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How Scott Pruitt Plans to Defend Himself on Capitol Hill: Spread the Blame

How Scott Pruitt Plans to Defend Himself on Capitol Hill: Spread the Blame

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, at the White House on Tuesday.

The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World.

The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World.

Air-conditioners on a building in Fuzhou, China. A new report predicts that the number of air-conditioning units worldwide will rise from 1.6 billion today to 5.6 billion by midcentury.

Banned Ozone-Harming Gas Creeps Back, Suggesting a Mystery Source

Banned Ozone-Harming Gas Creeps Back, Suggesting a Mystery Source

Refrigerators at a dump in New Orleans in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. Chlorofluorocarbons were once commonly used as a refrigerant in appliances like these, but have been banned since 2010.

California Strikes Back Against the Trump Administration’s Auto Pollution Rollback

California Strikes Back Against the Trump Administration’s Auto Pollution Rollback

Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, has vowed to fight the federal government’s proposed changes.

Automakers Sought Looser Rules. Now They Hope to Stop Trump From Going Too Far.

Automakers Sought Looser Rules. Now They Hope to Stop Trump From Going Too Far.

Mitch Bainwol, left, the auto industry’s top lobbyist, with Mr. Pruitt at an event last month announcing the proposed rollback of Obama-era auto emissions rules.

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

Lake Urmia, in northwestern Iran, has diminished by nearly 90 percent since the early 1970s.

A Hot, Dry Winter in California. Could It Be Drought Again?

A Hot, Dry Winter in California. Could It Be Drought Again?

Smoke from the Thomas Fire over Ventura County in Southern California in December.

Scott Pruitt Sought ‘Business Opportunity’ With Chick-fil-A While Leading E.P.A.

Scott Pruitt Sought ‘Business Opportunity’ With Chick-fil-A While Leading E.P.A.

Scott Pruitt, left, during his swearing in as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator in 2017, with his wife, Marlyn Pruitt, their son Cade, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the Supreme Court.

Global Warming’s Toll on Coral Reefs: As if They’re ‘Ravaged by War’

Global Warming’s Toll on Coral Reefs: As if They’re ‘Ravaged by War’

A researcher examined bleached coral at Zenith Reef, in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef, in November 2016.

Trump Administration Drops Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan

Trump Administration Drops Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Tuesday. “My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected,” he said last week.

What Land Will Be Underwater in 20 Years? Figuring It Out Could Be Lucrative

What Land Will Be Underwater in 20 Years? Figuring It Out Could Be Lucrative

The Battery area of Charleston, S.C., after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Companies are seeking better climate forecasts to assess the risks of operating in the area.

Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Rented Residence From Wife of Energy Lobbyist

Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Rented Residence From Wife of Energy Lobbyist

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been the subject of questions from the House Oversight Committee about his travel expenses.

Lowe’s Drops Paint Strippers Blamed in Dozens of Deaths

Lowe’s Drops Paint Strippers Blamed in Dozens of Deaths

Lowe’s says it will voluntarily stop selling paint strippers that contain two dangerous chemicals. A proposal to ban the chemicals is before the E.P.A.

Trump’s New Pollution Rules Still Won’t Save the Coal Industry

Trump’s New Pollution Rules Still Won’t Save the Coal Industry

President Trump entering a rally on Tuesday in Charleston, W.Va., where his promises to support the coal industry have been popular even though his administration predicts its continued decline.

Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants

Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants

A coal plant was demolished in Marysville, Mich., in 2015.

These Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Set a U.S. Record in 2017

These Billion-Dollar Natural Disasters Set a U.S. Record in 2017

The remains of a house in Perryville, Mo., after a tornado.


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