Livable Planet Editor
Livable Planet Editor Peter Thomson has covered the broad swath of issues related to the environment and global sustainability for more than 25 years and has headed up The World's coverage since 2008. He's the author of the acclaimed book "Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal," about the world's largest and deepest lake, the co-owner of a super-efficient, 100 year-old Boston triple-decker, and the father of a very curious young daughter.
Nearly 100 whales are being held in small pens near Nakhodka, Russia. The whales were captured last summer to be sold to marine parks, but after international outrage Russia on Monday agreed to release the 97 remaining in captivity.
Back-to-back mega-storms pounding the US and Caribbean countries have left a lot of people wondering if this is climate change at work. The answer is yes, and no. But it's the wrong question.
Climate change is bringing more extreme weather to just about every corner of the globe. Some places are getting ready, some aren't. And the difference isn't just about money.
In a direct challenge to the positions and policies of the Trump administration, a leaked draft of a scientific report from 13 US federal agencies says there's no doubt humans are largely responsible for climate change. It warns of the stark consequences now and in the future.
Britain plans to outlaw the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans starting in 2040. But what are the hurdles to going electric?
American climate scientists are responding to a plea made by French President Emmanuel Macron after President Donald Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists who have monitored the growing crack for years said on Wednesday.
As President Trump turns US government policy away from the realities of climate change, a new scientific study confirms a link between climate pollution and dangerously extreme weather. The irony of the timing is not lost on the study's lead author.
Scott Pruitt says there's no proof that carbon dioxide pollution is causing the Earth to heat up. Well-established science — and a scientist who's a fellow Republican — says that's flat-out wrong.
China says it'll invest an additional $361 billion in renewable energy projects by 2020, and in the process create 13 million new jobs. The move's in sharp contrast to Donald Trump's promise to reinvigorate the coal industry in the US. Mary Kay Magistad of The World's "Whose Century Is It?" podcast says China seems to have a clearer vision of the future.