Environment

A woman sits in cooling water in California.

California Heat Wave Prompts Statewide Energy Conservation Push

California now has a statewide "flex alert" to conserve energy to help the state avoid rolling blackouts amid triple-digit temperatures.

 | James Packard

Beachgoers walk near wind turbines along the coast of Pingtan in Southern China's Fujian province

China And U.S. Spar Over Climate On Twitter

The verbal skirmish grew out of China's suspension of talks with the U.S. on climate and several other issues earlier this month.

 | AP

People work on a movie set.

TV And Film Companies Are Working Toward A More Sustainable Industry

Film and TV companies can leave a large carbon footprint, but some large companies are working to improve their sustainability efforts.

 | Scripps News Staff

A boat is seen along Lake Powell in Arizona.

Interior Department Restricts Water Supply To Multiple Western States

The Colorado River supplies water to tens of million of people, but restrictions will reduce many western states' supply.

 | James Packard

Workers install solar panels

Scientists Say New Climate Law Is Likely To Reduce Warming

Scientists say new climate investment will have some beneficial effect on global warming, but the U.S. has a way to go.

 | AP

President Joe Biden

Biden To Sign Massive Climate And Health Care Legislation

The legislation includes the most substantial federal investment in history to fight climate change and would cap prescription drug costs.

 | AP

Farmland

Farmers Worry About Proposed SEC Climate Change Rule

Farmers worry Wall Street regulators could impact the family farm, leading to higher food costs.

 | WXYZ and Joe St. George

Taylor Swift.

Celebrities: The Climate Consequences Of Their Private Jet Use

Taylor Swift isn't the only celebrity facing backlash for private jet usage.

 | Rodney Young

A green turtle swims in waters of Ribbon Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Has Highest Growth Of Coral In Nearly 40 Years

Unfortunately, the Great Barrier Reef is still vulnerable, as in the southern region it decreased from 38% to 34%.

 | Lea Herring

Baby goose looks for water in a dried lake bed

European Drought Dries Up Rivers, Kills Fish, Shrivels Crops

The European Commission's Joint Research Center warned that drought conditions will get worse and potentially affect 47% of the continent.

 | AP

A overturned car is seen after it was swept away in massive flooding

Kentucky Deals With Effects Of Climate Crisis

As climate continues to change, disasters are becoming more frequent across the state of Kentucky.

 | Scott Withers

A woman in front of the setting sun

How A Changing Climate Is Changing Our Summers

The nonproft Union of Concerned Scientists describes summer as “danger season.”

 | Scott Withers and Eli Kintisch

People wait to check out at IKEA.

Illegal Logging Is Rampant. Can IKEA Help Slow It Down?

IKEA and other major furniture retailers get much of their wood from forests crucial for biodiversity, stripping land of trees faster than is healthy.

 | Scripps News Staff

A woman passes a lodge that burned during the McKinney Fire.

Rain Is Helping Keep McKinney Fire Down, But Hotter Days Ahead Won't

Rain is helping keep the growth of the McKinney fire down, but hotter, drier days ahead is expected to cause increased activity in the blaze.

 | James Packard

A firetruck drives along California Highway 96 as the McKinney Fire burns

2 Found Dead In Charred Car Within California Wildfire Zone

The McKinney Fire in Northern California exploded in size to nearly 87 square miles. It's the state's largest wildfire of the year so far.

 | AP

A firetruck drives along California Highway 96 as the McKinney Fire burns.

Democrats On Verge Of Passing Significant Climate Measures

The expansive $739 billion package dubbed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” includes $369 billion in spending to begin tackling climate change.

 | Maura Sirianni

A well leaking methane in California

California Not Counting Methane Leaks From Idle Wells

A scientist says the lack of data calls into question California's ability to meet its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.

 | AP

Fire burns in a forest.

Oak Fire Continues To Blaze In Yosemite National Park

Nearly 40,000 firefighters are battling the Oak Fire in California, but the root cause of the fire can't be stopped by just water and fire retardant.

 | Scott Withers

A firefighter protects a sequoia tree as the Washburn Fire burns

U.S. To Plant 1 Billion Trees As Climate Change Kills Forests

Blazes have charred 5.6 million acres so far in the U.S. this year, putting 2022 on track to match or exceed the record-setting 2015 fire season.

 | AP

Firefighters work to keep the Oak Fire from reaching homes.

California Forest Fire Burns Out Of Control Near Yosemite

The blaze has consumed more than 22 square miles of forest land. The cause is under investigation.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and clean energy

President Biden Announces Steps To Tackle Climate 'Emergency'

Pres. Biden made a speech at an ex-coal plant, which embodies the transition to clean energy that he is seeking but has struggled to realize thus far.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Washburn Fire burns near the lower portion of the Mariposa Grove.

Yosemite Fire Grows As Crews Protect Iconic Sequoias

It's burning near the iconic grove of about 500 mature sequoias, which are the world’s biggest trees by volume.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A river at a national park

National Park Service Has $21.8 Billion Worth Of Backlogged Repairs

Keeping the parks pristine while accommodating around 300 million visitors each year can present a challenge.

 | Chloe Nordquist

Climate activists hold banners that say "Stand With Ukraine."

EU Lawmakers Back Gas, Nuclear Energy As Sustainable

The green labeling system from the European Commission defines what qualifies as an investment in sustainable energy.

 | AP

Emissions from a coal-fired power plant.

Supreme Court Limits EPA In Curbing Power Plant Emissions

The court's ruling could complicate the Biden administration's plans to combat climate change.

 | AP and Scott Withers

A plastic bottle

Why Can't We Quit Plastics?

As of 2015, the world has produced nearly eight billion tons of plastic.

 | Emily Grossberg and Clayton Sandell

Power lines in Houston, TX are shown.

Power Grids Across The U.S. Are Being Tested By High Heat

High heat is driving up the demand for air conditioning, testing the resiliency of power grids across the U.S.

 | John Mone

A beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Erosion Is Turning Dream Homes Into Nightmares: Newsy Investigates

The collapse of three coastal homes in North Carolina reveals a lack of options for homeowners caught in erosion hotspots.

 | Patrick Terpstra

U.S. President Joe Biden.

Pres. Biden Hosts Climate Meeting Amid High Gas Price Pressure

“I’m using every lever available to me to bring down prices for the American people,” President Biden said in the meeting.

 | Kellan Howell and AP

A forest is on fire in India.

Growing Efforts To Name, Categorize Heat Waves Point To Their Danger

Higher attention to treat heat waves as climate threats has strengthened calls to name them like hurricanes.

 | James Packard