The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

 

As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer.  But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.

Trump Administration Moves to Lift Protections for Fish and Divert Water to Farms

 

The Trump administration eased protections on a small California fish, allowing water to be diverted from its estuary habitat to large Central Valley farms.

Fossil Fuels on Trial: New York’s Lawsuit Against Exxon Begins

 

After four years of investigation and finger-pointing, a trial about whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the financial risks of climate change begins on Tuesday.

Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

 

Exxon, Marathon, BP and others are flaring natural gas, a wasteful practice with consequences in the fight against climate change, at a record pace. 

Trump Administration to Begin Official Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

 

President Trump is preparing to formally withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, beginning a yearlong countdown removing the world's largest economy from the landmark agreement.

Justice Dept. Sues California to Stop Climate Initiative From Extending to Canada

 

The Justice Department has sued California over a climate change initiative that now extends into Canada, saying the state cannot make international agreements.

The Slopes Are Green at Copenhagen’s First Ski Hill. Really.

 

Amager Bakke, a first-of-its-kind public utility topped with an artificial mountain resort, is the Danish capital’s latest landmark.

At ‘Arcadia Earth,’ Dazzle Illuminates Danger

 

Using augmented reality, virtual reality and installations of light and art, the creators of this pop-up exhibition hope to inspire action on climate change.

Colombian Artist Seeks Justice for the Natural World

 

Carolina Caycedo’s artwork examines the social and environmental impact of harnessing rivers to generate power.

Why Saving the Oceans Is as Vital as Protecting Rain Forests

 

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, talks about phytoplankton, plastic straws and the best fish to eat.

‘You Can’t Stand in Louisiana and See a Glacier’

 

A photographer pairs images to show troubling similarities between threatened environments.

An Environmentally Friendly Firecracker? India Is Willing to Try.

 

As concerns about air pollution rise, India has mandated only eco-friendly fireworks ahead of the festival of Diwali. Manufacturers are skeptical, and desperate.

Supreme Court Lets Climate Change Lawsuit Proceed

 

The court’s brief order addressed a threshold question: Should climate suits filed by state and local governments be heard in state or federal court?

Letter of Recommendation: Mandatory Blackouts

 

It is easy to ignore climate change in the bosom of the developed world. But you can’t fail to notice when the lights go out.

The Arts Are Shunning Big Oil. The Salzburg Festival Isn’t.

 

As some institutions shy away from oil and gas money, the prestigious music event has a new sponsor: Gazprom.

Tropical Storm Nestor Leaves Path of Destruction in Florida

 

A string of tornadoes, some with winds of 120 miles per hour, uprooted trees, overturned vehicles and ripped off roofs.

For Some Horror Writers, Nothing Is Scarier Than a Changing Planet

 

While literary fiction often sidesteps the climate crisis, eco-horror is filling the breach.

New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

 

President Trump said he would “drain the swamp,” but with the elevation of a former auto lobbyist to be energy secretary, he is sticking to the trend of filling his cabinet with Washington insiders.

Trump Taps Dan Brouillette to Succeed Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

 

Mr. Brouillette, the deputy secretary of energy, will be nominated to take over from Mr. Perry, who said he would resign amid scrutiny over his role in the Ukraine scandal.

Are Clues to the Coming Winter Blowing in the Autumn Wind?

 

The strikingly volatile weather in many parts of the country does tell us something about the future — but probably not what kind of winter we are in for.

Why Is a Secretive Billionaire Buying Up the Cayman Islands?

 

The heir to a foam-cup fortune is believed to own more land than anyone on the storied tax haven of Grand Cayman, just as rising seas threaten to engulf it.

In Oregon Wine Country, One Farmer’s Battle to Save the Soil

 

Agriculture can play a leading role in combating climate change and reversing ecological damage. Mimi Casteel is showing one way to get it done.

Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

 

The San Francisco Fed warned that banks, communities and homeowners face significant financial risk from climate change and offered proposals for banks to do more to help.

France’s Far Right Wants to Be an Environmental Party, Too

 

Rooted in the idealization of the land and French identity, the National Rally’s approach focuses on the local and dovetails with its push to strengthen borders.

Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands

 

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's plans to ease protections on an iconic western bird's habitat -- and open it to oil and gas exploration.

One Thing You Can Do: Consider a Heat Pump

 

Also this week, rising emissions on America’s roads