Japan’s New Leader Sets Ambitious Goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2050


The announcement, coming weeks after a similar pledge by China, will require a major overhaul of the infrastructure in Japan, which remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.


If elected, Joe Biden and his allies are preparing to pass climate change legislation, piece by piece — knowing full well that the candidate’s $2 trillion plan would be a tough sell.

Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues


The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world.

Exports of Used Cars Are a Pollution Problem, U.N. Warns


Rich countries are sending millions of older, dirtier vehicles abroad, in a trade that’s largely unregulated, even as they mandate cleaner cars at home.

Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival


Rising temperatures and melting glaciers have changed key aspects of the age-old Peruvian festival of Qoyllur Rit’i. Still, the celebrations persist.

In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge


Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business


Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

Tropical Storm Zeta Approaches Gulf Coast


Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.

White House Releases New Plan for Seismic Tests in Arctic Refuge


The survey would bring heavy trucks looking for signs of oil reserves into one of the most remote and pristine parts of the United States.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground


Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along.

Europe Moves to Protect Nature, but Faces Criticism Over Subsidizing Farms


The proposal would protect 30 percent of the continent’s land and water by 2030.

5 Policy Issues Where Trump and Biden Diverged at Final Debate


The debate on Thursday night had long stretches of illuminating policy discussion on climate change, health care, the coronavirus, immigration and criminal and racial justice.

Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments


After the candidate called for a “transition” away from oil and gas, executives said the country would need fossil fuels for decades to come.

Why The Colorado Wildfires Feel Like a Season Without End


After a horrific summer of fires in the West, Colorado is fighting out-of-control fires as ski season approaches.

A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale


Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s debate statement that he would "transition" the country away from oil gave President Trump an opening and thrust climate change center stage.

She Was in Labor. Floodwaters Were Rising. Then the Boat Tipped Over.


A pregnant woman who drowned in Vietnam was one of at least 114 people killed in record-breaking floods that have pummeled the country’s central coast.

Here's Where Biden and Trump Stand on the Issues


President Trump and Joe Biden will have their last major opportunity on Thursday to promote their record and criticize their opponent as they address questions on the coronavirus crisis, race, national security and more.

James Redford, Documentarian and Environmentalist, Dies at 58


After two liver transplants, he founded an institute to increase awareness. He and his father, Robert Redford, also championed environmental films.

What Do Polls Say About the Issues on the Agenda for Tonight’s Debate?


On topics from climate change to leadership, most Americans say they prefer Joe Biden over President Trump.

An Electric Car With Swedish Roots, and a Rebellious Streak


The Polestar 2 inherits some classic Scandinavian design elements from its Volvo lineage, but aims to be a little more free spirited.

Hurricane Epsilon Swerves by Bermuda After a ‘Wobbly’ Northwest Turn


A tropical storm warning for the island was lifted as the storm passed “well east of Bermuda.”

The Newest Thing in Fashion? Old Clothes


Disposability is no longer chic. A new magazine joins a host of big brands in exploring the joys of upcycling.

Europe Wonders if It Can Rely on U.S. Again, Whoever Wins


America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.

What Topics Do Our Readers Want Trump and Biden to Debate?


In a year racked by crises, many important issues have been overshadowed. Times readers weighed in on what they want the candidates to address.

What Cows Eat Affects Climate


Also this week, voters in Colorado decide on protections for wolves.

Oil Industry Turns to Mergers and Acquisitions to Survive


With the price of a barrel stuck around $40 and no recovery in sight, companies are combining to cut costs and ride out the pandemic.

The Promise of Pawpaw


Issues like climate change, economic inequity and access to food have brought more attention to this creamy fruit and its resilient tree.