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.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 September 2014
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in New York City to demand action on climate change.
By Daniel de Vries, 17 September 2014
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere grew last year at the highest rate since 1984.
By Gary Joad, 15 September 2014
The last decade has seen a rapid rise in sand mining in the US in line with the dramatic surge of hydro-fracturing.
By Stuart Winter, 28 August 2014
A recent NASA satellite survey contains “shock” findings on water loss.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 27 August 2014
A request to provide financial assistance for hundreds of individuals impacted by wild fires was rejected by FEMA.
By Matthew Brennan, 20 August 2014
The disaster has cut off water supplies for over 20,000 people in Sonora.
By E.P. Bannon, 19 August 2014
The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast.
By Muhammad Khan, 14 August 2014
Record rainfall in southeast Michigan overwhelmed the area’s aging infrastructure, flooding freeways, roads and thousands of homes.
By Evan Blake, 15 July 2014
The third year of California’s record-breaking drought has devastated the agriculturally rich Central Valley.
By Stuart Winter and Lencho Moro, 25 June 2014
The report concluded that key equipment was poorly maintained and that workers were intimidated to prevent them from raising safety issues.
By John Burton, 24 June 2014
The US Supreme Court has curtailed the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases associated with climate change.
By John Marion, 9 June 2014
Large corporations are seeking to make a profit from the privatization of public utilities in the United States and the replacement of decaying water infrastructure.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan
By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014
The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.
By Kevin Martinez, 16 May 2014
Drought conditions have created a year-round fire season in Southern California.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 May 2014
The report provides a comprehensive look at the shifts in the global climate over the past half-century.
By Nick Barrickman, 29 April 2014
A powerful storm system tore through the Southeast US on Sunday, producing tornadoes that killed an estimated 18 people.
By Gabriel Black, 24 April 2014
Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, which barred the state from taking on new coal energy sources, was overturned by a federal judge on Friday.
SEP candidate Robert Skelton, 24 April 2014
The following statement has been issued by Robert Skelton, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Christine Schofelt, 8 April 2014
In the past week, revelations have emerged about the use of decades-old maps in the issuing of logging permits above the towns of Oso and Darrington, the area buried by the fatal March 22 mudslide.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 April 2014
The 2,500-page report issued by the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change reveals the depth of the crisis and the inability of world capitalism to cope with it.
By Christine Schofelt, 31 March 2014
Once again, a natural disaster has been made far worse by a lack of planning and infrastructure.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 March 2014
The nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for the eighth time in less than a month for illegally pumping contaminated water into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.
By Gabriel Black, 24 February 2014
California is in the midst of the worst drought on record. Millions will be devastated by the state’s lack of planning and modern infrastructure.
By Tom Peters, 22 February 2014
Three years on, less than 10 percent of the rebuild has been completed and the city remains in a deep social crisis.
By Gary Joad, 20 February 2014
The explosive growth of hydrofracturing for oil and gas exposes workers and the public to dangers.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 February 2014
The Obama administration has done everything in its power to shelter negligent energy corporations as they move to defend their profits in the wake of disasters caused by their own policies.
By Clement Daly, 14 February 2014
More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry—a toxic liquid mixture of cleaning chemicals and coal refuse—contaminated about six miles of a stream in Kanawha County.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2014
One worker was killed and another sent to the hospital in an explosion at a natural gas well in Pennsylvania.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2014
A major leak has been discovered at an inactive coal ash disposal site near the Dan River.
By Clement Daly, 23 January 2014
Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the January 9 chemical spill just outside Charleston, West Virginia—has told state regulators that the leak also contained polyglycol ethers, or PPH.
By Clement Daly, 21 January 2014
Residents and parents of children in schools scheduled to reopen are worried about the safety of drinking water, two weeks after a chemical spill that entered the water supply.
By Clement Daly, 20 January 2014
On Friday, Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the chemical leak which poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
By Clement Daly and Samuel Davidson, 18 January 2014
While water service is slowly being restored in nine West Virginia counties following last Thursday’s chemical spill, hardships remain for 300,000 people who have been affected.
By Joe Lopez, 18 January 2014
Following major bushfires in the Perth Hills, the state government attempted to blame residents for not maintaining “private” power poles.
By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2014
A Southern California has spread rapidly, forcing 3,700 residents to evacuate and scorching 1,700 acres of land.
By Clement Daly, 13 January 2014
Nearly 17 percent of West Virginia’s population have no safe water.
By Matthew MacEgan, 8 January 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost major utilities, and reports of deaths are trickling in to news outlets across both the United States and Canada.
By John Marion, 6 January 2014
The winter storm and record-breaking sub-zero temperatures have been blamed for at least 16 deaths.
By James Brewer, 27 December 2013
Utility monopolies like DTE Energy and Consumers Power in Michigan continue to shut off service to hundreds of thousands of homes for late or non-payment of bills.
By Bryan Dyne, 25 November 2013
The UNFCCC executive secretary admitted during the last press conference of COP19 that the current measures will not stop global temperatures from exceeding 2° C by 2100.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 19 November 2013
A powerful storm system passed through 12 US states on Sunday, causing tornadoes that leveled hundreds of homes and killed at least eight.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 November 2013
Over one million people have been evacuated, and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2013
Underlying the manoeuvres of all the parties are the calculations of rival layers of the business elite that have nothing to do with addressing climate change.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2013
The Greens’ grandstanding over the bushfires is based on the cynical lie that the carbon tax advances a step toward a solution to the climate change crisis.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 October 2013
Energy giant BP faces plaintiffs in a trial to determine the company’s culpability for damages from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
By Tom Hall, 3 September 2013
BP has requested that the courts throw out the entirety of the spill settlement if a separate appeal against “fraudulent claims” is unsuccessful.
By Laurent Lafrance, 30 August 2013
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new investments in the Arctic when he conducted his eighth annual tour of the Far North last week.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2013
The fire is one of the largest in recent California history and has destroyed nearly 150,000 acres
By Justin Knowels, 24 August 2013
A World Meteorological Organization report shows that the past decade was the warmest ever recorded, leading to more extreme weather events worldwide than ever before.
By Tom Hall, 14 August 2013
With the company’s profits declining, British Petroleum is attempting to avoid compensating people affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 July 2013
A newly published study refutes energy industry claims that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas does not cause ground water contamination with toxic chemicals.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 July 2013
Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” released last week is a token gesture towards the environmental movement, not a serious effort to address global warming.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2013
In the wake of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters Sunday in Arizona, the wildfire, nicknamed Yarnell Hill, remains uncontrolled.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 July 2013
All but one member of the crew, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died battling a blaze about 80 miles north of Phoenix.
By Mark Church, 28 June 2013
A new study demonstrates that mining activity is directly responsible for the health risks to residents, especially children.
By Mark Church, 28 June 2013
Professor Mark Taylor explained the implications of his team’s proof that the source of lead contamination in the town is the mine and smelter.
By Gustav Kemper, 27 June 2013
Raging forest and plantation fires are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution in southern Malaysia.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 June 2013
With a severe wildfire season predicted in the US, dwindling resources will force ill-equipped firefighters to face deadlier fires at greater risks.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2013
The Black Forest wildfire has burned 150 square miles of land and as many as 482 homes.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 June 2013
A severe storm system moved through the Mid-Atlantic states Thursday morning and afternoon, leaving at least two people dead and over 500,000 without power.
By our correspondents, 5 June 2013
Large areas of Germany and other regions in Europe have been hit by the worst floods since the so-called “flood of the century” in 2002.