He preserved landmarks in New York through creative zoning, involved communities in decision-making and insisted on aesthetic standards for urban design.
A decades-long fight over land has been reinvigorated as Taliban leaders look to reward their fighters with property, even if that means evicting others.
Cargill, Nestle, Carrefour and others pledged to reach net-zero deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.
The root causes of rising costs for things like housing and health care are mostly regulatory. We need a strategy to address that.
An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.
An Indigenous clan fears it will lose its place in the world as the government pursues a quest to open a spaceport and lure the billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Five participants in a Generation Climate program convened by The New York Times gave us their thoughts on the issues, why they became involved and what steps make a difference.
Tracey Deer based “Beans” on her experiences as a child during the 1990 Oka crisis, a confrontation between the Mohawk people and the government.
The threatened evictions of Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem led to a war in Gaza last May.
World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.
Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.
Helping farmers is an idea that unites the country’s left and right.
How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).
The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.
A treaty with rebels in 2016 called for the end of a decades-long war. But that is not the same as achieving peace, and the window for doing so may be closing.
Honolulu officials said that maintaining the Haiku Stairs, an illegal hiking trail of 3,922 steps that crosses a mountain range, is too much of a liability.
What to do with the site? There is no easy way to both honor victims and compensate condo owners.
If citizens in construction-besotted Nashville can find the political will to preserve their trees, any city can.
Taller buildings are going up, but, so far, developers are making good on their promises to bring affordable housing to the neighborhood.
A program being started in Atlanta helps midsize farmers buy their own land while providing much-needed fresh food to urban consumers.
A California farmer decides it makes better business sense to sell his water than to grow rice. An almond farmer considers uprooting his trees to put up solar panels. Drought is transforming the state, with broad consequences for the food supply.
Who gets to enjoy the Asi, an exquisite squiggle of water? The question has come to symbolize the identity politics that divide Israeli society.
When you have survived for hundreds or even thousands of years, there’s a strong chance you have seen it all before.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey set off protests in his home province, the heart of his political base, with plans to build a quarry that would destroy a pristine woodland.
Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.
The threat to evict six families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah had become a rallying cry for Palestinians.
‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’
Nonprofits that purchase land, build homes on it and sell them below market rate are giving low-income buyers a chance.
The long-term needs of ecosystems should come before our knee-jerk demands to get back to life.
The island’s Indigenous hunting cultures are circumscribed by ancient rituals and modern legal restrictions. We join a hunt as Taiwan’s constitutional court considers a case on Indigenous rights.
If a state wants funds for infrastructure, it should meet strict conditions about housing construction.
The coronavirus and Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, are jeopardizing the survival of Indigenous peoples and the future of the next human generation.
The outcome of a property rights case could foretell how much conservatives can expect from the justices.
An agricultural movement in Italy grows on land confiscated from organized crime.
A motel owner in 1964 sued over being forced to accommodate Black patrons. Now agribusinesses are borrowing his argument to bar union organizers.
The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.
Bored and trapped in an area one-third the size of Rhode Island, Hong Kongers have sought out the most far-flung corners of their city, mobbing parklands with crowds typically seen downtown.
A debt-relief program would be a step in repairing more than a century of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture.
As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.
Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.
In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.
After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.
The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.
Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.
Off Georgia’s coast, the lush 26,000-acre Ossabaw Island had been in her family since 1924. She dedicated her life to keeping it out of the hands of developers.
The array of directives — touching on international relations, drilling policy, employment and national security, among other things — elevate climate change across every level of the federal government.
The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, including a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land.
Hundreds of destitute families moved to a town bordering North Korea after the war. Six decades later, their dream of owning the land they helped cultivate may finally come true.
Deb Haaland’s nomination as secretary of the interior is historic. But as the first Native cabinet member, she would have to strike a delicate balance.
That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?