Decades early, average temperatures in some Kenyan counties are 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrialized levels.    Researchers predicted a global 1.5C increase by 2030-2052. 2 Kenyan counties already average 1.91C increases since 1969 and several others range from 1.59…

Amid record temperatures and wrenching drought, the taps are still running for the well-heeled residents of New Delhi, who enjoy limitless water supply for $10-$15 a month.   Poorer residents in densely populated settlements say they are paying that much for just a week’s…

Spain is in the throes of a massive forest fire, fueled by a stifling heatwave blanketing Europe, the Evening Standard reports.   The fire in the Catalonia area, the area’s most serious in 2 decades, has consumed 4,000 hectares of forest and spurred evacuations.  

Americans export 68,000 shipping containers of recyclables annually—mostly to developing nations. China recently closed its borders to shipments while others take on far more than they can process. In Indonesia and Vietnam, plastics pour in so abundantly that the countries…

Eclipsing megahits like The Crown and Breaking Bad, HBO’s new series on Chernobyl is now the highest-rated TV series ever, The Economist reports.

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that today the world “celebrates” World Environment Day because the news is so grim. From 7 million people killed every year by air pollution and soaring deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon to the global climate crisis, there’s more worry…

What does it mean when the word “fragrance” appears on an ingredients list? Any number of things, apparently. But the details are kept mum under “trade secrets” protections in a largely self-regulating fragrance industry. In a test of 140 personal care and cleaning…

When residents of Rockford, Michigan began looking into the redevelopment of a famously stinky tannery, something was fishy. When officials reported no known contamination at the shuttered factory, they demanded a deeper investigation. When they didn’t get one, they…

Air pollution contributes to 5 million deaths globally each year and causes stunted growth, cognitive deficits, heart and lung disease and other problems.  But some cities and countries have made significant progress in reducing air pollution. The key is to know the local…

The now-ubiquitous imagery of plastic mounting in oceans and in the bellies of wildlife has sparked a dialogue about plastic pollution. But there’s a missing link, notes a new report from the Center for International Environmental Law. Plastic products result from a long…