Six California cities and municipalities sued the same big oil companies over climate change last year. Earlier this week, ExxonMobil took first steps toward a counter-suit.
Last year marked the costliest US wildfire and hurricane seasons on record.
In response to a request from Senate Democrats, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate whether Superfund sites are prepared for rising seas and extreme weather.
A new study confirms that the maternal mortality rate in Texas is alarmingly high. But part of the problem may be a broken system for counting how many women die of pregnancy and birth complications.
Brian Wansink of Cornell University is retracting his fifth paper in less than a year.
Sea ice melted, natural disasters were disastrous, US life expectancy dropped, and the Trump administration lent a sympathetic ear to climate and vaccine deniers.
Just before the year ends, Trump delivers two more wins for the fossil fuel industry: rolling back an environmental rule for fracking on public lands, and proposing to ease safety requirements for offshore drilling.
The Trump administration has rolled back a host of climate research, funding, and regulations. Here are the biggest changes, in no particular order.
2017 was the year fentanyl became a household name. Here are 12 stories that show just how bad the US opioid epidemic has gotten, the hucksters who have profited, and how much it’ll take to get us out of it.
Statements and policy changes on pipelines, monuments, and native history struck a nerve.
This year the Environmental Protection Agency took a novel approach to dealing with bad press: openly fighting with reporters and hiring political operatives to monitor the news.
It's the Interior Department's second such stop in the fossil fuel arena, following the halt of a mountaintop mining safety study in August.
Even though the elderly are living longer, more and more young people are dying of overdoses. “Basically, good things are happening to old people, while bad things are happening to young ones,” one expert said.
A new policy from the federal government allows scientists to make viruses more deadly or contagious. Critics say this research could inadvertently release the very threat that scientists are trying to counter.
CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald pushed back against a Washington Post report that her staff was prohibited from using seven words, including “transgender,” “fetus,” and “evidence-based.”
The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate cosmetics with drug ingredients unless they make health claims in their ads. “You get out of a lot of safety testing just by calling it a cosmetic,” one expert said.
According to the Washington Post, the seven banned words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
A study about the dangers of mountaintop coal mining has been suspended by the Trump administration. “It looks like it’s just an attempt to stop it forever,” one expert said.
“We are troubled that it appears that you have cut and pasted from the written answers of other nominees in your responses to questions that were submitted to you,” wrote 10 Senate Democrats.
“This lawsuit is a demonstration of us, young people, reclaiming our democracy,” one of the plaintiffs said.
“Alaska is ground zero for climate change right now. The last thing we need is more oil development,” one Alaska Native said.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk wants to ship his red Tesla roadster to Mars orbit on the first launch of a new jumbo rocket in January. He seems to be serious.
Kellyanne Conway is leading the White House coordination of federal responses to the opioids crisis. "If it walks like a czar, talks like a czar, quacks like a czar, it's a czar,” one political scientist said.
In the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctors are caught in a fierce debate over whether to stop medications for patients with chronic pain. Here’s what happened to one man when his painkillers were taken away.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced pollster Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, will lead White House initiatives against the opioid overdose epidemic.
Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 2050, but warned that “progress is unlikely to be smooth.”
In April, Cornell said it had found no evidence of misconduct in four of Brian Wansink’s controversial papers on the psychology of eating. But now the school tells BuzzFeed News an investigation is “underway.”
Cornell University food behavior scientist Brian Wansink has retracted another paper — his fourth this year. “There is no empirical support for the conclusions of the article,” the journal editors wrote.
A “space kingdom” called Asgardia, founded by a wealthy Russian-Azerbaijani industrialist, will soon launch its first satellite from the International Space Station. Legal experts say the idea of founding a country on a spaceship is bonkers.
In the coming decades, as meat becomes less and less sustainable, our Thanksgiving feasts might well include insects. Here are a few recipes for early adopters.
New Zealand's tectonic plate situation features heavily.
The study adds to the evidence on how air pollution can negatively impact health.
Time to learn about nuclear isotopes and Russian geography!
After a political appointee took charge of EPA grants, the agency cut short a six-year, $1.95-million grant to a Pennsylvania newspaper covering the Chesapeake Bay. Now a fight is brewing.
Cornell University scientist Brian Wansink is facing yet another formal correction — his eighth this year, along with three full retractions — for his research on the psychology of eating.
A software company in New York put in place the new policy after one worker was displaced by Hurricane Irma in Florida and others were threatened by wildfires in Northern California. Other companies are starting to follow suit.
The approval of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska comes as the company responds to a massive oil leak on another pipeline in South Dakota. Trump has been a vocal supporter of the project despite concerns over its environmental impact.
A staff log obtained by BuzzFeed News gives a tense account of what happened in the days after Hurricane Harvey drowned the Arkema chemical plant outside of Houston.
SmileDirectClub is trying to silence its critics with legal threats after the American Association of Orthodontists lodged complaints against the Nashville startup in 36 states.
Several federal officials attended an energy conference hosted by the conservative Heartland Institute. The group of climate skeptics is celebrating Trump’s environmental rollbacks and aiming for even bigger policy changes.
A five-year experiment has confirmed with hard-won data what every journalist already knows: The news exerts a massive influence on online conversations.
A Syrian official made the announcement Tuesday at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
Many mass shootings involve family members. Women in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be killed if their partner owns a gun. But no one knows whether abusive partners are at a higher risk of shooting unrelated people.
“I think whatever fears we had weren’t realized,” said one of the study’s authors. “This report says what scientists want it to say.”
New sales estimates suggest that Obama’s support for gun controls may have driven earlier spikes.
Referencing the Book of Joshua, EPA head Scott Pruitt announced sweeping changes to the agency's science advisory boards, opening the door to more input from the business world.
The Agriculture Department chief scientist nominee, Sam Clovis, has withdrawn his bid for the job due to the Russian election investigation. He also had no scientific qualifications.
As House Science Committee chair, Smith has challenged the research and integrity of federal scientists, including subpoenaing for their emails.
Jim Bridenstine, Trump’s pick for NASA chief, used to be a climate denier, but took a more mainstream stance during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
“The commission has started an investigation to get the evidence regarding the prudence of all the actions that PREPA has taken,” said one commissioner.
Trump had promised to declare a national emergency in August. Overdose deaths have quadrupled from 1991 to 2015.
"He's the absolute worst person I could think of to put in charge of chemicals and toxic safety in our nation," said one Senator.
Internal emails, recordings, interviews, and other documentation obtained by BuzzFeed News show how BP Alaska executives are struggling to “reset” the company’s safety culture after five dangerous accidents this year alone.
Cornell University professor Brian Wansink claimed that he’d found a way to get kids aged 8 to 11 to choose fruit over junk food. But the research was actually done on toddlers.
At a Rose Garden news conference, Trump re-upped on declaring a national public health emergency over the US epidemic of opioid drug overdoses.
SmileDirectClub offers to straighten your teeth at a fraction of the cost of braces, without a visit to the dentist. But orthodontists claim the company has endangered the oral health of tens of thousands of people.
The Interior Department released the results of an agency-wide survey of NPS employees Friday.
“It’s very rare for it to get this bad anywhere in the United States,” one expert said. The main hazard is tiny particles of soot that can cause lung disease.
Here’s a look under the fuming hood of EPA’s bid to kill climate regulations on power plants.
Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids killed more than 21,000 people in 2016, doubling the previous year's rate, CDC data show.
The head of the EPA said the agency is killing Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Climate and health experts say this will increase health costs from air pollution and do little to limit emissions.
Donald Trump’s first space council meeting happens on Thursday. It may pick a winner in the billionaire-backed race for the Moon and Mars.
A British newspaper admitted that a controversial climate article from February was misleading and inaccurate. The story’s claims have received at least 752,300 shares, likes, comments, or other interactions on social media.
The ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves were detected for the first time in September 2015, and the discovery was announced early last year.
Three American scientists have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for isolating a gene that plays a crucial role in how our bodies synchronise with the rhythms of the day.
A new documentary shows how disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield still manages to raise big money, even in the wake of a world-famous scandal.
Two others were reportedly hospitalized. The state health department said that there have not been widespread reports of skin infections.
A new study is arguing that a single mutation in the Zika virus could be behind the 2016 epidemic of brain damage in infants.
Puerto Rico's Cayo Santiago, home to 1,500 research monkeys, was hit hard by Hurricane Maria. Scientists are trying help staff wiped out by the storm to resupply the island.
Plus, just really pretty pictures of trees.
Massive landfills on Caribbean islands were already poisoning the nearby soil. Hurricanes Maria and Irma likely just made them worse, experts say.
“Global warming is here and it is harming San Francisco now,” the city’s lawsuit says.
“Everyone in the earthquake business knows that Mexico City is built on pudding,” said one expert.
J. Craig Venter, famed genomics pioneer and cofounder of the San Diego–based Synthetic Genomics, is just one individual named in a sweeping gender discrimination lawsuit against the biotech company.
Chemical spills, damage to petroleum tanks, and the stopping and starting of plants released more than 5 million pounds of pollutants, according to regulatory filings analyzed by BuzzFeed News.
It's more important to pee after sex than it is to pee before.
Nope, you can't get rid of crabs by shaving your pubes. Sorry.
This year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year award shortlist is out today. Here are some of the finalists from the competition, and the stories behind the photographs.
The surge of high water from Hurricane Irma was surprisingly low in some places, like Tampa Bay, and surprisingly high in others, like Jacksonville. Predicting surge is a tricky new science.
"There are more of us than you'd think juggling the condition with careers, young families, travel aspirations."
After 20 years in space, some amazing science, and some unbelievable images, the Cassini-Huygens mission is finally coming to an end. We asked two of the scientists who worked on it what the mission meant to them.
Even SeaWorld is battening down for the onslaught of the ocean storm.
Experimental federal maps project where higher storm surge waters — as high as 15 feet in some places — are now predicted for Florida's coast.
“The highways weren’t designed to empty a state,” said one expert.
“Southeast Florida is the most vulnerable place in the whole country to hurricane damages,” one expert said.
With evacuation ordered for Miami's coastal zones, Trump properties are facing a storm surge threat.
It shows the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
The suit claims that Arkema did not warn first responders that fumes from the explosions could be toxic.
There's only one way out: north.
“We spent all last week calling Harvey ‘unprecedented’,” said one expert. “Now it’s ‘unprecedented’ times two.”
"Maybe when I tell people that science is systemically racist, they’ll believe me now. This trash is endorsed by a top journal," one scientist said.
Americans took 1.7 billion vacation trips last year — and brought back some very gross stowaways.
"They're not going to get cancer tomorrow — they may get asthma in three months," one researcher said.
Over the past decade, scientists or universities have used the Freedom of Information Act to get thousands of competitors' grants proposals. And many of the targeted scientists are upset.
Rising floodwaters don’t discriminate between rich and poor. But when it comes to recovering from disaster, wealth makes a huge difference.
Tropical storm Harvey has begun heading east, but healthcare workers across the city are preparing for a medical fallout that could last months.
The explosions and ensuing fire at the Arkema chemical plant early Thursday are just the latest in a wave of damage, disruptions, and pollution at industrial facilities along the Texas coast after Harvey.
Houston is one of the least densely populated of the US's great cities, and has sprawled into floodplains because of lax building rules. That needs to change, experts say.
From floating fire ant colonies to leaking car batteries to sewage, public health experts are expecting storm-related health effects to last months.
An employee at a DOE lab said that "climate change" and "global warming" cannot be used in project descriptions because "we have to meet the President's budget language restrictions."