By our reporter, 11 September 2017
The worst impact of Hurricane Irma was in Lesser Antilles and the US and British Virgin Islands.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 September 2017
As Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc on Florida, the failure to adequately prepare for the storm and protect those in its path has exposed the irrationality of American capitalism.
By Matthew Taylor, 8 September 2017
Florida residents are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which has already killed at least 14 people and left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean.
By Jerry White, 7 September 2017
Like Houston, the human cost of Irma will be far greater because of the lack of any serious government preparation and the long neglect of physical and social infrastructure.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2017
With published estimates approaching $200 billion, Hurricane Harvey may have caused damage greater than Katrina and Sandy combined.
“The working class has organized to save the working class”
By Charles Abelard, 4 September 2017
A reader who has lived in Houston for four decades describes the impact of the storm, the rescue efforts organized by workers and runaway real estate development that has left the city vulnerable to flooding.
By Niles Niemuth, 1 September 2017
Officials at every level of government continue to congratulate themselves on their response to the storm, while the endless media commentary avoids any discussion of those responsible for the disaster.
“I grew to call the oil industry the rape, pillage and plunder industry”
Former Shell Oil civil engineer and Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Bea speaks on Hurricane Harvey
By Barry Grey, 1 September 2017
Robert Bea, a retired civil engineer, has had a long career in the fields of flood control and risk assessment and management.
By Niles Niemuth, 31 August 2017
Hurricane Harvey is expected to far surpass any previous storm as the costliest in American history, with at least $190 billion in damage, equivalent to one percent of the national GDP.
By Eric London, 31 August 2017
Immigrants are risking rising flood waters because of anti-immigrant maneuvers and false reports of deportations at evacuation sites.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2017
The self-sacrifice and organizational initiative of the working class in response to the hurricane make a powerful case for independent workers’ organizations and workers’ control over economic and social life.
As Trump gloats over “success” of government response to Hurricane Harvey
By Kate Randall, 30 August 2017
While floodwaters continued to rise in Houston, Governor Abbott and President Trump praised one another and hailed the government response to the disaster.
By Niles Niemuth, 30 August 2017
Twelve years after Katrina, nothing has been done to strengthen flood control systems and build up the social infrastructure to limit the impact of major storms.
By Charles Abelard in Houston and Jerry White, 29 August 2017
Emergency shelters, hastily established by authorities in Houston, are overflowing with at least 30,000 residents, while at least nine deaths are blamed on the storm.
By Barry Grey, 29 August 2017
Catastrophes such as Hurricane Harvey are the product of a half-century of neglect of America’s social infrastructure, accompanied by a fantastic accumulation of private wealth at the very apex of society.
By Trévon Austin, 29 August 2017
Stories of devastation along the Gulf Coast continue to emerge three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas.
By Daniel de Vries, 29 August 2017
The natural gas tanker’s passage marks a new milestone in the decay of the Arctic Ocean ice cap.
By Tom Hall, 28 August 2017
Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, a major hurricane has once against exposed the brutal reality of class relations in the United States.
By E.P. Milligan, 19 August 2017
Energy development projects such as oil and gas pipelines will receive heavy federal subsidies while being fast-tracked through the already lax process of environmental review.
By Will Morrrow, 22 July 2017
Firefighting services have been called to the plant nine times in the last five years—four times this year, three times in 2015 and once in both 2012 and 2013.
By Daniel de Vries, 8 July 2017
The decision is a minor setback for an administration charging ahead with environmental deregulation
By Jerry White, 6 June 2017
Stripped of the demagogy and lies, the line of the Trump administration amounts to the proposition that miners must place their full trust and confidence in the benevolence of the coal bosses.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2017
A serious response to the dangers posed by climate change is not possible within the framework of the capitalism and the nation-state system.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 June 2017
Merkel and Macron are seeking to build up the EU to make it a global power capable of competing with the US for markets, investment opportunities and strategic influence.
By Daniel de Vries, 2 June 2017
The move, which repudiates even the most modest targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, takes place amidst growing conflicts between the major powers and a raging political crisis within the US.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 April 2017
The executive order signed Wednesday orders a review of national monuments on behalf of energy and mining interests.
By Daniel de Vries, 19 April 2017
Debate is raging within the Trump administration over whether to carry through on the president’s campaign promise to withdraw from the 2015 climate change accord.
By Daniel de Vries, 29 March 2017
The order nullifies several Obama-era climate directives and instructs the EPA to begin the process of undoing the Clean Power Plan.
By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2017
While the Oroville Dam crisis highlighted the crumbling nature of US dams, levees around the country are also in deteriorating conditions.
By Zaida Green, 23 February 2017
The eviction orders from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor come as developers rush to complete the pipeline.
By Glenn Mulwray, 22 February 2017
Rainstorms wreaked havoc over Southern California last weekend, causing mass power outages and flooding.
By Daniel de Vries, 18 February 2017
Former Oklahoma attorney general and anti-regulation zealot Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2017
Scientists at various government agencies are concerned that any mention of climate science will be silenced.
By Gary Joad, 30 January 2017
Wednesday’s northern Iowa diesel pipeline spill is reportedly the largest diesel spill in the United States since January 2010.
By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2017
A system of storms that developed on the Gulf Coast on Saturday has claimed 18 lives, and continued to threaten through Monday morning.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 January 2017
After eight years in which the Obama administration did nothing to address climate change, the incoming Trump government is set to fully deregulate greenhouse gas emissions.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 December 2016
Global warming has caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
By Bryan Dyne, 16 December 2016
The BBC documentary explores how life has evolved and adapted across islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities.
By our reporter, 3 December 2016
The Liberal government has declared it is prepared to use force against those protesting expansion of Canada’s oil pipelines.
By Shelley Connor, 2 December 2016
Tornadoes descended upon the Southeast on Wednesday, killing six people and complicating wildfire rescue efforts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 November 2016
Sophia Wilansky, 21, was severely injured by a police concussion grenade, and may require an arm amputation.
By Kevin Martinez, 22 November 2016
Violence broke out on Sunday night when protesters tried to remove a blockade but were stopped by police using water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 November 2016
Never since satellite monitoring began in the late 1970s has such little ice covered the polar seas this time of year.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 November 2016
The mainly Native American protesters have received over $1 million in crowdsource funding, but only silence from Hillary Clinton and attacks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
By Marc Wells, 31 October 2016
At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Italians in the central area of Marche and Umbria were woken by a violent earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.
By Zaida Green, 29 October 2016
Police officers in riot gear from five states were supported by National Guard troops and armored vehicles, arresting 141 protesters.
By John Braddock, 20 October 2016
The report points to the dire social consequences of extreme weather events and vast climatic changes across the Pacific.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016
Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2016
As many as 38 people have died in the US and tens of thousands continue to be impacted in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which came ashore late last week.
By John Harris, 10 October 2016
The estimate, which is yet to be verified by an analysis of official mortality data, far exceeds the Indonesian government’s death toll.
By John Marion, 5 October 2016
The storm made landfall Tuesday morning in a country that has been devastated by the 2010 earthquake and still lacks basic infrastructure.
By Catherine Long, 3 September 2016
Extremely high levels of lead and arsenic are present in the soil due to the historic absence of environmental controls on the metal smelting industry in East Chicago.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 September 2016
Temperature records from ice cores and sediments show that the current rate of global warming is faster than at any point in the past millennium.
By Dan Conway, 18 August 2016
An incredibly strong brush fire has rapidly swept through more than 30,000 acres near the Southern California city of San Bernardino.
By Brad Dixon, 12 August 2016
The price of the EpiPen, relied on by millions to treat severe allergic reactions, has increased by 450 percent in the United States since 2004.
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.
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.