By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2017
While the Oroville Dam crisis highlighted the crumbling nature of US dams, levees around the country are also in deteriorating conditions.
By Zaida Green, 23 February 2017
The eviction orders from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor come as developers rush to complete the pipeline.
By Glenn Mulwray, 22 February 2017
Rainstorms wreaked havoc over Southern California last weekend, causing mass power outages and flooding.
By Daniel de Vries, 18 February 2017
Former Oklahoma attorney general and anti-regulation zealot Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2017
Scientists at various government agencies are concerned that any mention of climate science will be silenced.
By Gary Joad, 30 January 2017
Wednesday’s northern Iowa diesel pipeline spill is reportedly the largest diesel spill in the United States since January 2010.
By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2017
A system of storms that developed on the Gulf Coast on Saturday has claimed 18 lives, and continued to threaten through Monday morning.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 January 2017
After eight years in which the Obama administration did nothing to address climate change, the incoming Trump government is set to fully deregulate greenhouse gas emissions.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 December 2016
Global warming has caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016
The BBC documentary explores how life has evolved and adapted across islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities.
By our reporter, 3 December 2016
The Liberal government has declared it is prepared to use force against those protesting expansion of Canada’s oil pipelines.
By Shelley Connor, 2 December 2016
Tornadoes descended upon the Southeast on Wednesday, killing six people and complicating wildfire rescue efforts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 November 2016
Sophia Wilansky, 21, was severely injured by a police concussion grenade, and may require an arm amputation.
By Kevin Martinez, 22 November 2016
Violence broke out on Sunday night when protesters tried to remove a blockade but were stopped by police using water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 November 2016
Never since satellite monitoring began in the late 1970s has such little ice covered the polar seas this time of year.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 November 2016
The mainly Native American protesters have received over $1 million in crowdsource funding, but only silence from Hillary Clinton and attacks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
By Marc Wells, 31 October 2016
At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Italians in the central area of Marche and Umbria were woken by a violent earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.
By Zaida Green, 29 October 2016
Police officers in riot gear from five states were supported by National Guard troops and armored vehicles, arresting 141 protesters.
By John Braddock, 20 October 2016
The report points to the dire social consequences of extreme weather events and vast climatic changes across the Pacific.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016
Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2016
As many as 38 people have died in the US and tens of thousands continue to be impacted in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which came ashore late last week.
By John Harris, 10 October 2016
The estimate, which is yet to be verified by an analysis of official mortality data, far exceeds the Indonesian government’s death toll.
By John Marion, 5 October 2016
The storm made landfall Tuesday morning in a country that has been devastated by the 2010 earthquake and still lacks basic infrastructure.
By Catherine Long, 3 September 2016
Extremely high levels of lead and arsenic are present in the soil due to the historic absence of environmental controls on the metal smelting industry in East Chicago.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 September 2016
Temperature records from ice cores and sediments show that the current rate of global warming is faster than at any point in the past millennium.
By Dan Conway, 18 August 2016
An incredibly strong brush fire has rapidly swept through more than 30,000 acres near the Southern California city of San Bernardino.
By Brad Dixon, 12 August 2016
The price of the EpiPen, relied on by millions to treat severe allergic reactions, has increased by 450 percent in the United States since 2004.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2016
The storm is being called a “1-in-a-1,000-year rain event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By John Braddock, 30 July 2016
With widespread media and internet reports accusing officials of negligence, Beijing is increasingly nervous about deepening social opposition.
By Evan Blake, 25 July 2016
The heat wave crisis stems from global warming, which scientists have repeatedly warned will cause an ever-increasing frequency of extreme weather events.
By Gary Joad, 16 July 2016
The White House timed the announcement so that it would have minimal impact on petroleum company plans for US Arctic Ocean exploration.
In wake of Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010
By Gary Joad, 8 July 2016
The United States has surpassed Saudi Arabia in daily oil production, primarily due to an increase in fracking.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016
Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.
By Jerry White, 29 June 2016
While the immediate trigger for the floods was record-setting rainfall, like all natural disasters, the extent of the damage and its human impact were determined by conditions that are man-made.
By Vilani Peiris, 17 June 2016
The JVP’s proposal shows its readiness to strengthen the capitalist state apparatus against rising social unrest.
By Eric Ludlow, 13 June 2016
Under-resourced emergency response units were spread thin across the storm- and flood-damaged areas.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 June 2016
The abnormally warm ocean waters caused by El Niño induce much more extreme weather patterns than normal, including droughts, cyclones, and floods.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 May 2016
Apart from perfunctory warnings for the public to be “vigilant,” the Sri Lankan government took no serious measures to lessen the cyclone’s impact.
By our correspondents, 25 May 2016
Thousands of working class and poor families are currently living in makeshift accommodation and other shelters on higher ground.
By Gabriel Black, 12 May 2016
A third of all US oil and gas companies could go bankrupt.
By Kanda Gabriel, 11 May 2016
The wave of heat-stroke deaths is a product of the lack of basic services and infrastructure that hundreds of millions of Indians confront daily.
By Roger Jordan, 10 May 2016
The Fort McMurray wildfire is not a natural, but a man-made disaster for which the capitalist profit system bears responsibility.
By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a teacher and her partner who were among the approximately 80,000 people evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday. Both had lived in the city for around two years.
By Catherine Long, 25 April 2016
Pollution from large-scale farms and deregulation of groundwater systems have created unsafe drinking water for thousands in the state.
By Daniel de Vries, 5 April 2016
New research estimates that unabated warming may double the rate of expected sea level rise to nearly 2 meters by century’s end.
By Perla Astudillo and Richard Philips, 25 February 2016
The CSIRO cuts are a major setback for scientific investigation into ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas levels and other climate-change issues.
By David Levine, 23 February 2016
The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 February 2016
The most powerful storm ever recorded in the region has produced a mounting humanitarian crisis.
By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 February 2016
Last autumn, it was revealed that Volkswagen manipulated the emissions readings in 11 million diesel vehicles and hundreds of thousands of petrol models.
By John Burton, 12 February 2016
The Supreme Court has issued a summary order that effectively invalidates the Obama administration’s new regulations to lower carbon emissions from power plants.
By our reporters, 15 January 2016
Following the completion of $2.2 billion upgrade which began in 2012, Marathon is requesting a permit from the state of Michigan to emit an additional 22 tons of sulfur dioxide per year.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2016
Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years.
By Margaret Rees, 4 January 2016
Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come.
By Shannon Jones, 29 December 2015
As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes.
By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2015
Rescuers are struggling to find those missing after a tidal wave of mud and waste toppled buildings and inundated an area of Shenzhen.
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2015
Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015
Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted.
By Vilani Peiris, 14 December 2015
The damages action is part of the record of big business and government suppression of opposition to industrial pollution.
By Joan Smith and Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015
The human cost of the severe flooding in large parts of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland over the last week is emerging.
By John Marion, 8 December 2015
Recent scientific studies point to the effects of global warming on Atlantic cod populations already reduced to historically low sizes by decades of overfishing.
By John Braddock, 7 December 2015
Rising sea levels and extreme weather events are beginning to destroy Pacific Islands and threaten their existence.
By Stéphane Hugues, 1 December 2015
As the major powers are on the verge of war in Syria, they failed, unsurprisingly, to come together to address complex ecological problems related to global warming.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 December 2015
While the protests expressed growing concern over the environmental crisis, organisers sought to channel them into bankrupt appeals to the Turnbull government.
By Gary Joad, 27 November 2015
Nuclear waste dumps from the Manhattan Project have resulted in clustering of unusually high cancer rates in younger people and children.
Destruction of public housing and forced exodus of workers
By E.P. Bannon, 23 October 2015
New Orleans had a pre-hurricane population of 484,700. Today, it is 384,300, a 21 percent decline.
By John Roberts, 19 October 2015
The levels of air pollution this year will equal or exceed those of 1997, the worst fire season on record.
By Tom Hall, 9 October 2015
The oil giant will pay a fraction of the maximum possible fine for the worst environmental catastrophe in American history, while not a single top executive will spend a day in jail.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2015
Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.
By Trevor Johnson, 4 September 2015
A decision to allow exploration and drilling for gas in the North Yorkshire Moors shows how conditions have been transformed to favour fracking corporations.
By James Blackwell, 3 September 2015
The impact of drought and forestry budget cuts have contributed to a violent fire season along the Pacific Coast.
By Kevin Martinez, 12 August 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency says that the spill occurred when employees were investigating contamination at the Gold King Mine above Silverton.
By Kevin Martinez, 7 August 2015
Over 13,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as about two dozen fires consume more than 142,000 acres.
By Daniel de Vries, 6 August 2015
The Clean Power Plan is a signal to Wall Street and the energy giants that their profits bound up with natural gas are safe.
By Trevor Johnson, 5 August 2015
The British government is sending a strong signal to the fracking industry that its interests will prevail over all others.
By Marc Wells and Evan Blake, 14 July 2015
The damage from California’s drought stems from almost two centuries of an irrational water rights regime.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 July 2015
The US EPA reports finding that the incidence of drinking water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing is low, but evidence of the danger of fracking continues to mount.
By David Brown, 3 July 2015
The agreement is the culmination of the Obama administration’s efforts to shield BP from responsibility for the worst environmental disaster in US history.
By Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2015
Two new reports show that global warming and climate change are becoming larger threats than ever before.
By John Burton, 30 June 2015
The Supreme Court struck down Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would have sharply reduced airborne toxins from oil- and coal-fueled power plants.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 May 2015
Record-breaking rainfall in typically dry areas of Texas, Oklahoma and other states has flooded entire residential areas, leading to at least fifteen deaths.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 May 2015
The pipeline had no automatic shutoff valve, a routine safety feature that could have greatly minimized the disaster.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 22 May 2015
The refusal of successive Sri Lankan governments to initiate basic safety measures has led to growing numbers of landslide disasters.
By Evan Winters, 4 May 2015
Klein calls for a coalition of various organizations to pressure national governments to implement protectionist policies and environmental and social reforms.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 May 2015
Despite industry denials, the process known as fracking, used to extract oil and natural gas, is responsible for serious health and environmental problems.
By Stuart Winter and Charles Abelard, 10 April 2015
Air Force officials say the fuel has been leaking from an underground pipe for at least 40 years dating back to the 1970s.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2015
The Obama administration’s newly announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will allow oil companies to continue endangering human health and the environment.
By Evan Blake, 26 March 2015
Last week, the state passed emergency legislation targeting residential “water wasters,” while giving free rein to the agricultural giants to continue their overuse of groundwater.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2015
Environmental degradation by a range of metrics, of which climate change is only one, has the potential for large-scale disruptions of both biological and social life.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2015
In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time.
By Clement Daly, 29 January 2015
Chemical spills and leaks are endemic throughout the US, threatening the health and safety of the population and the quality of the environment.
By Jeff Lusanne, 17 January 2015
Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region.
By Muhammad Khan, 9 January 2015
Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans.
By Evan Blake, 19 December 2014
Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 November 2014
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline was defeated by one vote in the US Senate last week but will be taken up again early in 2015.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Daniel de Vries, 7 November 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest in a series of studies warning that time to act on climate is running out.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 27 October 2014
The California drought has left thousands of people without access to drinking water while the super-rich are trucking in water to maintain their private lakes and gardens.
“Risky Business” study highlights the inability of capitalism to address the consequences of climate change
By Philip Guelpa, 20 October 2014
A recently published study documents the severe consequences of climate change in the United States through the end of the century, while demonstrating the inability of capitalism to offer any effective solutions.
By Evan Blake, 23 September 2014
The state’s worst drought in 500 years has created the conditions for more frequent wildfires.