedy but it could be the wake-up call we need

Global growth was already slowing but not enough to save the Earth from disaster. Hopefully we will be shocked out of our complacency For some time this pandemic will focus almost all of our attention. It is a tragedy that will play out differently in different parts of the world; the poor world will suffer […]

Greta Thunberg told to study economics by US treasury secretary

Steven Mnuchin takes swipe at activists call for immediate fossil fuel divestment Donald Trumps treasury secretary has dismissed at a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Quick guide What is Davos 2020? Show Hide Davos is a Swiss ski resort now more famous for hosting the annual four-day conference for the World […]

Trump hails 1tn trees plan but ignores roots of problem

If US president really wants to protect trees he should rethink his climate-wrecking policies Trees are great. They give us oxygen, take away CO2, provide nests for birds and habitats for wildlife, protect against flooding and even help to clean up lung-shredding air pollutants from traffic. As the fires, agriculture and logging, the World Economic […]

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Cancer Town, our year-long project on a Louisiana community fighting big polluters, was funded with reader donations we raised last year Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Make a contribution For years, the residents of Reserve, a town in southern Louisiana next door to a chemical plant, have suffered a cancer risk rate […]

Artist Turns Trash Into Animals To Remind Us About Pollution (30 New Pics)

The Portuguese artist has had so much success locally in getting his message across, he’s now gone global. Following on from a previous post we now bring you his latest works, ranging from places as diverse as the USA, Estonia and Tahiti. Bordalo scavenges his materials from waste that was dumped in the area and […]

Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate

Scientists say July at least equalled and may have beaten hottest month on record The record-breaking heatwave that roasted Europe last month was a one-in-a-thousand-year event made up to 100 times more likely by human-driven climate change, scientists have calculated. Around the globe, July at least equalled and may have surpassed the hottest month on […]

Lean meat: US pork prices rise as sweltering summer leads to skinny pigs

Farmers say they have more slender summer herd to sell after overweight and numerous pigs in spring led to lowest prices in a decade Lean times for US pig farmers have led to an unforeseen spike in pork prices. Sweltering under record-setting summer temperatures, pigs that have sweated off the pounds and are now considered […]

‘So much land under so much water’: extreme flooding is drowning parts of the midwest

As relentless rain wreaks havoc in the farm belt, many struggle to cope Even with half of the houses on her street underwater, Dina Barker looked at the numbers and calculated that it was worth holding out. The rate at which water was pouring out of the rain-swollen Keystone dam less than 10 miles up […]

Rotten eggs: e-waste from Europe poisons Ghana’s food chain

Toxins from old computers, fridges and other electronic goods are polluting chicken eggs in an area where 80,000 people live Some of the most hazardous chemicals on Earth are entering the food chain in Ghana from illegally disposed electronic waste coming from Europe. According to a new report by two environmental groups tracking the disposal […]

‘Privatizing the coast’: are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches?

As some try to seal off stretches of coastline for private use, the state wants to tackle a growing divide between rich and poor Privates Beach is named not for its exclusivity but for a permissive attitude toward nude sunbathing. This small patch of paradise on the California coastline is adored by locals, and anyone […]