A Buddhist nun with a shaved head takes part in a Kung Fu display
After facing the consequences of climate change first-hand in their own villages, the nuns decided to start walking with two strong messages: protect the environment, and empower women.
Steven Gallegos, a vector control specialist with the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, inspects a water sample at a park in Covina, California, to check for mosquito larvae.
Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, and climate change will worsen the threat. Little-known local agencies are the main line of defense.
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Secretary-General António Guterres has asked countries to come to the UN summit with specific plans for how they intend to cut carbon emissions in line with the most recent science, which says global greenhouse gas emissions must fall 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
A cityscape of Anchorage, Alaska with dog-sled racers and mountains
Alaska is experiencing climate change faster than other parts of the planet. With state leadership waning, Anchorage is taking on the climate fight.
A California car smog check center is seen in Los Angeles with an American flag
US President Donald Trump announced a planned withdrawal from the Paris climate accords two years ago, but states and local governments haven't all followed suit. What impact has US policy whiplash had on the climate two years later?
Red and orange blazing fires in Amazon forest
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon is on the rise since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has backed farmers and corporations bent on turning old growth forest into soy fields and cattle ranches.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
The UN climate report found that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) this century is still technically possible. But to keep that possibility alive, the world would have to cut its global greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 45% from 2010 levels by 2030.
The Mississippi River as seen from flying above in an airplane shows several boats carrying goods.
Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.
The San Nicolas mine in Spain's northern region of Asturias is the last working coalmine in all of Spain. At its peak, it employed around two thousand people — today, about two hundred people work there.
As Europe transitions away from coal, it's unclear whether the newly-elected Spanish Socialists can offer hope to the region of Asturias, where people have mined coal for 150 years.
Protesters hold signs and yell during a protest.
The NGO Global Witness detailed in its annual report how the Philippines has been identified as the deadliest country in the world for environmental activists, in large part due to violence and intimidation from the mining, energy, and logging industries.