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:

A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises

Around the world, 17 countries are currently facing extremely high water stress. Climate change is making the problem worse. → Read More

Life in a City Without Water: Anxious, Exhausting and Sweaty

A weak monsoon and years of draining groundwater have parched Chennai, a city of nearly five million people on the southeastern coast of India. → Read More

The Story of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls, by a Reporter Who Takes It Personally

“Beneath the Tamarind Tree,” by Isha Sesay, weaves an account of the Nigerian girls’ kidnapping with the story of her own mother, another African girl determined to get an education. → Read More

Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds

Researchers looked at how many trees could be planted on every available parcel of land on Earth, where they could go, and what impact could be on our survival. → Read More

Chennai, an Indian City of Nearly 5 Million, Is Running Out of Water

New satellite photos of the city, one of India’s largest, show its reservoirs running dry. → Read More

United Nations Says 80 Countries May Ramp Up Climate Pledges

The countries may increase their climate goals, but the United Nations says that to avert extreme warming, an “exponential increase in ambition” is needed. → Read More

Australia’s Politics May Be Changing With Its Climate

Australia feels the brunt of climate change. Now, as elections approach, its politicians are trying to figure out how to manage the anxiety of voters. → Read More

Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

The Danish capital wants to be carbon neutral six years from now. Its plan involves wind, recycling and a very innovative ski hill. → Read More

Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Costa Rica's first lady is leading a green new deal of sorts for her country. If it succeeds, it would provide a road map to others. → Read More

Becoming Greta: ‘Invisible Girl’ to Global Climate Activist, With Bumps Along the Way

A Swedish girl’s solitary act of civil disobedience has turned her into a symbol for climate action. But her path hasn’t been easy. → Read More

China’s Coal Plants Haven’t Cut Methane Emissions as Required, Study Finds

China in 2010 promised to curb methane emissions. In the first five years, it failed to keep its promise, according to new research based on satellite data. → Read More

New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some

A report in the medical journal The Lancet recommends cutting food waste and consumption of red meat, especially among people who eat a lot of it. → Read More

Global Warming Is Helping to Wipe Out Coffee in the Wild

Researchers found that more than half of all species could vanish from the wild, and the implications for coffee’s survival in the era of climate change are huge. → Read More

The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.

The world is not on track to meet its goals under the Paris climate agreement, even as warnings grow more dire. How did we get to this point? → Read More

Study Warns of Cascading Health Risks From the Changing Climate

Global warming is posing immediate health hazards around the world and in the United States, from kidney disease to dengue fever, two new studies say. → Read More

U.N. Environment Envoy Quits After Audit of Expenses

Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Program, was found to have spent nearly $500,000 on travel in 22 months. → Read More

What’s at Stake in Brazil’s Election? The Future of the Amazon

The next president of Brazil may shape the destiny of the Amazon, which is vital to reining in climate change. The stakes for the planet are huge. → Read More

Jerry Brown Made Climate Change His Issue. Now, He’s Not Sure How Much Politicians Can Do.

The California governor, set to retire in January, made global warming a signature cause. His appraisal: “I don’t know if I’m an optimist. I’m a realist.” → Read More

Protesters Have Their Day at California Climate Talks

Gov. Jerry Brown spearheaded the conference, but the demonstrators outside called on him to stop oil drilling in the state. → Read More

U.N. Chief Warns of a Dangerous Tipping Point on Climate Change

Calling climate change the defining issue of our time, António Guterres said “the time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands.” → Read More