In their own words: Oral histories of California farmworkers.

Journalist Gabriel Thompson collected the stories of 17 farmworkers who share the day-to-day struggles of life in the fields. more…

Deepening drought hits Ethiopia herders as millions go hungry.

Eastern and southern Africa were hit hard last year by drought exacerbated by El Niño that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher. more…

Editorials

New climate change report likely to be ignored to death.

The scientific argument about climate change is over. It’s silly to deny it. It’s shameful to know it and ignore it. more…

Army should pay its share for Superfund site cleanup.

It is clear that the National Guard was a primary contributor to the problem, and should also contribute to the cleanup. more…

Tainted eggs.

The egg contamination crisis exposes a problem caused by a combination of government laxity and the lack of professional ethics on the part of farmers. A bigger cause for concern is that the egg industry might not be the only one with such a problem. more…

Opinions

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet.

Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play. more…

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?

It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality. more…

Why flooding in Nigeria is an increasingly serious problem.

Rainstorms are getting more intense, sea levels are rising and infrastructure can't cope. more…

Revitalize the world’s countryside.

Cities and villages are an organic whole. Both must be developed sustainably to support each other. more…

In the News

Undermanned EPA delays action on lead in drinking water.

Even after the Flint scandal reawakened the nation to the dangers posed by lead drinking water pipes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears to be in no rush to strengthen federal health standards. Circle of Blue

Trump’s first list of science priorities ignores climate—and departs from his own budget request.

The memo lists five priority areas (in this order): military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance, and health. Each is prefaced by the word “American” in keeping with the administration’s approach to branding issues. Science

Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations.

Little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades. News21

Records show EPA efforts to slow herbicide review came in coordination with Monsanto.

Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. HuffPost

Breakthrough could help predict a catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen.

The ocean has lost 2 percent of its oxygen in just 50 years. Now scientists have for the first time measured a devastating loss of oxygen in ancient oceans, which could help them quantify future losses. Oceans Deeply

This coral reef now has its own innovative insurance policy.

Because the reef protects the businesses on the shore in Mexico, it offers an incredible amount of economic value. Now, when it’s damaged, repairing it will be paid for. Fast Company

National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it.

The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled. Washington Post

Renewable energy isn’t just cutting costs, it’s saving lives.

A new study shows that renewables, particularly solar and wind energy, have significantly improved air quality in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The increased use of solar and wind resulted in thousands of lives saved. Futurism

Blackstone’s new pipeline asset is wreaking environmental havoc.

Since February of this year, the Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline has racked up more environmental violations than other major interstate natural gas pipelines built in the last two years. Bloomberg News

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch.

Many of the fracking jobs require highly technical skills and are often going to experienced workers brought in from out of state who then move on to the next job without sinking roots. Bloomberg News

Enbridge Line 3 options all would hurt American Indians, report says.

Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on American Indians in northern Minnesota. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money.

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out. Vox

Cold food, hot air.

EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire