How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #carbon-dioxide, #conservation-of-resources, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #water-pollution

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Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.

Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.

#floods, #florida-keys, #gentrification, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #miami-dade-county-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos

New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #guterres-antonio, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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The Case for, and Against, Climate Optimism

Will the crisis in Texas become the new normal? David Wallace-Wells and Leah Stokes discuss.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #leah-stokes, #texas, #wallace-wells-david

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How We Can Better Predict Weather Catastrophes

We need to develop an early warning system to forecast climate-induced extreme weather events.

#arctic-regions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #earth, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #siberia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #weather

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How We Can Better Predict Weather Catastrophes

We need to develop an early warning system to forecast climate-induced extreme weather events.

#arctic-regions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #earth, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #siberia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #weather

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Texas Is a Rich State in a Rich Country, and Look What Happened

We don’t realize how fragile the basic infrastructure of our civilization is.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #el-akkad-omar, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #perry-rick, #pielke-roger-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #interior-department, #language-and-languages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can You Believe This Is Happening in America?

We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #global-warming, #mars-planet, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wind-power

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Deb Haaland, Biden’s Pick for Interior Dept., Embodies Partisan Chasm

President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. No other cabinet nominee has divided the two main parties as sharply as she has.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

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Lessons on Resilience From Dogs and Dog Sledders

The adventurer Blair Braverman has led a team of sled dogs over a 900-mile race in Alaska, seen her skin dissolve in the desert and overcome Covid-19. What makes it all less terrifying? Accepting the unknown.

#alaska, #athletics-and-sports, #braverman-blair, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dog-sledding, #global-warming, #iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race-alaska, #mushing

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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The Lessons of the Texas Power Disaster

The entire nation’s energy delivery system needs an overhaul.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #solar-energy, #texas, #wind-power

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No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #conservatism-us-politics, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard

As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages, experts say.

#electric-light-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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The Daily: Climate Change and the Texas Blackouts

One of the worst winter storms in years has plunged large parts of the United States into a deadly energy crisis. It may be a glimpse of America’s future.

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #infrastructure-public-works, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas

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A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. But how much can it really help the fight against climate change?

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #sustainable-living, #texas

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A Glimpse of the Future in Texas: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

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Innovation, Not Trees. How Bill Gates Plans to Save the Planet.

He has billions to donate for crises from coronavirus to climate change, and more hope now that Trump is out of office.

#gates-bill, #global-warming, #musk-elon

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How Pandemic Lunches Gave Me Hope for the Planet

My daughter’s lockdown achievement is that she does not let food go to waste. It’s reminded me that humans don’t have to leave a mass of trash in their wake.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,’ by Bill Gates

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #books-and-literature, #gates-bill, #global-warming, #how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-the-solutions-we-have-and-the-breakthroughs-we-need-book, #microsoft-corp, #solar-energy

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Warming and Warnings From the High Himalayas

The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #monsoons, #research, #south-asia

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Thieves Nationwide Are Slithering Under Cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters

The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.

#automobiles, #crime-and-criminals, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #robberies-and-thefts

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Should We Dim the Sun? Will We Even Have a Choice?

Elizabeth Kolbert and Ezra Klein discuss what options remain if our political system can’t handle the climate crisis.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geoengineering, #global-warming, #kolbert-elizabeth, #sun

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Mountains, Ice and Climate Change: A Recipe for Disasters

Shrinking and thinning of glaciers is one of the most documented signs of global warming caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases.

#environment, #floods, #glaciers, #global-warming, #himalayas, #landslides-and-mudslides

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Climate Change Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S., Study Shows

New research suggests that climate change is responsible for longer pollen seasons in the United States and more pollen in the air, as well.

#allergies, #global-warming, #pollen

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pnas-journal, #research, #wildfires

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Before Himalayan Flood, India Ignored Warnings of Development Risks

Long before a deadly flood hit two hydroelectric dams, scientists warned repeatedly that such projects were dangerous in a fragile region made more so by global warming.

#avalanches, #floods, #glaciers, #global-warming, #himalayas, #hydroelectric-power, #india, #landslides-and-mudslides, #uttarakhand-india

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Coal-Fired Power Took a Beating During the Pandemic, Study Finds

A broad move away from coal power was an important factor in pushing down global greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said, and could help accelerate a shift toward renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #edenhofer-ottmar, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #potsdam-institute-for-climate-impact-research, #research

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The Task Ahead for Biden on Climate

The new president has shown a welcome interest in combating climate change. But more will need to be done.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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This Climate Deal Is Good for Earth and the Economy

More than 100 nations have approved an accord phasing down a planet-warming coolant. The U.S. isn’t among them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrofluorocarbons, #international-trade-and-world-market, #obama-barack, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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Future of Pacific Islands Forum Is in Doubt After Palau’s Exit

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute.

#cook-islands, #elections, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #global-warming, #international-relations, #pacific-islands-forum, #palau

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Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It

Distress over global warming is increasing, but formal and informal support networks are springing up, too.

#anxiety-and-stress, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mental-health-and-disorders, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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Jim Justice, a G.O.P. Governor, on Why Biden Needs to ‘Go Big’ on Covid Aid

The governor of West Virginia, who supported a bigger relief bill than Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, initially did, spoke with us about government spending, Covid-19 vaccinations and climate policy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #justice-james-c-ii, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-virginia

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Rebuild or Leave ‘Paradise’: Climate Change Dilemma Facing a Nicaraguan Coastal Town

Two major November hurricanes slammed into the same part of Nicaraguan coast, laying waste to the Miskito village of Haulover. Faced with a future of intensifying storms, the residents must now consider whether to abandon their way of life by the ocean and move inland.

#global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #migrants-environmental, #oceans-and-seas

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Nature Doesn’t Get a Paycheck. Now, There’s a Movement to Change That.

Ignoring the value of nature threatens humanity itself, according to a new British report on biodiversity and economics.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #dasgupta-partha, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #global-warming, #great-britain

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Automakers Drop Efforts to Derail California Climate Rules

Momentum is shifting toward a clean-car future as more automakers end their legal efforts to block California’s tough fuel economy standards.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Cities Are Vastly Undercounting Emissions, Researchers Find

Inconsistent and flawed data is undercutting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from American cities, according to a new study.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gurney-kevin-r, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #urban-areas

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A Consensus Builder for E.P.A. When Some Want a Fighter

President Biden’s pick to lead the E.P.A. knows how to reach out to Republicans, but in a polarized Washington, some worry he doesn’t know how to fight them.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regan-michael-s-1976, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Daily: Joe Biden’s Climate Plan

The president has signed several executive orders for environmental policies since taking office. But the real work of reducing America’s emissions has just begun.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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G.M. and the Electric-Car Comeback

The end of the gasoline-powered car will transform the economy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #barra-mary-t, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states

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Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid

The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricane-maria-2017, #puerto-rico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Climate Change May Affect Your Health

No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #center-for-environmental-health, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-service, #global-warming, #pollution, #respiratory-diseases, #water-pollution, #wildfires

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Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Forecast: Wild Weather in a Warming World

The polar vortex is experiencing an unusually long disturbance this year because of a “sudden stratospheric warming.” Bundle up.

#global-warming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

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