Solar jobs now outnumber coal jobs in U.S. Is that reason enough for government policies to promote clean energy?
Will government policy to promote clean energy be disastrous or a boon? A close look at the 2009 stimulus, which plowed $90 billion into energy, can tell us a lot.
While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
There are ticking time bombs, high up in the mountains.
What happened to the massive underwater 'oil plume'?
Why do some people evacuate ahead of disasters while others stay put? The rising death toll from Hurricane Matthew shows that often the poor and vulnerable are least able to move.
Conservative commentators accused government officials last week of hyping risks from Hurricane Matthew. A meteorologist explains why this is impossible in the internet era.
Debates over federal lands, from the Malheur Refuge takeover to fossil fuel leases on public land, are back in the news. How do the two parties line up on public land policy?
Do environmental regulations help or hurt the economy? Democrats and Republicans sharply disagree. Six of our experts consider whether we have too much or too little regulation.
An anthropologist argues for new ways to value sacred landscapes.
Politicians are still debating whether climate change is real, but military planners call it a serious threat. A retired rear admiral explains how climate change affects U.S. national security.
As the U.S. braces for potential landfall of Hurricane Matthew, our experts weigh in on hurricanes, the need for resilient infrastructure and climate change.
The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
A new study challenges the longstanding view that biofuels are carbon-neutral, and asserts that in the U.S. to date, they have done more harm to the climate than gasoline.
Yes, humans hold awesome power over the rest of the planet, but nature will always fight our attempts to 'tame' the natural world.
Our institutions are not solving the world's wicked problems, such as the refugee crisis and climate change. Can sustainable coffee – a bottoms-up, modular approach – provide clues to a better way?
The New Jersey Transit train that crashed in Hoboken didn't have a mandated auto-stopping safety system. Why not?
Most ocean species start out as larvae drifting with currents. Using underwater robots, scientists have found that larvae use swimming motions to affect their course and reach suitable places to grow.
Trump is following in Ronald Reagan's footsteps by pushing against regulations, but in the 1980s, it only awakened the public to environmental concerns.
A glaciologist develops a lightweight method for probing the depths of Greenland's ice sheet to answer a crucial question: How fast is it melting?
Many people thought U.S. gasoline consumption had already peaked. They were wrong. What happened?
New projections suggest the world could warm 3-7 degrees over coming centuries.
Presidential candidates need to talk more about energy and address a tough question: what does the government do well on energy policy and what it should stay out of?
What is the months-long North Dakota Access Pipeline protest really about? A Native American scholar connects the dots to environmental justice and the legacy of U.S. colonialism.
Global climate change is altering the chemistry of the oceans. A recent study suggests that the Pacific coast's lucrative Dungeness crab fishery could suffer as ocean water becomes more acidic.
Inexpensive cloth face masks, worn by many people in heavily polluted countries, offer only partial protection. Instead governments should warn people to avoid exposure and work to clear the air.
Poor thermostat settings are making people uncomfortable and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, an analysis shows. What can be done about this?
Rats foul our food, spread disease and damage property, but we know very little about them. A biologist explains how he tracks wild rats in New York City, and what he's learned about them so far.
A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
By tapping into diverse data sources in Flint, researchers can predict vulnerable homes and even have found that home water service lines may not be the biggest contributor to lead poisoning.
American ginseng, a slow-growing native plant long used in traditional medicine, was abundant in colonial times. Now illegal harvesting and other stresses are pushing it close to extinction.
A fight's breaking out over who should pay subsidies for corn ethanol, and it is consumers who may end up paying for any changes.
An expert panel has announced that we truly are living in the geological era defined by humanity's fingerprint. But is it as simple as that, and does it leave "Anthropocene science" open to attack?
African lions were initially thought to belong to a single subspecies but new research shows that there is more diversity on the African continent.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Blue Nile, will bring electricity and wealth to East Africa, but could also have harmful environmental and political impacts.
Critics don't think Tesla can sell enough home batteries to justify its acquisition of SolarCity, but what they're underestimating is the potential for innovation the Gigafactory brings.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
While no one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes, you might be surprised (and even a little fascinated) at the complex adaptions mosquitoes have developed to locate their favorite food sources.