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Past articles by Abrahm:

A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River

Seven states depend on the Colorado River for water but climate change and overuse have taken their toll. Meanwhile, water sharing agreements between these states will soon expire. → Read More

As Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis

The megadrought gripping the western states is only part of the problem. Alternative sources of water are also imperiled, and the nation’s food along with it. → Read More

There’s No Cheap Way to Deal With the Climate Crisis

Warming will bring enormous economic costs. Cutting emissions now will save money later. → Read More

40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis. → Read More

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration —

Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go? → Read More

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

According to new data analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures, rising seas and changing rainfall will profoundly reshape the way people have lived in North America for centuries. → Read More

Where Will Everyone Go?

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center, have for the first time modeled how climate refugees might move across international borders. This is what we found. → Read More

How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates… —

A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said. → Read More

Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation? → Read More

Fuel to the Fire

How a U.S. law intended to reduce dependence on fossil fuels has unleashed an environmental disaster in Indonesia. → Read More

Defense Inspector General to Investigate Military’s Toxic Open Burning

The inquiry will evaluate whether the polluting practice is legal, and whether contractors have proper oversight. → Read More

Did U.S. Government Agencies Intentionally Whitewash the Toxic Footprint of a Widely Used Chemical Compound?

Two new analyses make clear the Environmental Protection Agtency and the Department of Defense have downplayed the public-health threat posed by chemicals used to develop Teflon and Scotchgard. → Read More

How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat

A family of chemicals — known as PFAS and responsible for marvels like Teflon and critical to the safety of American military bases — has now emerged as a far greater menace than previously disclosed. → Read More

Long Story Short

An annotated history of the 30-year fight over a single polluted Air Force base. → Read More

The explosive compound RDX helped make America a superpower. Now, it’s poisoning the nation’s water and soil

Military Pollution — Boilerplate for ProPublica custom story projects. → Read More

Bombs in Our Backyard —

The Pentagon has poisoned millions of acres and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health. Its oversight of thousands of toxic sites has been marked by defiance and delay. → Read More

Reporting Recipe: Bombs in Your Backyard —

The military spends more than a billion dollars a year to clean up sites its operations have contaminated with toxic waste and explosives. These sites exist in every state in the country. Some are located near schools, residential neighborhoods, rivers and lakes. A full map of these sites has never been made public – until now. → Read More

Bombs in Your Backyard

The military spends more than a billion dollars a year to clean up sites its operations have contaminated with toxic waste and explosives. A map of these sites has never been made public — until now. Find ones near you. → Read More

How U.S. military outsourcing turned toxic

Fraud. Bribery. Incompetence. The military’s use of contractors adds to a legacy of environmental damage. → Read More

At Last, Air Monitor Set to Test for Lead Near Military Open Burn Site —

For decades, residents near the Radford ammunition plant in Virginia have worried about the threat from munitions burning. A monitor near a school outside of the plant might start to offer answers. → Read More