On the ground during Cape Town's water crisis

On the ground during Cape Town's water crisis

Amid the worst drought on record, the city has threatened to turn off the taps on its nearly 4 million residents. Our correspondent spent a week there while he could still get a shower.
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Opinion: UN plastics treaty should prioritize health and climate change

Delegates should push for a treaty that takes a full-lifecycle approach to plastic pollution.

As parties to the United Nations Environment Assembly gather this week in Paris to negotiate a first-ever Global Plastic Treaty, they have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to prevent public heath crises and mitigate climate change.

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Senator Whitehouse puts climate change on budget committee’s agenda

For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch.
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'Thumb on the scale': Kagan rebukes SCOTUS environment rulings

The liberal justice criticized her conservative colleagues for refusing to let federal air and water laws "work as Congress instructed."
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With billions in climate cash flowing, companies that burn trash race to rebrand

Incinerators, plastics companies and big agriculture race to position as climate-friendly as billions in federal subsidies flow.

Mono Lake: Will state stop diverting its water to L.A.?

Environmentalists say it's past time for California to halt Los Angeles' diversion of Mono Lake's tributaries. L.A. says it needs the water.
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Debt deal includes a green light for a contentious pipeline

Climate activists are livid over a provision in the debt limit agreement that orders federal agencies to issue permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline — and says courts can’t review them.
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Insurers' climate alliance loses nearly half its members after more quit

Three more insurance companies including Tokio Marine have left a United Nations-backed net-zero climate alliance, leaving the group with about half the number of members it counted two months ago as insurers take fright at U.S. political pressure.
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Is kelp the next ocean hero? Only if we can protect it

New research shows we’ve long underestimated the environmental benefits from kelp forests. Now these important ecosystems are threatened.
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