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Why the EPA Needs Another William Ruckelshaus (1932–2019)

The agency’s first administrator built the EPA from scratch—and established the nonpartisan, antipolluter culture that the Trump administration has all but abandoned.

Week 151: Flushing Conservation Down the Drain: Donald Trump’s Toilet Troubles

The president wants the EPA to fix his toilet, and an Interior official finds himself in deep doo-doo.

A New Deal for the Okapi, Africa’s “Unicorn”

How protecting the okapi could bring income, sanitation, health services, and security to a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Cli-Fi Genre Gives Us a Peek at Planet Earth in 2040

In the latest issue of the literary quarterly McSweeney’s, 10 short-story writers imagine what the world might look like in 20 years without effective climate action.

Week 150: Trump Is Pro-Fence When It Comes to Immigration, Anti-Fence When It Comes to Protecting Kids’ Health

Plus, the solar industry pleads for mercy, and the president says he thinks about climate change “all the time.” Hmm.

Think You Know What Water Looks Like? Take a Look at This.

Photographer Roger Fishman goes airborne to capture a unique perspective on rapidly changing Arctic landscapes.