Somini Sengupta, The New York Times

Somini Sengupta

The New York Times

South Kingstown, RI, United States

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Recent articles by Somini:

Intense Arctic Wildfires Set a Pollution Record

High temperatures and dry soil mean ideal conditions for fires. Blazes in June produced more carbon emissions than any other fires in almost two decades of monitoring. → Read More

Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment

Our global climate reporter suggests some smart reads on how they're related. → Read More

Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

It’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say. → Read More

Economic Giants Are Restarting. Here’s What It Means for Climate Change.

Want to know whether the world can avert catastrophe? Watch the recovery plans coming out now in Europe, China and the United States. → Read More

Earth Day Message to Leaders: After Coronavirus, Rebuild Wisely

Activists and scientists called on world leaders to shift the global economy onto a healthier, more sustainable track. → Read More

With Virus Surge, Dermatologists and Orthopedists Are Drafted for the E.R.

Specialists who haven’t worked an intensive care shift in years are being pressed into duty as coronavirus cases overwhelm New York’s hospitals. → Read More

A N.Y. Nurse Dies. Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.

“I’m okay. Don’t tell Mom and Dad. They’ll worry,” he wrote to his sister. He may be the first nurse in New York City to die from the coronavirus. → Read More

What Climate Change Can Teach Us About Fighting the Coronavirus

The slow global response to climate change shows the cost of inaction in global crises. → Read More

A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco and Manila Face Rising Seas

The two sprawling metro areas — one rich, one poor — offer a vision of what could be a watery future for 600 million coastal residents worldwide. → Read More

For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.

Ethiopia is staking its hopes on its $4.5 billion hydroelectric dam. Egypt fears it will cut into its water supplies. President Trump is mediating. → Read More

Big Business Says It Will Tackle Climate Change, but Not How or When

In Davos, business leaders were newly vocal about the danger, though they gave few details about how they would reform their practices. → Read More

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion

The 18-year time frame shows how costly and politically complicated it is to leave the world's dirtiest fossil fuel in the ground. → Read More

U.N. Climate Talks End With Few Commitments and a ‘Lost’ Opportunity

A key United Nations meeting ended early Sunday with the United States and other big polluters blocking even a nonbinding effort to enhance their climate targets next year. → Read More

‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks

Countries agreed to rein in emissions in an effort to avert climate catastrophes. They've failed, according to the latest United Nations report. → Read More

India’s Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much

Decades of short-sighted government policies are leaving millions of Indians defenseless in the age of climate disruptions – especially the country’s poor. → Read More

Cities Worldwide Are Reimagining Their Relationship With Cars

Cars changed the way we move. They also led to toxic levels of air pollution in many cities. Now, under pressure from their citizens, city officials are experimenting with new ways to reimagine the role of cars. → Read More

Chile, Rocked by Unrest, Withdraws From Hosting Climate and Trade Summits

President Sebastián Piñera said on Wednesday that his country, which has been rocked by a wave of recent protests, was not in a position to host the meetings. → Read More

Spain Agrees to Host Key Climate Talks After Chile Pulls Out

Madrid has offered to hold the next United Nations climate talks, the leaders of Spain and Chile announced on Thursday. → Read More

More Than 60 Countries Say They’ll Zero Out Carbon Emissions. The Catch? They’re Not the Big Emitters.

Those countries accounted for only 11 percent of global emissions in 2017. → Read More

At U.N. Climate Summit, a Call for Action Yields Few Commitments

China made no new commitiments at United Nations climate talks to take stronger action. The United States said nothing at all, and a host of other countries made incremental promises at best. → Read More