With Climate Agenda Stalled at Home, Biden Still Hopes to Lead Abroad

The United States has demonstrated international leadership on climate change in the past, but recent setbacks are presenting new challenges for President Biden.

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As Federal Climate-Fighting Tools Are Taken Away, Cities and States Step Up

Across the country, local governments are accelerating their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in some cases bridging partisan divides. Their role will become increasingly important.

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We’ve Traded Climate Denial for Climate Hypocrisy

Today the rhetorical war has largely been won, but the outlook grows a lot more confusing when everyone agrees to agree.

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Can Natural Gas Be Used to Create Power With Fewer Emissions?

One company says it has the technology. And though investors looking for cleaner power generation are lining up, some environmentalists are skeptical.

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Climate Groups Use Endangered Species Act to Try to Stop Drilling

Environmentalists say the government failed to study the threats to endangered species from climate change before issuing oil and gas drilling permits.

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Climate Change Needs Durable Solutions. Tree Planting Isn’t One.

Carbon emissions are forever so carbon removal should be, too.

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Highest in Human History

Humans pumped 36 billion tons of the planet-warming gas into the atmosphere in 2021, more than in any previous year. It comes from burning oil, gas and coal.

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Can we cut the US’s carbon emissions in half this decade?

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’’About a year ago, President Joe Biden set an ambitious climate target: The US should cut its greenhouse gas emissions roughly in half by 2030. That’s consistent with what we’d need to do to reach some of the goals of the Paris Agreement, but it provides very little time to get our emissions under control.

That raises some obvious questions. Is it even possible? If so, how? To find out, a group of energy experts used six different models of the US energy economy, tasking each with reaching a state where emissions are consistent with our goals. The good news is that all the models provide routes to getting there. While the exact details vary from model to model, their common features strongly hint at where our focus needs to be.

Route finding

Greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from energy use, both for generating electricity and powering transportation. Industrial processes can also release either carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses, some of which have an even higher warming potential. It’s possible to track the costs and benefits of altering the weight of each of these sources. In some cases, it can involve switching an industrial process to alternate materials or from fossil fuels to a renewable source. Alternately, it could include offsetting continued emissions through things like carbon capture or reforestation.

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Corporations Pledge to Buy ‘Green’ at Davos Gathering

A global buyers’ club of more than 50 companies, including Microsoft and Ford Motor, say they will buy “green” steel, aluminum and other commodities by 2030.

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Europe Rethinks Its Reliance on Burning Wood for Electricity

A new proposal would significantly rewrite E.U. rules on renewable energy, ending subsidies for biomass like wood pellets.

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Climate Change Threatens California’s Vital Kelp Forests

These kelp forests sequester more carbon dioxide than the state’s redwood groves.

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Donors Pledge $41 Million to Monitor Thawing Arctic Permafrost

The six-year effort by climate scientists and policy experts aims to fill gaps in knowledge about planet-warming emissions and help affected communities in Alaska.

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Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns

A major new scientific report offers a road map for how countries can limit global warming, but warns that the margin for error is vanishingly small.

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5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Limiting Global Warming

Current pledges to cut emissions, even if nations follow through on them, won’t stop temperatures from rising to risky new levels.

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‘OK Doomer’ and the Climate Advocates Who Say It’s Not Too Late

A growing chorus of young people is focusing on climate solutions. “‘It’s too late’ means ‘I don’t have to do anything, and the responsibility is off me.’”

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There’s a Messaging Battle Right Now Over America’s Energy Future

Climate scientists and fossil fuel executives use the same terms when they talk about an energy transition. But they mean starkly different things.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Defies Biden’s Clean Energy Goals

President Biden wants electricity generated from wind, solar and other clean sources. The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to invest in fossil fuels instead.

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Tree Planting Is Booming. Here’s How That Could Help, or Harm, the Planet.

Reforestation can fight climate change, uplift communities and restore biodiversity. When done badly, though, it can speed extinctions and make nature less resilient.

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As War Rages, A Struggle to Balance Energy Crunch and Climate Crisis

Rising oil prices and increased demand for expanded production come at a time when scientists say nations must sharply cut the use of fossil fuels.

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Biden Administration Halts New Drilling in Legal Fight Over Climate Costs

The Justice Department is pausing new federal oil and gas leases and permits after a judge blocked the government from weighing the cost of climate damage in decisions.

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Seen From Space: Huge Methane Leaks

A European satellite reveals sites in the United States, Russia, Central Asia and elsewhere that are “ultra emitters” of methane. That could help fight climate change.

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Dissolving in Toxic Oceans: How an Ancient Extinction Happened

Scientists say rocks on the English coast contain clues of the processes that drove the end-Triassic event that killed as much as a quarter of all life on Earth.

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Can Anyone Satisfy Amazon’s Craving for Electric Vans?

The company has big plans to turn its delivery fleet green. But very few of the vehicles are made right now.

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2021 Was Earth’s Fifth-Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The finding, by European researchers, fits a clear warming trend: The seven hottest years on record have been the past seven.

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E.P.A. Announces Tighter Auto Pollution Rules

Under the new plan, designed to reduce planet-warming tailpipe emissions, new vehicles would be required to average 55 miles per gallon starting in 2026.

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Turning Air Into Perfume

Air Eau de Parfum smells like fig leaf, orange peel and jasmine. It comes from carbon emissions.

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Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050

The federal government would stop buying gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and its buildings would be powered by wind, solar or other carbon-free electricity by 2050.

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Climate Change Is Thawing Arctic Alaska

The landscape resembles frozen spinach left out on the kitchen counter too long.

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Bearing Witness to Svalbard’s Fragile Splendor

To visitors, the Norwegian archipelago can seem both ethereal and eternal. But climate change all but guarantees an eventual collapse of its vulnerable ecosystem.

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This Fire-Loving Fungus Eats Charcoal, if It Must

Some fungi sprout in fiery shades of orange and pink after wildfires, feasting on what was left behind by the burn.

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What Your Flight History Reveals About Your Carbon Footprint

Google Flights now shows your carbon footprint. Will it change the way you buy plane tickets? 

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How Roundabouts Help Lower Carbon Emissions

An Indiana city has the most roundabouts in the country. They’ve saved lives and reduced injuries from crashes — and lowered carbon emissions.

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House Passes the Largest Expenditure on Climate in U.S. History

The $555 billion package is designed to lure the country away from fossil fuels. It faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

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Climate Promises Made in Glasgow Now Rest With a Handful of Powerful Leaders

In Washington, Beijing, New Delhi and beyond, governments face conflicting forces — political, social and economic — that will shape their next steps in the effort to avert a climate crisis.

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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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Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

Some activists called the agreement in Glasgow disappointing, but it establishes a clear consensus that all countries need to do much more.

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Glasgow Climate Talks Are Down to the Wire on Money, Ambition and Fossil Fuels

At COP26, negotiators from about 200 countries worked overnight, hashing out differences in the quest for a new global climate agreement

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China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

As nearly 200 nations struggle over global climate negotiations, the world’s two biggest polluters sign an agreement that is short on details..

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The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

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More Than 40 Nations Pledge to Cut Emissions From Their Health Industries

The plans, while short on specifics, represent a notable step toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions from hospitals and the health care industry, a sizable emitter globally.

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Can Glasgow Deliver on a Global Climate Deal?

Negotiators from about 200 countries are entering Week 2 of climate talks trying to resolve big issues around money, transparency and timelines.

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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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Over 40 Countries Pledge to End Use of Coal Power at COP26

The United States did not agree to stop coal development at home but promised to halt overseas funding of oil, gas and coal.

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Satellites Could Help Track if Nations Keep Their Carbon Pledges

Scientists used satellite measurements of carbon dioxide to detect small atmospheric reductions over areas under coronavirus lockdowns. The approach could help track emissions more quickly in the future.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rebounded Sharply After Pandemic Dip

Global emissions are now less than 1 percent below their previous high in 2019, suggesting that any climate impact from the pandemic was fleeting.

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European Steel Plan Shows Biden’s Bid to Merge Climate and Trade Policy

A potential agreement on steel trade provides the clearest look yet at how the Biden administration plans to implement a trade policy that is both protectionist and progressive

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3 Big Questions Looming Over the Glasgow Climate Talks

The biggest one: How many more degrees?

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The Glasgow Deforestation Pledge Isn’t Enough to Save Our Forests

World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.

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Would Russia or China Help Us if We Were Invaded by Space Aliens?

We now face a similar, world-stressing threat from a much more familiar and once seemingly benign force: our climate.

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Is Carbon Capture Here?

A Swiss company is operating a device in Iceland that sucks CO2 from the air and shoots it into the ground, where it turns into rock.

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