UN Climate Chief Calls for Tripling of Clean Energy Investment

Christiana Figueres says $1 trillion a year is required for the transformation needed to stay within 2C of warming.

How the West Virginia Spill Exposes Our Lax Chemical Laws

Foo Connor/Flickr

We really don’t know much about the chemical involved. And that’s the problem.

A Poison Aficionado’s Guide to 6 Killer Chemicals

Steve and Sara Emry/Flickr

Science journalist Deborah Blum explores the homicidal—and, the environmental—ways that chemistry can do us in.

Brrrr: Incredible Photos of the Polar Vortex


The polar vortex sweeping the country is producing some rather lovely photos. Here are a few of our favorites.

Why the Arctic Is Drunk Right Now

Drunk Arctic

The odd relationship between the warming Arctic and extreme cold weather.


About Climate Desk

The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.