Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site.

In Puerto Rico, water is being pumped to people by water authorities from a federally designated hazardous-waste site. more…

Editor comments: Climate-related weather disasters are driving health concerns in Puerto Rico (Superfund water), Texas (petrochemical spills) and California (toxic air). -JPM

Fish blood in their veins — but few salmon in their river.

This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe. more…

China's pollution crackdown is gaining momentum.

In pockets of China’s industrial heartland, a government push to clean up the environment and cut excess output is starting to bite: Furnaces have gone cold, the lights have been switched off, migrant workers are drifting back home. more…


Fire-fighting chemicals and drinking water.

The PFAS saga is not just an issue for those who live near the Williamtown RAAF base and other hot spots around the nation. more…

See it, say it: Climate change.

Denial by the White House will sadly increase the intensity of storms and wildfires. more…

Undoing the Clean Power Plan.

EPA Director Scott Pruitt achieved a long-sought personal victory last week when he signed a measure to begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 measure aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. more…


The diplomat behind the Paris climate agreement says the world is moving forward without Donald Trump.

Christiana Figueres remains optimistic about tackling global warming. more…

Transition sacred.

As Pope Francis has put it, we need an "ecological conversion." more…

Filters: A cigarette engineering hoax that harms both smokers and the environment.

Without filters, the number of lethal lung cancers may be reduced, more smokers would quit because of the harsh taste, and fewer young people would start smoking. more…

In the News

Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge.

Wild poliovirus clings to a tenuous existence in areas like those haunted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, where eradication is costly, dangerous, and urgent. Undark

Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wildlife refuge.

The deal with Alaska, to benefit a remote town, would ignore a decades-old ban on development in protected wilderness. Washington Post

'Lead in my bones': Living a contaminated life in East Chicago.

The NAACP kicked off an initiative in East Chicago to teach children how to test their soil, water and air for lead. Indianapolis Star, Indiana

Truth is, conflicting water studies are stressing out some in Flint.

Researchers admit their findings need to be reviewed and replicated by others before anyone can claim to be closer to the truth about the effect tainted water had on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Detroit Free Press, Michigan

In Puerto Rico, a daily struggle for water and food.

People in poor communities hit hard by the hurricane are rationing their food, water and propane, and hospitals are trying to operate on shaky power supplies. InsideClimate News

Weedkiller dicamba unlocks record harvests – and a web of conflict among divided farmers.

Dicamba has emerged as a successor to Monsanto's Roundup, but recriminations and lawsuits have followed. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri

PODCAST: Romaine calm and curry on.

Food insecurity in the form of malnutrition could be addressed in both developed and developing countries with the help of agricultural biotechnology. Did you know that the same technologies may conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable food production? The Forum

Another Obama decision reversed? Now it’s about food safety.


Citing President Donald Trump's calls for deregulation, Republican lawmakers and the chicken industry are aggressively lobbying to speed up poultry inspection lines. NBC News

California mobile home park residents face barriers to clean water.

Study finds more frequent service cuts and dirtier water in trailer parks. Circle of Blue

Ten miles of California's loveliest countryside, transformed by fire.

The wildfires displayed a cruel California truth: Living in the state's most beautiful spots has always required a sacrifice in safety. Washington Post

Trump pick for top environment post: Carbon dioxide is 'the gas of life.'

President Donald Trump has picked Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator and unapologetic advocate of expanding U.S. fossil fuel production regardless of carbon dioxide emissions, for the top White House environment post. InsideClimate News

See photos of the most crowded island on Earth.

People who find a way to live in difficult environmental conditions have always fascinated photographer Charlie Cordero. National Geographic Magazine

A hard shore is a dead shore.

How anti-erosion measures hurt fish—and living shorelines may help. Hakai Magazine

David Attenborough urges action on plastics after filming Blue Planet II.

Naturalist says experience making second series of BBC show revealed devastating threat posed to oceans by plastic. The Guardian

Raw sewage 'flowing into rivers across England and Wales.'

A WWF analysis reports that 40% of rivers are polluted with sewage that can harm wildlife and put human health at risk. The Guardian

Firms act on ocean plastic from Southeast Asia.

Two initiatives involving industry aim to stop ocean plastic pollution at the source. Chemical & Engineering News

Plastic pollution: An increasing threat to marine life in Pakistan.

The issue of plastic pollution along Pakistan’s coast is a major concern and is worsening due to inadequate solid waste disposal systems. Lahore Daily Times, Pakistan