Gulf Coast

Satellite mapping image of Hurricane Michael making landfall in Florida

Warming ocean waters turned Hurricane Michael into a superstorm

Climate Change

Hurricane Michael intensified from Category 1 to Category 4 in just 24 hours. Furious winds and an 8- to 12-foot storm surge were fueled by warming sea surface temperatures.

Under a new carbon offset program that is gaining popularity in Congress, oil and gas companies — and other manufacturers of products involving — fossil fuel would have to pay $40 for every ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere.

New carbon offset program may have the bipartisan support it needs on Capitol Hill

Growing high tides have turned this photo — taken from Pompano Beach, Florida, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 — into a regular occurrence along the U.S. coastlines.

New report forecasts a troubling picture of rising tides, frequent flooding on coasts

Climate Change

Don’t Forget Us: Photographing the Oil Spill

Arts, Culture & Media
Atchafalaya bayou

Federal judge halts Louisiana pipeline


Social media has role in drug cartel violence in Mexico


Social media has revolutionized the way many humans communicate. In Mexico, that means it’s become one of the only ways residents can get information about drug cartel violence. But that has the government nervous.

Louisiana's Isle de Jean Charles.

Rising seas are washing away two US towns. How they’re responding is a matter of faith, belief and money.


Water threatens to overtake low-lying communities in Louisiana and Virginia. One community is determined to stay put. The other is using nearly $50 million to relocate.

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline rally in front of the White House on February 24, 2015, the day President Barack Obama vetoed a bill circumventing administration review of the project and mandating its construction.

President Obama’s veto isn’t the end of the Keystone XL story


President Obama vetoed a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that still doesn’t mean the project is officially dead. But with collapsed oil prices and a world moving away from fossil fuels, would Keystone’s builders eventually regret it if they do win approval?

The Houston Ship Channel stretches 52 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the city of Houston. Sea levels have risen 2.2 feet over the last century at Galveston, the main barrier island protecting the Ship Channel from a big storm.

The ‘Texas miracle’ is fueling huge economic growth — and the climate change that may end it


Texas is the biggest climate polluter in the U.S. It’s also is also extremely vulnerable to some of the impacts of climate change. But the state’s most prominent politicians say they don’t believe that climate change is real. It all adds up to a big problem for Texas and the rest of us.

Dutch ecologist and dike designer Mindert de Vries stands on top of one of the new "soft" dikes being built near the Rhine River delta city of Dordrecht. Dutch innovations in flood control are helping reduce the adverse effects of older dike technologies.

With the waters rising, the Dutch find eco-friendly ways to keep them at bay


With hundreds of years of experience behind them, the Netherlands are still pioneering ways to protect its communities from flooding. And as climate change makes flooding more of a global concern, other countries are paying attention to Dutch innovations.