California Burns: Maria Fire Is Latest California Blaze to Send Thousands Fleeing

Another fire erupted in Southern California overnight and was growing Friday morning, destroying two buildings and leading the authorities to order 7,500 people to evacuate. As firefighters continued to battle several blazes up and down the state, the most recent, named the Maria fire, flared up in Ventura County on Thursday evening and grew to […]

E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules to Control Toxic Ash from Coal Plants

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation meant to limit the leaching of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury into water supplies from the ash of coal-fired power plants, according to two people […]

After Getting Whaled on by Environmentalists, the Trump Administration Is Helping a Vulnerable Sea Mammal

ANDREYGUDKOV/Getty The Trump administration isn’t exactly heralded as a friend to nature’s creatures. It has, after all, rolled back Endangered Species Act protections, shrunk national monuments, and proposed opening the United States’ largest national forest up to logging and construction. But earlier this month, the administration announced it plans to designate more than 300,000 square […]

Spain Agrees to Host Key Climate Talks After Chile Pulls Out

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Madrid has offered to hold the next United Nations climate talks, the leaders of Spain and Chile announced on Thursday. The announcement came a day after Chile said it could not host the event because of intensifying protests in the […]

The Internet Cloud Has a Dirty Secret

The music video for “Despacito” set an Internet record in April 2018 when it became the first video to hit five billion views on YouTube. In the process, “Despacito” reached a less celebrated milestone: it burned as much energy as 40,000 U.S. homes use in a year. Computer servers, which store website data and share […]

Local Guides, Less Plastic: How China’s Tourism Industry Is Trying to Improve Its Sustainability

Typical tourism is not environmentally-friendly: Air travel emits carbon, hotels and resorts burn through water and energy, and overcrowding of natural wonders diminishes biodiversity. Sustainable tourism—centering on tourists lowering their carbon footprints, promoting local jobs, and learning about the place they are visiting—has emerged in response to traditional tourism’s harmful side effects, and in China, […]

Solar Energy Execs Say They’re Dodging the Effects of Trump’s Trade War Tariffs

How much are tariffs and the intensifying U.S.-China trade war hurting the solar industry? Not much, according to a panel of solar energy executives speaking at the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum in Yunnan, China on Friday morning. “It’s neutral for us,” said Eric Luo, Chairman and CEO of GCL System Integration Technology, a Chinese solar […]

Corporations Want Sustainable Suppliers. They Must Rethink Their Punitive Approach

Few aspects of business are more complex than supply chains. It can be tempting for global corporations to walk away from small local companies that don’t meet environmental or labor standards rather than risk bad publicity and the wrath of consumers. That’s the wrong approach, argues Pamela Mar, director of sustainability for Fung Group, a […]

The Conundrum at the Heart of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

What is more important for China’s Belt and Road Initiative: providing energy security in developing countries—or cutting out coal? That question was at the heart of a roundtable Friday at Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum in Yunnan, China. On the one hand, the Belt and Road Initiative represents an umbrella of infrastructure projects with an estimated […]

Want to Design a Truly Sustainable City? Look to the Galaxy

In recent decades, cities in decline have focused on revitalizing their downtown centers to achieve a new renaissance. But for cities to thrive in coming decades, they may just have to change their approach: starting downtown. That was the consensus of a panel of investors, academics, consultants, and urban planners at the Fortune Global Sustainability […]