New Landscapes is a regular series investigating how environmental policies are affecting communities across America.
Why Aren't We Using Nature to Fight Climate Change?
Forests, mangroves, and wetlands are sometimes seen as the easy option—yet using nature to tackle climate change can be surprisingly controversial.
Can Sustainable Agriculture Survive Under Capitalism?
Without a drastic change to the system, sustainable agriculture risks becoming an esoteric side note—or simply another way for those with money to live healthier lives than those without.
A Clever New Map Shows Which Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most at Risk From Pollution
The NRDC hopes its new research into municipal pollution can help organizers push for sound, equitable policy.
How Communities in the U.K. Are Taking on Fracking
The Conservative British government has rallied behind fracking, but in Lancashire and beyond, locals are pushing back.
A Legal Battle in the Coachella Valley Could Transform How California—and the Nation—Uses Water
Tribal control of groundwater could mean opportunities for economic development, while helping Native Americans deal with the pressures of climate change.
Why the Decline of Newspapers Is Bad for the Environment
New research suggests that corporations pollute more when there aren't local papers to hold them accountable.
For Communities of Color, Nearby Industry Leads to Pollution but Not Employment
Vulnerable communities of color living in the shadow of U.S. industry tend to suffer more than they gain.
How the Government Plans to Defend Itself Against the Young People Suing Over Climate Change
Reviewing the government's expert testimony, we can see what its strategy will be as the Juliana case comes to trial.
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.
What's the Point of the IPCC's New Climate Report?
Even as some observers were struck by the dire forecast, many others say that this is nothing new—and that national leaders will ignore it anyway.
How a Coming Exodus From Flint Could Further Imperil the City's Infrastructure
According to a new study, wealthy and educated citizens could be the first to go.
Has Hurricane Florence Destroyed Records of America's Slave Trade?
Historical archives housed in universities, courthouses, and local libraries are at heightened risk from flooding and mold.
How Traditional Food Is Helping Communities in a Changing Arctic
As hunting grows hazardous, Arctic community centers provide meals of whale and seal.
Can Insurance Help Californians Recover From Natural Disasters?
SB30 has bipartisan support in the state, and also enjoys the backing of Southern California Edison and representatives from the insurance industry.
Colorado Climbers Race to Gather Data About Bats Before a Fungal Disease Hits the State
Biologists have little idea where many of Colorado's bats reside. Athletes are helping.
Natural Burials Are Rising, and That's Good for the Planet
Natural burials offer a greener alternative to traditional cemeteries, but Big Funeral is fighting back.
Fixing Sexism at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
A sexist remark at a recent meeting prompted some soul-searching among the world's top climate scientists. How can they prevent women's expertise from being excluded?
Chantal Bilodeau Brings Climate Change to the Theater
Through a cycle of eight plays, Canadian playwright Chantal Bilodeau explores the inner lives of the Arctic's inhabitants during a time of dramatic change.
Will Artificial Intelligence Make Citizen Scientists Obsolete?
Deep learning models are allowing us to identify flora and fauna automatically. But are there scientific tasks—tasks so intrinsically human—that they can't be done by a computer?