Environment

A boy scavenges through a pile of trash in a market in Beirut.

As Beirut’s Trash Crisis Drags on, Children Recycle to Survive

Official waste management in the Lebanese capital is inadequate. Informal scavengers help fill the gap, but many are refugee children.

The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K., is a work of Modernist architecture not unlike TB facilities of the same era.

How the Tuberculosis Epidemic Influenced Modernist Architecture

Light, air, and hygiene were not just aesthetic preoccupations of the early Modernists: They were the best treatment for tuberculosis at the time.

An illustration with people at Mount Royal Park overlooking the Montreal skyline.

How Montreal’s Largest Park Tackled Its Raccoon Problem

“When tourists arrive with food that is often very high in calories and in fat, they’re going to very quickly lose their fear of humans.”

People walk in a pedestrian-only zone along the river Seine.

Paris Gets to Keep Its Car Ban

Mayor Anne Hidalgo shifted her defense of the pedestrianization plan, winning with an argument that a car ban protects the city’s heritage and tourism.

A Storm-Resilient Park in Queens

By replacing Long Island City’s industrial waterfront with native grasses, Hunters Point South Park stands ready to withstand any storm surge.

Three people inspect flood damage to an apartment.

First Come the Floodwaters, Then Comes the Mold

After a hurricane or tropical storm, mold, which can cause health problems, spreads easily in flooded homes and is difficult (or expensive) to remove.

A crane in front of a destroyed house.

On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons

Six years after Sandy hit New York, waterfront development in the region continues with scant attention to cohesive storm-mitigation strategy.

Why Some Home Prices Rebound Quickly After a Forest Fire

A ruined view following a wildfire affects property values, but only because it's a painful reminder of risk, economists find.

Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims

Will Houston’s data-driven approach help it distribute recovery funds more fairly?

Slogan projected on the Eiffel Tower for World Climate Change Conference

What Local Climate Actions Would Have the Greatest Impact

In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast.

Venice flood waters

Here Are the Mediterranean Sites That Will Be Swallowed by the Sea

Coastal erosion and flooding are threatening ancient cities from Tunisia to Italy.

Aerial view of narrow strips of land divided by water, some with houses on them.

The Dutch Can’t Save Us From Rising Seas

Dutch engineers are renowned for their ability to keep cities dry. But their approach doesn’t necessarily translate to an American context.

A fleet of electric vehicles in Pittsburgh.

The Grim State of Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S.

Plugging in cars and trucks will be critical to averting climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC. How far has the U.S. come?

Aerial view of mobile homes damaged by a hurricane.

Before-and-After Photos of Michael’s Destruction

NOAA images reveal the storm’s brutal, but uneven, impact on the Florida Panhandle.

A man wipes his forehead in a park on a hot summer day.

Climate Change Might Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Too

Average monthly highs above 86 degrees Fahrenheit increase the probability of mental-health issues, a new study finds.

The eye of a hurricane

The Sudden, Shocking Growth of Hurricane Michael

In little more than a day, a Category 1 storm became a “worst-case scenario” Category 4.

How America Fails at Communicating Flood Risks

We have good data about flood risks. The challenge is getting it to people when they need it, in a way that’s useful.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in western Japan.

Climate Change Is Testing Asia’s Megacities

Even the largest, most advanced cities are vulnerable to the intensifying storms in the Pacific Ocean.

A young boy closes his eyes and winces as he receives a shot.

Big Cities Have Longer Flu Seasons, While Small Cities Have More Intense Ones

New research reveals how city size and density affect the transmission of the flu virus.