By Clement Daly, 14 February 2014
More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry—a toxic liquid mixture of cleaning chemicals and coal refuse—contaminated about six miles of a stream in Kanawha County.
By Samuel Davidson, 13 February 2014
One worker was killed and another sent to the hospital in an explosion at a natural gas well in Pennsylvania.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 February 2014
A major leak has been discovered at an inactive coal ash disposal site near the Dan River.
By Clement Daly, 23 January 2014
Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the January 9 chemical spill just outside Charleston, West Virginia—has told state regulators that the leak also contained polyglycol ethers, or PPH.
By Clement Daly, 21 January 2014
Residents and parents of children in schools scheduled to reopen are worried about the safety of drinking water, two weeks after a chemical spill that entered the water supply.
By Clement Daly, 20 January 2014
On Friday, Freedom Industries—the company responsible for the chemical leak which poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
By Clement Daly and Samuel Davidson, 18 January 2014
While water service is slowly being restored in nine West Virginia counties following last Thursday’s chemical spill, hardships remain for 300,000 people who have been affected.
By Joe Lopez, 18 January 2014
Following major bushfires in the Perth Hills, the state government attempted to blame residents for not maintaining “private” power poles.
By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2014
A Southern California has spread rapidly, forcing 3,700 residents to evacuate and scorching 1,700 acres of land.
By Clement Daly, 13 January 2014
Nearly 17 percent of West Virginia’s population have no safe water.
By Matthew MacEgan, 8 January 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost major utilities, and reports of deaths are trickling in to news outlets across both the United States and Canada.
By John Marion, 6 January 2014
The winter storm and record-breaking sub-zero temperatures have been blamed for at least 16 deaths.
By James Brewer, 27 December 2013
Utility monopolies like DTE Energy and Consumers Power in Michigan continue to shut off service to hundreds of thousands of homes for late or non-payment of bills.
By Bryan Dyne, 25 November 2013
The UNFCCC executive secretary admitted during the last press conference of COP19 that the current measures will not stop global temperatures from exceeding 2° C by 2100.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 19 November 2013
A powerful storm system passed through 12 US states on Sunday, causing tornadoes that leveled hundreds of homes and killed at least eight.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 November 2013
Over one million people have been evacuated, and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2013
Underlying the manoeuvres of all the parties are the calculations of rival layers of the business elite that have nothing to do with addressing climate change.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2013
The Greens’ grandstanding over the bushfires is based on the cynical lie that the carbon tax advances a step toward a solution to the climate change crisis.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 October 2013
Energy giant BP faces plaintiffs in a trial to determine the company’s culpability for damages from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
By Tom Hall, 3 September 2013
BP has requested that the courts throw out the entirety of the spill settlement if a separate appeal against “fraudulent claims” is unsuccessful.
By Laurent Lafrance, 30 August 2013
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new investments in the Arctic when he conducted his eighth annual tour of the Far North last week.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2013
The fire is one of the largest in recent California history and has destroyed nearly 150,000 acres
By Justin Knowels, 24 August 2013
A World Meteorological Organization report shows that the past decade was the warmest ever recorded, leading to more extreme weather events worldwide than ever before.
By Tom Hall, 14 August 2013
With the company’s profits declining, British Petroleum is attempting to avoid compensating people affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 July 2013
A newly published study refutes energy industry claims that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas does not cause ground water contamination with toxic chemicals.
By Bryan Dyne, 6 July 2013
Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” released last week is a token gesture towards the environmental movement, not a serious effort to address global warming.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2013
In the wake of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters Sunday in Arizona, the wildfire, nicknamed Yarnell Hill, remains uncontrolled.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 July 2013
All but one member of the crew, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died battling a blaze about 80 miles north of Phoenix.
By Mark Church, 28 June 2013
A new study demonstrates that mining activity is directly responsible for the health risks to residents, especially children.
By Mark Church, 28 June 2013
Professor Mark Taylor explained the implications of his team’s proof that the source of lead contamination in the town is the mine and smelter.
By Gustav Kemper, 27 June 2013
Raging forest and plantation fires are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution in southern Malaysia.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 June 2013
With a severe wildfire season predicted in the US, dwindling resources will force ill-equipped firefighters to face deadlier fires at greater risks.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 June 2013
The Black Forest wildfire has burned 150 square miles of land and as many as 482 homes.
By Nick Barrickman, 15 June 2013
A severe storm system moved through the Mid-Atlantic states Thursday morning and afternoon, leaving at least two people dead and over 500,000 without power.
By our correspondents, 5 June 2013
Large areas of Germany and other regions in Europe have been hit by the worst floods since the so-called “flood of the century” in 2002.
By Matthew MacEgan, 17 May 2013
On Wednesday, 10 tornadoes tore through the ground of north central Texas leaving at least six people dead and dozens wounded.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 May 2013
Carbon dioxide levels are at the highest in human history, a further indication that human activity is driving global warming.
By Jake Dean and Dan Conway, 6 May 2013
Severe weather conditions led to a string of massive wildfires late last week in Southern California.
By George Marlowe, 26 April 2013
Multiple states are threatened with significant damage to homes and public infrastructure.
By Matthew MacEgan, 6 April 2013
Two spills occur while the Obama administration considers the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2013
Hundreds of thousands remain without power after a massive snowstorm dumped three feet of snow in some parts of New England, paralyzing travel.
By Oliver Campbell, 8 February 2013
The tsunami’s impact is an indictment of the callous indifference of the Australian and New Zealand governments toward the plight of working people in the South Pacific.
By John Roberts, 26 January 2013
As in previous major floods, government aid has failed to reach many of the worst affected people.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 January 2013
Recent climate models show that only a complete reversal of current carbon emission trends, with the target of zero carbon emissions globally, will halt the current global warming trends.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 January 2013
The average temperature for the past year was 1 degree Fahrenheit above the previous recorded warmest year.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 January 2013
One of Shell Oil’s two Arctic drilling rigs—carrying approximately 140,000 gallons of diesel and 12,000 gallons of lubrication oil and hydraulic fluid—beached Monday night.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 December 2012
The failure of the conference was anticipated by everyone involved and met with widespread indifference on the part of the international media.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 December 2012
The Doha 2012 climate conference, which began November 26 and will run through December 7, has been characterized by national divisions and no serious proposals to address climate change.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2012
The impact of climate change on all aspects of life has been more concretely analyzed in reports issued over the past decade.
By Nick Barrickman, 22 October 2012
Federal testing found nearly 200 sites near power plants with toxic, and some fatal, levels of coal ash.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 September 2012
Arctic sea ice reached its lowest recorded levels on September 16, leading to speculation by international oil conglomerates about a massive expansion of drilling in the region.
By David Walsh, 31 August 2012
Whatever the ultimate damage caused by Hurricane Isaac, it has underscored once again the social crisis in America and the failure of its political system.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 August 2012
Grain prices surged to new records after the US Department of Agriculture downgraded its harvest projections.
By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012
Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 August 2012
Global food prices rose 6.2 percent in July, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thursday.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 August 2012
Drought conditions affected two-thirds of the continental US this week, intensifying in the western plains where temperatures exceeded 110°F.
By Naomi Spencer, 4 August 2012
More than a fifth of the contiguous United States is under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, threatening widening crop failures.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 August 2012
The sudden melting of the Greenland ice shelf is an indicator that global warming is beginning to have a very widespread impact on human life.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 August 2012
Downgraded harvest outlooks in the US, Russia and Australia sent grain markets soaring upward still further Monday.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 July 2012
Severe drought spread rapidly across the central US this week, further damaging staple crops and heightening the risk of a global food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 July 2012
As the US drought deepens, corn and soybean prices are soaring past 2008 records, raising the specter of a global food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 July 2012
The deepest drought in more than half a century threatens US staple crops, which has fueled a speculative rally on the global grain markets.
By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 6 July 2012
What has been billed as a major environmental and social reform is in fact a regressive pro-business measure that does nothing to address the climate change crisis.
By James Brewer, 4 July 2012
Hot temperatures continue in the eastern United States as over a million are without electricity.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 July 2012
Strong storms left 14 dead and millions without power in the midst of triple-digit temperatures.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 29 June 2012
Under conditions of heat, dry air, and high winds, devastating fires have swept across the US state of Colorado, causing major evacuations and the destruction of homes and entire neighborhoods.
By Nicholas Russo, 28 June 2012
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which drew to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Friday, has been denounced by environmental advocates as a “hoax” and “an epic failure.” Despite already low expectations before the meeting, the summit testifies to the stagnation in global efforts to address the looming climate crisis.
By Nicholas Russo, 12 June 2012
An international group of scientists published a review article in the latest issue of Nature arguing that the human impact on the Earth's biosphere could lead to an ecological disaster in as little as a few generations.
By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2012
As the survivors marked the anniversary, they were offered platitudes and religious bromides by Obama and other speakers.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president
By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 18 May 2012
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the uncontrolled application of hydraulic fracturing by private corporations whose sole aim is the maximization of profits at any cost.
By Marc Wells, 14 May 2012
Maywood, California in Los Angeles County is one of many US cities suffering from a lack of access to one of the most basic requirements of modern society: clean drinking water.
By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2012
The gas leak at the Total oil conglomerate Elgin platform in the North Sea threatens an environmental disaster.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 March 2012
A spate of tornadoes Friday across the Midwest and South, the second outbreak in three days, left at least 39 dead, hundreds injured, and entire towns demolished.
By Hiram Lee and Ryan Rahilly, 5 March 2012
The wave of tornadoes that struck the Midwestern and Southern US on Friday left many communities in eastern Kentucky destroyed. World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with residents of West Liberty about their experiences.
By Marcus Day, 6 February 2012
A nuclear reactor in Byron, Illinois, about 95 miles northwest of Chicago, released radioactive steam into the environment after an unexpected shutdown Monday morning.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 February 2012
In an attempt to curry favor with the energy industry in advance of the presidential election, President Obama used his State of the Union address to declare his backing for hydrofracking.
By Oliver Campbell, 23 December 2011
It appears that the collapse of dams contributed to the severity of the floods, along with deforestation, silting of the rivers and lack of government planning.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 December 2011
Durban is set to join the list of UN summits that fail to take significant action to resolve the climate change crisis—Bali, Poznan, Cancún and, most prominently, Copenhagen.
By Janel Flechsig, 8 November 2011
A dam at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin collapsed, sending an estimated 2,500 cubic yards of coal ash into Lake Michigan last week.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2011
Nearly a week after an unusually early snowstorm hit the Northeast US, hundreds of thousands of electric customers remained without power as of Friday.
By Peter Daniels, 1 November 2011
An early snowstorm highlights the crisis of infrastructure in the US
By Charles Abelard and Tom Carter, 14 September 2011
Funding cuts implemented earlier this year left firefighters unable to effectively combat the blazes, which have already left thousands of rural and small-town homes across the state in ruins.
By Tom Eley, 9 September 2011
Heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Lee on Thursday forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents from Pennsylvania and New York.
By Kate Randall, 2 September 2011
The death toll from Hurricane Irene climbed to 46 on Thursday as residents in Vermont and New Jersey battled serious flooding, and significant power outages continued throughout the Northeast US.
By Kate Randall, 31 August 2011
The death toll from Hurricane Irene rose to 42 yesterday as inland areas of the Northeast US were still experiencing severe flooding.
By Kate Randall, 29 August 2011
Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast of the US this weekend, leaving more than 4 million people and businesses without power and killing at least 18.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 July 2011
A sharp shift is now underway, with the Labor government and Coalition opposition under pressure to outline savage austerity measures to prepare for the sharp domestic impact of an international slump.
By Dwight Stoll, 14 July 2011
Weeks of unrelenting heat have left at least 39 people dead and 150 million suffering triple-digit temperatures across the US.
By Naomi Spencer, 7 July 2011
An estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil have poured into the Yellowstone River just south of Billings, Montana since a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil broke open July 1.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 June 2011
Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate Minot, North Dakota, ahead of unprecedented flooding.
By Toby Reese, 15 June 2011
The fire, the largest in Arizona’s history, has so far burned over 733 square miles in the state and in neighboring New Mexico.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2011
Record levels of greenhouse gas emission constitute a damning indictment of the capitalist system.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 7 June 2011
The gas industry is citing the lack of baseline data to discredit a report by researchers at Duke University criticizing the use of hydraulic fracturing.
By Dan Brennan, 6 June 2011
Global carbon dioxide emissions reached new and dangerous heights last year, according to a new assessment by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
By Kate Randall, 3 June 2011
At least three people were killed when tornadoes touched down in central and western Massachusetts on Wednesday.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 May 2011
124 are now confirmed dead from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. More tornadoes swept across through the region Tuesday and Wednesday, taking at least 15 more lives.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 May 2011
Another major storm system churned into Oklahoma and the US Midwest Tuesday, bearing more tornadoes. The death toll from Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri has grown to 124.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 May 2011
One month after tornadoes ripped across the US South, devastated communities are struggling to rebuild without meaningful federal assistance.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 May 2011
Joplin is only the latest in a series of communities devastated by tornadoes this year, highlighting the deadly impact of social inequality and underdeveloped infrastructure.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 May 2011
The huge tornado that razed much of Joplin, Missouri Sunday evening killed at least 116 and injured hundreds more, making it the deadliest single tornado in the US since at least 1953.