By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2016
The storm is being called a “1-in-a-1,000-year rain event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By John Braddock, 30 July 2016
With widespread media and internet reports accusing officials of negligence, Beijing is increasingly nervous about deepening social opposition.
By Evan Blake, 25 July 2016
The heat wave crisis stems from global warming, which scientists have repeatedly warned will cause an ever-increasing frequency of extreme weather events.
By Gary Joad, 16 July 2016
The White House timed the announcement so that it would have minimal impact on petroleum company plans for US Arctic Ocean exploration.
In wake of Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010
By Gary Joad, 8 July 2016
The United States has surpassed Saudi Arabia in daily oil production, primarily due to an increase in fracking.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016
Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.
By Jerry White, 29 June 2016
While the immediate trigger for the floods was record-setting rainfall, like all natural disasters, the extent of the damage and its human impact were determined by conditions that are man-made.
20 June 2016
By Vilani Peiris, 17 June 2016
The JVP’s proposal shows its readiness to strengthen the capitalist state apparatus against rising social unrest.
By Eric Ludlow, 13 June 2016
Under-resourced emergency response units were spread thin across the storm- and flood-damaged areas.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 June 2016
The abnormally warm ocean waters caused by El Niño induce much more extreme weather patterns than normal, including droughts, cyclones, and floods.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 May 2016
Apart from perfunctory warnings for the public to be “vigilant,” the Sri Lankan government took no serious measures to lessen the cyclone’s impact.
By our correspondents, 25 May 2016
Thousands of working class and poor families are currently living in makeshift accommodation and other shelters on higher ground.
By Gabriel Black, 12 May 2016
A third of all US oil and gas companies could go bankrupt.
By Kanda Gabriel, 11 May 2016
The wave of heat-stroke deaths is a product of the lack of basic services and infrastructure that hundreds of millions of Indians confront daily.
By Roger Jordan, 10 May 2016
The Fort McMurray wildfire is not a natural, but a man-made disaster for which the capitalist profit system bears responsibility.
By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a teacher and her partner who were among the approximately 80,000 people evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday. Both had lived in the city for around two years.
By Catherine Long, 25 April 2016
Pollution from large-scale farms and deregulation of groundwater systems have created unsafe drinking water for thousands in the state.
By Daniel de Vries, 5 April 2016
New research estimates that unabated warming may double the rate of expected sea level rise to nearly 2 meters by century’s end.
By Perla Astudillo and Richard Philips, 25 February 2016
The CSIRO cuts are a major setback for scientific investigation into ocean temperatures, greenhouse gas levels and other climate-change issues.
By David Levine, 23 February 2016
The second head of the California Coastal Commission was fired last week as the result of a political campaign backed by Democrats tied to developers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 23 February 2016
The most powerful storm ever recorded in the region has produced a mounting humanitarian crisis.
By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 February 2016
Last autumn, it was revealed that Volkswagen manipulated the emissions readings in 11 million diesel vehicles and hundreds of thousands of petrol models.
By John Burton, 12 February 2016
The Supreme Court has issued a summary order that effectively invalidates the Obama administration’s new regulations to lower carbon emissions from power plants.
By our reporters, 15 January 2016
Following the completion of $2.2 billion upgrade which began in 2012, Marathon is requesting a permit from the state of Michigan to emit an additional 22 tons of sulfur dioxide per year.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2016
Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years.
By Margaret Rees, 4 January 2016
Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come.
By Shannon Jones, 29 December 2015
As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes.
By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2015
Rescuers are struggling to find those missing after a tidal wave of mud and waste toppled buildings and inundated an area of Shenzhen.
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2015
Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 15 December 2015
Tens of thousands of people in the capital Chennai and across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are yet to be rescued and properly assisted.
By Vilani Peiris, 14 December 2015
The damages action is part of the record of big business and government suppression of opposition to industrial pollution.
By Joan Smith and Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015
The human cost of the severe flooding in large parts of northern England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland over the last week is emerging.
By John Marion, 8 December 2015
Recent scientific studies point to the effects of global warming on Atlantic cod populations already reduced to historically low sizes by decades of overfishing.
By John Braddock, 7 December 2015
Rising sea levels and extreme weather events are beginning to destroy Pacific Islands and threaten their existence.
By Stéphane Hugues, 1 December 2015
As the major powers are on the verge of war in Syria, they failed, unsurprisingly, to come together to address complex ecological problems related to global warming.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 December 2015
While the protests expressed growing concern over the environmental crisis, organisers sought to channel them into bankrupt appeals to the Turnbull government.
By Gary Joad, 27 November 2015
Nuclear waste dumps from the Manhattan Project have resulted in clustering of unusually high cancer rates in younger people and children.
Destruction of public housing and forced exodus of workers
By E.P. Bannon, 23 October 2015
New Orleans had a pre-hurricane population of 484,700. Today, it is 384,300, a 21 percent decline.
By John Roberts, 19 October 2015
The levels of air pollution this year will equal or exceed those of 1997, the worst fire season on record.
By Tom Hall, 9 October 2015
The oil giant will pay a fraction of the maximum possible fine for the worst environmental catastrophe in American history, while not a single top executive will spend a day in jail.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2015
Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.
By Trevor Johnson, 4 September 2015
A decision to allow exploration and drilling for gas in the North Yorkshire Moors shows how conditions have been transformed to favour fracking corporations.
By James Blackwell, 3 September 2015
The impact of drought and forestry budget cuts have contributed to a violent fire season along the Pacific Coast.
By Kevin Martinez, 12 August 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency says that the spill occurred when employees were investigating contamination at the Gold King Mine above Silverton.
By Kevin Martinez, 7 August 2015
Over 13,000 people have been ordered to evacuate as about two dozen fires consume more than 142,000 acres.
By Daniel de Vries, 6 August 2015
The Clean Power Plan is a signal to Wall Street and the energy giants that their profits bound up with natural gas are safe.
By Trevor Johnson, 5 August 2015
The British government is sending a strong signal to the fracking industry that its interests will prevail over all others.
By Marc Wells and Evan Blake, 14 July 2015
The damage from California’s drought stems from almost two centuries of an irrational water rights regime.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 July 2015
The US EPA reports finding that the incidence of drinking water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing is low, but evidence of the danger of fracking continues to mount.
By David Brown, 3 July 2015
The agreement is the culmination of the Obama administration’s efforts to shield BP from responsibility for the worst environmental disaster in US history.
By Matthew MacEgan, 3 July 2015
Two new reports show that global warming and climate change are becoming larger threats than ever before.
By John Burton, 30 June 2015
The Supreme Court struck down Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would have sharply reduced airborne toxins from oil- and coal-fueled power plants.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 May 2015
Record-breaking rainfall in typically dry areas of Texas, Oklahoma and other states has flooded entire residential areas, leading to at least fifteen deaths.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 May 2015
The pipeline had no automatic shutoff valve, a routine safety feature that could have greatly minimized the disaster.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 22 May 2015
The refusal of successive Sri Lankan governments to initiate basic safety measures has led to growing numbers of landslide disasters.
By Evan Winters, 4 May 2015
Klein calls for a coalition of various organizations to pressure national governments to implement protectionist policies and environmental and social reforms.
By Philip Guelpa, 4 May 2015
Despite industry denials, the process known as fracking, used to extract oil and natural gas, is responsible for serious health and environmental problems.
By Stuart Winter and Charles Abelard, 10 April 2015
Air Force officials say the fuel has been leaking from an underground pipe for at least 40 years dating back to the 1970s.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2015
The Obama administration’s newly announced rules on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will allow oil companies to continue endangering human health and the environment.
By Evan Blake, 26 March 2015
Last week, the state passed emergency legislation targeting residential “water wasters,” while giving free rein to the agricultural giants to continue their overuse of groundwater.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2015
Environmental degradation by a range of metrics, of which climate change is only one, has the potential for large-scale disruptions of both biological and social life.
By Nick Barrickman, 31 January 2015
In a major giveaway to US energy corporations, the Department of the Interior announced that it would open a large section of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling for the first time.
By Clement Daly, 29 January 2015
Chemical spills and leaks are endemic throughout the US, threatening the health and safety of the population and the quality of the environment.
By Jeff Lusanne, 17 January 2015
Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region.
By Muhammad Khan, 9 January 2015
Cold weather across the United States this week has revealed the dire social conditions facing millions of Americans.
By Evan Blake, 19 December 2014
Recent storms have only partially quenched the state’s worst drought in recorded history.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 November 2014
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline was defeated by one vote in the US Senate last week but will be taken up again early in 2015.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Daniel de Vries, 7 November 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest in a series of studies warning that time to act on climate is running out.
By Evan Blake and Gabriel Black, 27 October 2014
The California drought has left thousands of people without access to drinking water while the super-rich are trucking in water to maintain their private lakes and gardens.
“Risky Business” study highlights the inability of capitalism to address the consequences of climate change
By Philip Guelpa, 20 October 2014
A recently published study documents the severe consequences of climate change in the United States through the end of the century, while demonstrating the inability of capitalism to offer any effective solutions.
By Evan Blake, 23 September 2014
The state’s worst drought in 500 years has created the conditions for more frequent wildfires.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 September 2014
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in New York City to demand action on climate change.
By Daniel de Vries, 17 September 2014
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere grew last year at the highest rate since 1984.
By Gary Joad, 15 September 2014
The last decade has seen a rapid rise in sand mining in the US in line with the dramatic surge of hydro-fracturing.
By Stuart Winter, 28 August 2014
A recent NASA satellite survey contains “shock” findings on water loss.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 27 August 2014
A request to provide financial assistance for hundreds of individuals impacted by wild fires was rejected by FEMA.
By Matthew Brennan, 20 August 2014
The disaster has cut off water supplies for over 20,000 people in Sonora.
By E.P. Bannon, 19 August 2014
The spill is the third this year along the Gulf Coast.
By Muhammad Khan, 14 August 2014
Record rainfall in southeast Michigan overwhelmed the area’s aging infrastructure, flooding freeways, roads and thousands of homes.
By Evan Blake, 15 July 2014
The third year of California’s record-breaking drought has devastated the agriculturally rich Central Valley.
By Stuart Winter and Lencho Moro, 25 June 2014
The report concluded that key equipment was poorly maintained and that workers were intimidated to prevent them from raising safety issues.
By John Burton, 24 June 2014
The US Supreme Court has curtailed the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases associated with climate change.
By John Marion, 9 June 2014
Large corporations are seeking to make a profit from the privatization of public utilities in the United States and the replacement of decaying water infrastructure.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan
By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014
The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.
By Kevin Martinez, 16 May 2014
Drought conditions have created a year-round fire season in Southern California.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 May 2014
The report provides a comprehensive look at the shifts in the global climate over the past half-century.
By Nick Barrickman, 29 April 2014
A powerful storm system tore through the Southeast US on Sunday, producing tornadoes that killed an estimated 18 people.
By Gabriel Black, 24 April 2014
Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, which barred the state from taking on new coal energy sources, was overturned by a federal judge on Friday.
By SEP candidate Robert Skelton, 24 April 2014
The following statement has been issued by Robert Skelton, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Christine Schofelt, 8 April 2014
In the past week, revelations have emerged about the use of decades-old maps in the issuing of logging permits above the towns of Oso and Darrington, the area buried by the fatal March 22 mudslide.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 April 2014
The 2,500-page report issued by the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change reveals the depth of the crisis and the inability of world capitalism to cope with it.
By Christine Schofelt, 31 March 2014
Once again, a natural disaster has been made far worse by a lack of planning and infrastructure.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 March 2014
The nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for the eighth time in less than a month for illegally pumping contaminated water into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.
By Gabriel Black, 24 February 2014
California is in the midst of the worst drought on record. Millions will be devastated by the state’s lack of planning and modern infrastructure.
By Tom Peters, 22 February 2014
Three years on, less than 10 percent of the rebuild has been completed and the city remains in a deep social crisis.
By Gary Joad, 20 February 2014
The explosive growth of hydrofracturing for oil and gas exposes workers and the public to dangers.
By Nick Barrickman, 19 February 2014
The Obama administration has done everything in its power to shelter negligent energy corporations as they move to defend their profits in the wake of disasters caused by their own policies.