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:

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

Young People Take to Streets in Global Climate Protest

Anxious about their future and angry about the failure to curb the crisis, thousands joined an urgent call for action against climate change. → Read More

Greta Thunberg, on Tour in America, Offers an Unvarnished View

With her typically blunt, often biting remarks, the Swedish teenager has offered Americans an outsider’s view of themselves. → Read More

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