How Green Are Electric Vehicles?


In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change


As Deb Haaland, President Biden's choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.


Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.

Thieves Nationwide Are Swiping Catalytic Converters


The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.

Now Making Electric Bikes: Car and Motorcycle Companies


They see branding opportunities as the pandemic and a desire by cities to curb traffic propel e-bike sales to new heights.

Blinken Proposes a Foreign Policy Not ‘Disconnected From Our Daily Lives’


In his first major address, the secretary of state pledged to focus on how diplomacy has a direct effect on regular Americans. At the top of the list: dealing with China.

Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms


The tiny town of Rawlins will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest wind farms. But pride in the fossil fuel past remains a powerful force.

A Small Hint of Big Trouble in the Oceans


Some scientists fear that meltwater from Greenland may be affecting ocean currents that help regulate far-reaching weather patterns.

California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company


Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.

Exxon Mobil’s Chief Says It Is ‘Supportive’ of Zero-Emission Goals


Darren Woods, in an interview before an annual presentation to investors, also suggested there was common ground with Biden administration policies.

Walter Chambers, Birder Who Saw What Others Didn’t, Dies at 46


Mr. Chambers worked night shifts as a pharmacist so he could spend time scouring Georgia for unseen birds. He died of complications of Covid-19.

Can We Patch Up the Natural World We’ve Hurt?


In “Under a White Sky,” Elizabeth Kolbert explores the human efforts to confront the effects of climate change, and all their unintended consequences.

Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos


New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced.

Jennifer Granholm is confirmed as energy secretary.


Ms. Granholm will oversee an agency that plays a leading role in researching and developing new energy technologies.

For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?


From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.

For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas


A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation


Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen


What happened in Texas is a warning for the rest of America

Workhorse Stock Plunges After Losing USPS Contract


Workhorse, a small truck maker with big ambitions, was counting on the deal for a surge in revenue. Its shares lost $2 billion in value.

The Words That Are In and Out With the Biden Administration


“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.