NYT > Climate and Environment

  • An Intimate Look at Mexico’s Indigenous Seri People
    by Núria López Torres on 2022-05-16 in Indigenous People, Mexico, Women and Girls, Sonoran Desert, Gulf of California (Mexico), Travel and Vacations, Solar Energy, Mines and Mining

    The identity of the Seri is integrally tied to their natural environment, which in recent years has been susceptible to an increasing number of existential threats.

  • The Unlikely Ascent of New York’s Compost Champion
    by Cara Buckley on 2022-05-15 in Morales, Domingo, Compost, Recycling of Waste Materials, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Public and Subsidized Housing, New York City, Content Type: Personal Profile

    An ad led to Domingo Morales falling in love with compost. A windfall is helping him spread the word.

  • The Tesla Effect: Snowmobiles, Boats and Mowers Go Electric
    by Jack Ewing on 2022-05-15 in Taiga Motors Inc, Snowmobiles, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Boats and Boating, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Batteries, BRP Companies, Tesla Motors Inc

    They’re quieter and better for the climate. But snow and water create new technological challenges for designers.

  • The Tick That Causes a Meat Allergy Is on the Move
    by Livia Albeck-Ripka on 2022-05-13 in Ticks (Insects), Lyme Disease, Deer, Allergies, Global Warming, United States

    The lone star tick can trigger an allergic reaction to red meat in those bitten. Now this arachnid’s territory is expanding.

  • How Climate Change Fits in the Australian Elections
    by Somini Sengupta on 2022-05-13 in Australia, Elections, Coal, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, internal-storyline-no, internal-sub-only-nl

    The country has been hit hard by wildfires and other climate disasters, but it’s also making tons of money from fossil fuels.

  • Did Warming Play a Role in Deadly South African Floods? Yes, a Study Says.
    by Henry Fountain on 2022-05-13 in Floods, South Africa, Global Warming, Research, World Weather Attribution, Landslides and Mudslides, Deaths (Fatalities), Kwazulu-Natal Province (South Africa), Eastern Cape Province (South Africa), Rain, Durban (South Africa)

    sharply increased the chances of catastrophic rains in the country’s east, a team of researchers has found.

  • That’s All, Folks: A Serious Joke Book About Climate Change
    by Elizabeth Kolbert on 2022-05-13 in Books and Literature, Children and Childhood, genre-books-childrens, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Earth, Global Warming, Miles, Nicole (Illustrator), Save the People!: Halting Human Extinction (Book), McAnulty, Stacy

    Stacy McAnulty’s “Save the People!” employs humor to call middle grade readers to action.

  • Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive
    by Glenn Thrush and Lisa Friedman on 2022-05-12 in Lowndes County (Ala), Water Pollution, Civil Rights and Liberties, Environmental Protection Agency, Justice Department, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Garland, Merrick B, Global Warming, Black People, Hispanic-Americans

    The agency has announced a series of policies intended to elevate those efforts, including the creation of an office meant to address the “harm caused by environmental crime, pollution and climate change.”

  • A Sci-Fi Writer Returns to Earth: ‘The Real Story Is the One Facing Us’
    by Alexandra Alter on 2022-05-12 in Books and Literature, Writing and Writers, Global Warming, Content Type: Personal Profile, genre-books-science-fiction, Robinson, Kim Stanley, audio-neutral-immersive

    Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the most acclaimed living science fiction writers, is done with deep space narratives. His focus now is on solving real problems — like climate change.

  • Biden Administration Cancels Oil Drilling Sales in Alaska and Gulf of Mexico
    by Lisa Friedman on 2022-05-12 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Offshore Drilling and Exploration, Natural Gas, Federal Lands, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska

    Republicans link the move to rising gas prices while the administration said it was a result of conflicting legal opinions and a lack of interest among bidders.

  • Air Pollution Can Mean More, or Fewer, Hurricanes. It Depends Where You Live.
    by Henry Fountain on 2022-05-12 in Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Air Pollution, Oceans and Seas, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Research, Science Advances (Journal), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Murakami, Hiroyuki

    Smog from factories and cars has led to more storms in the Atlantic Ocean, but fewer in the Pacific. A new study explains why.

  • GM’s Mary Barra Has a Plan to Win the Electric Vehicle Race
    by Neal E. Boudette on 2022-05-12 in General Motors, Barra, Mary T, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Automobiles, Production, Tesla Motors Inc, Ford Motor Co, Factories and Manufacturing, visionaries2022

    The General Motors chief says efficiencies, innovations and learning from mistakes will allow her company to become a leader in electric vehicles.

  • La Gran Mancha de Basura del Pacífico también alberga una gran riqueza de especies marinas
    by Annie Roth on 2022-05-11 in Pacific Ocean, Plastics, Fish and Other Marine Life, Water Pollution, Waste Materials and Disposal, Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Oceans and Seas, Research, bioRxiv, your-feed-science

    Los investigadores descubrieron una abundante vida marina en medio de los desechos que flotan sobre la superficie del Pacífico; el hallazgo podría tener implicaciones para las labores de limpieza del océano.

  • Everything You Thought You Knew, and Why You’re Wrong
    by Nathaniel Rich on 2022-05-11 in Books and Literature, Food, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Chomsky, Noam, How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going (Book), Smil, Vaclav

    A scientist and policy analyst examines the systems that rule our world, denounces easy solutions and makes the case for uncertainty.

  • High Winds Give New Mexico Firefighters Little Respite
    by Christine Hauser on 2022-05-11 in Weather, Wildfires, Fires and Firefighters, Mora (NM), Albuquerque (NM), New Mexico, Santa Fe (NM)

    Driven by erratic gusts, the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire has consumed more than 200,000 acres, the largest active blaze in the United States.

  • U.S. Gas Prices Hit a High, but Oil Market May Signal Relief
    by Clifford Krauss on 2022-05-10 in Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates), Inflation (Economics), Natural Gas, United States Economy

    The average gallon of regular fuel reached $4.37. But West Texas crude fell below $100, a decline of roughly 10 percent since the weekend.

  • Redefining ‘Sustainable Fashion’
    by Vanessa Friedman on 2022-05-10 in Fashion and Apparel, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Living, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    At its heart, the term, which can leave us feeling as if we’re chasing an impossible ideal, is a contradiction.

  • How shareholders are pushing big banks for climate action
    by Manuela Andreoni on 2022-05-10 in Banking and Financial Institutions, Shareholder Rights and Activism, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, internal-storyline-no, internal-sub-only-nl

    So far, many financial institutions have avoided decisive measures. But the pressure from activist shareholders isn’t going away.

  • Peloton Plunge
    by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Vivian Giang, Stephen Gandel, Lauren Hirsch, Ephrat Livni, Jenny Gross and Anna Schaverien on 2022-05-10 in Peloton Interactive Inc, Grindr.com, Robin Hood Foundation, McCarthy, Barry, Company Reports, Online Dating, Children and Childhood, Mobile Applications, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline

    The fitness company’s first quarterly earnings report under its new chief executive showed losses of $757 million, far more than analysts expected.

  • Oil Giants Sell Dirty Wells to Buyers With Looser Climate Goals, Study Finds
    by Hiroko Tabuchi on 2022-05-10 in Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Eni SpA, Environmental Defense Fund, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Trans-Niger Oil & Gas, Total SA, Pertamina, QatarEnergy, CNOOC Ltd, Slant Energy, Apache Corp, Nigeria, Texas, Permian Basin (North America)

    The transactions can help major oil and gas companies clean up their own production by transferring polluting assets to a different firm, the analysis said.

  • The Ocean’s Biggest Garbage Pile Is Full of Floating Life
    by Annie Roth on 2022-05-08 in Pacific Ocean, Plastics, Fish and Other Marine Life, Water Pollution, Waste Materials and Disposal, Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Oceans and Seas, Research, bioRxiv, your-feed-science

    Researchers found that small sea creatures exist in equal number with pieces of plastic in parts of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which could have implications for cleaning up ocean pollution.

  • Oil Profits Soar, but the Industry’s Path Forward Remains Uncertain
    by Somini Sengupta on 2022-05-07 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, internal-storyline-no, internal-sub-only-nl, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Exxon Mobil Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc

    Here are four climate takeaways from a dramatic turnaround — a year after a surge of shareholder activism in the industry, as well as a remarkable court ruling against Shell.

  • Climate Change Is Straining California’s Energy System, Officials Say
    by Benjamin Mullin on 2022-05-07 in California, California Independent System Operator, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, Solar Energy, Electric Light and Power, Global Warming, Heat and Heat Waves, Wildfires

    Officials warned that extreme weather events could cause outages and that power bills would increase as providers covered rising energy costs.

  • Canadian Hydropower Destined for U.S. Hits a Roadblock in Maine
    by David Gelles and Renaud Philippe on 2022-05-07 in Alternative and Renewable Energy, Global Warming, Hydro-Quebec, Avangrid Renewables LLC, Iberdrola SA, Canada, Maine, Hydroelectric Power, Massachusetts, Quebec Province (Canada), Referendums, Supreme Courts (State), Rumors and Misinformation, Conservation of Resources

    Power companies, conservationists, local residents and two U.S. states are mired in an acrimonious dispute about hydroelectricity from Quebec.

  • Europe’s Quest to Replace Russian Gas Faces Plenty of Hurdles
    by Clifford Krauss on 2022-05-06 in Natural Gas, International Trade and World Market, Energy and Power, Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022), Europe, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, United States, North Africa

    Climate concerns, investor reticence and political disputes complicate a shift to supplies from the United States, North Africa and the Mediterranean.