The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, is running for president. His fans call him Mayor Pete and he was virtually unknown until recently, but this Rhodes Scholar and veteran of Navy intelligence is riding high on a wave of media attention, in part because of his relentless focus on the future instead of the past.
Until recently, Sehuencas water frogs were among the more than 500 species of frogs and other amphibians on the brink of extinction. Just one male, named Romeo, was living in a lab in Bolivia, assumed to be the last of his species. But researchers recently found five more of these frogs in a cloud forest in the mountains of Bolivia. They took one of the females, named her Juliet, and brought her to meet Romeo.
Last month, Cyclone Idai devastated southeastern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank has estimated more than $2 billion will be needed for recovery. Mozambique's $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, was only 23% funded as of April 15, 2019.
A constitutional crisis looms in Brazil as its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, seeks to open the Amazon rainforest to more development.
The Green New Deal resolution recently introduced by Democrats in Congress calls for the US to quickly decarbonize its economy, but does not mention carbon pricing, a strategy supported by many economists. In a recent editorial, The Washington Post laid out its case for putting a high price on carbon to encourage decarbonization rather than imposing government mandates.
When Anna Grace Hottinger, from Shoreview, Minnesota, heard her sister was evacuated due to the California wildfires, she knew she had to do something to fight against climate change. She joined Minnesota Can't Wait, a climate advocacy group.
A technique called bioacoustic monitoring is helping scientists get a better picture of the biodiversity of forests.
President Donald Trump’s push for a wall on the US-Mexico border has stirred up strong feelings on the immigration issue. But the wall would also have an environmental impact, which many experts say would be quite substantial.
In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people are being displaced from their coastal homes and are moving into the slums of cities unprepared to handle the influx. What’s new is the frequency of climate-related catastrophes and the scale of their impact.
The government’s ability to exert eminent domain powers has literally paved the way for much of America’s fundamental infrastructure. Pipelines, highways, railroads, high-voltage transmission lines — all of these projects tend to require long paths across the landscape. Farms and even suburban neighborhoods can be caught in the middle.