Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate

The Senate bill avoided the political pitfalls of past legislative attempts by offering only incentives to cut climate pollution, not taxes.

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Climate Politics Are Worse Than You Think

If only it were just about money.

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Another Step Toward Climate Apocalypse

The Supreme Court does its bit to make the earth unlivable.

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Spot the greenwashing

Corporate climate pledges are everywhere. Some are solid, others definitely are not.

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Unvaccinated, and Hospitalized With Covid

Readers discuss the strain Covid puts on hospitals. Also: Calling for a carbon tax; how overturning Roe could backfire; writing “real” letters.

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Europe Met a Climate Target. But Is It Burning Less Carbon?

The European Union promised to reduce its emissions 20 percent by 2020. Did it happen?

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6 Takeaways From COP26, the U.N. Climate Summit

After running a day past its scheduled end date, COP26 ended with a signed agreement, though many called it disappointing.

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Energy Department Aims to Slash Cost of Removing Carbon From the Air

Scientists say carbon removal may be needed to avert the worst effects of climate change. But it still needs to be much cheaper and more reliable.

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Once a Climate Leader, Brazil Falls Short in Glasgow

The country’s proposals show a desire to burnish its image, but President Jair Bolsonaro’s record and his absence from the summit cast doubt on its commitment to reversing course.

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‘History Will Not Be Kind to Senator Joe Manchin’

Readers criticize Mr. Manchin as someone putting his interests ahead of the country’s. Also: Racial equity in child care; a civil conversation; social media.

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Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

Faced with the likely demise of a central pillar of President Biden’s agenda, the White House and outraged lawmakers are scrambling to find alternatives.

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China Tells Kerry Strained Ties Could Sink Climate Cooperation

John Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, is in China this week pushing leaders to aggressively cut greenhouse gases. But the worsening U.S.-China relationship is taking center stage.

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Worrying About Your Carbon Footprint Is Exactly What Big Oil Wants You to Do

The only way to really address the climate crisis is through politics, policymakers and legislation.

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Europe Rolls Out Ambitious Climate Change Plan, but Obstacles Loom

The proposal would impose tariffs on some imports from countries with looser environmental rules. It would also mean the end of sales in the European Union of new gas- and diesel-powered cars in just 14 years.

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How to Clean Up Steel? Bacteria, Hydrogen and a Lot of Cash.

With climate concerns growing, steel companies face an inevitable crunch. ArcelorMittal sees solutions, but the costs are likely to run into tens of billions of dollars in Europe alone.

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BlackRock’s Larry Fink Sets a Bolder Climate Goal in Annual Letter

Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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A Plan by Eastern States to Cap Tailpipe Emissions Gets Off to a Slow Start

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., all announced they would join a cap-and-trade program for cars and trucks. But many bigger states have yet to join.

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Good News for Salmon, Bad News for Prospectors

Denying a permit for the Pebble Mine in Alaska is a commendable move, finally, by the Trump administration.

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After Years of Political Gridlock, Oregon’s Fire Disaster Brings ‘New Reality’

Early this year, lawmakers considered legislation to thin forests, hire firefighters and increase building standards to prepare for wildfires. But a dispute over how to address climate change doomed the proposals.

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Are We Overreacting on Climate Change?

In “False Alarm,” Bjorn Lomborg argues that the global attention on fighting climate change has been misplaced, and taken resources away from more pressing problems.

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