As the country puts a growing price on greenhouse emissions, investors are rushing to buy up pastures and plant carbon-sucking trees.
The West African nation will let communities veto mining, farming and industrial projects. Activists say the legislation is a progressive landmark. At least one investor calls it unworkable.
Taxpayers and the environment have been the losers.
Peatlands and rainforests in the Congo Basin protect the planet by storing carbon. Now, in a giant leap backward for the climate, they’re being auctioned off for drilling.
An endangered gem of lush greenery in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic hub, is at the center of government efforts to promote ecotourism. Those who live and work there worry about what it means for them.
As Venice and other European hot spots explore permit systems and daily fees to limit the number of tourists, the tiny Buddhist kingdom will require a $200 tax on international visitors when it reopens this fall.
E.P.A. action, legislation and land conservation together can permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the salmon and a way of life.
Ownership of the property, known as Bruce’s Beach, will be transferred to descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce, who bought the land in 1912 and built a resort.
Five Native American tribes will work with the Bureau of Land Management to plan and conserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, officials said.
Three sisters braved lions, crocodiles, poachers, raging rivers and other dangers on a 1,300-mile transnational effort to forge a new dynasty.
Farmers are losing properties to wealthy buyers from the city, while leasing land from the new owners can feel like a ‘modern-day feudal system.’
The legal battle over the gravel route could gut an environmental law that the 39th president called one of his highest achievements.
A major new scientific report offers a road map for how countries can limit global warming, but warns that the margin for error is vanishingly small.
Backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new leadership of Auroville, an experimental commune, wants to create a model city. In the way stand trees, tree houses and a take-it-slow tradition.
Attacks by settlers and Palestinians have both reached a five-year high. But unlike Palestinian suspects, violent settlers are rarely prosecuted.
In a country where public access to parts of the countryside is written into law, the government gave landowners some advice. But farmers say they are not the problem.
The ruling, which requires the government to seek consent for new projects, could put the brakes on the president’s plan to increase oil production.
Protecting them in public areas is a no-brainer. Protecting them on private land is a far greater challenge.
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.