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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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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What Vaccine Apartheid Portends for the Climate Future

Gestures of good will and concern from developed countries can hide nationalism so pointed that it amounts to something like sadism.

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Farhana Yamin’s Journey From Climate Summits to Street Protests

After a high-profile career as an international lawyer and negotiator, Farhana Yamin decided “we cannot rely on lawyers and diplomats alone.”

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U.N. Chief Warns of ‘Catastrophe’ With Continued Use of Fossil Fuels

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said instead of replacing Russian oil, gas and coal, nations must pivot to clean energy.

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John Kerry, U.S. Climate Envoy, Tells Top Polluters ‘We Must All Move Faster’

The United States hosted a virtual meeting of big polluting countries on Thursday as nations struggle to meet their climate change goals.

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Jonathan Pershing to Leave Job as Climate Diplomat

Jonathan Pershing, a veteran diplomat, worked to reassert the U.S. role in global negotiations. He said he was optimistic that the world will avert climate catastrophe.

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Harnessing an Unusual Kind of Natural Energy: Dancers’ Body Heat

The power of dance? It’s literal at a Glasgow arts center that is installing a geothermal heating and cooling system that runs on heat from dancing bodies.

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Why Times Opinion Is Sounding the Climate Change Alarm

The climate crisis is now.

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Britain Enlists Banks to Fight Climate Change

The financial industry will be relied on to meet climate goals. NatWest, a lender to oil giants, provides a template.

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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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Bankers Took Over the Climate Change Summit. That’s Bad For Democracy.

Environmentalists are skeptical. They should be.

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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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Amazon Deforestation Soars to 15-Year High

Brazil committed this month to end illegal deforestation in eight years, but a government report raises questions about its intent and ability to meet that target.

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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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Calls for Climate Reparations Reach Boiling Point in Glasgow Talks

For decades, vulnerable countries and activist groups have demanded that rich polluter countries pay for irreparable damage from climate change. This year, there may be a breakthrough.

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Outside COP26, Trash in Glasgow Piles High

At COP26, delegates address the need to curb emissions and mass consumption to save the planet while the reality of today’s throwaway society is all too apparent nearby.

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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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Boris Johnson Handles Scandal Amid Climate Conference

As the host leader of the U.N. conference on global warming, Mr. Johnson was hoping to project statesmanship. But a mushrooming ethics scandal dominated the week, overshadowing his climate ambitions.

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The Climate Summit Has Me Very Energized, and Very Afraid

Much of the world wouldn’t make sacrifices to fight Covid, so why think it will to stop climate change?

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in Glasgow, Says She Will ‘Push’ on Climate Change

The New York Democrat arrived Tuesday in Glasgow with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to appear at the COP26 climate talks.

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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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Barack Obama Returns to COP26 With a Call for Activism

The American leader who helped seal the Paris climate accord arrived at COP26 in Glasgow to cheers from delegates and pushback from some activists.

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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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With COP26, China’s Climate Policy Merits a Closer Look

President Biden was among those expressing disappointment over China’s lack of commitment to climate change.

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COP26 Protesters Back an Array of Causes, Connected by Climate Change

Thousands gathered in the rain in Glasgow to press the case for more urgent and meaningful action by world leaders in response to global warming.

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Young Women Are Leading Climate Protests. Guess Who Runs Global Talks?

There’s a clear gender and generation gap at the Glasgow talks, and the two sides have very different views on how to address global warming.

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Decision Makers and Activists at Climate Summit Perceive ‘Urgent’ Differently

At the Glasgow climate talks, the world leaders are mostly men over 60. The protesters outside were led by mostly young women.

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At COP26, Youth Want Action, Accountability as Protesters Rally

For many, the climate conference has inspired mixed emotions: concern that their voices were not really being listened to, but also hope that their presence would help drive change.

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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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Greta Thunberg, at COP26, Says Talks Are Becoming a ‘Greenwash Campaign’

Ms. Thunberg and other activists also spoke about the critical role that young women have played in pressuring world leaders to take action on climate change.

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COP26 Climate Summit: What Happened During the First Days

The world leaders have left Glasgow. Now negotiators must hunker down to turn pledges into reality.

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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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With Methane and Forest Deals, Climate Summit Offers Hope After Gloomy Start

Agreements to reduce methane gas emissions and protect the world’s forests were reached Tuesday at the U.N.-sponsored meeting, as President Biden chided the leaders of Russia and China for not showing up.

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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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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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Corporate Climate Pledges Often Ignore a Key Component: Supply Chains

Many companies do not account for the emissions from their supply chains, which can be a significant majority of their contributions to greenhouse gases.

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Global Leaders Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030

Brazil, China and the United States are among the signatories to a declaration that seeks to preserve critical forests that can absorb carbon dioxide and slow the rise in global warming.

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At COP26 Summit, Urgent Pleas to Combat Global Warning

The opening day of a climate summit was heavy on dire warnings and light on substantive proposals as leaders in Glasgow met to discuss a warming world.

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Even as Biden Pushes Clean Energy, He Seeks More Oil Production

President Biden acknowledged “it seems like an irony” that he is asking energy-rich nations to boost oil production as he implores the world to tackle climate change.

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Amid Climate Talks, an Actor’s Call to Action Unfolds Onstage

A filmed version of Fehinti Balogun’s play about his awakening to climate issues is being shown at the COP26 summit. He is among the theater artists trying to make a difference through their work.

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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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Once a Leading Polluter, the U.K. Is Now Trying to Lead on Climate Change

On the eve of a global climate summit, Britain’s evolution from fossil fuels to clean energy is on display. But experts question whether its commitment is sufficient, and whether it can persuade other nations to meet meaningful goals.

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Struggling at Home, Biden Is Buoyed by G20 Trip Abroad

A trip to Rome invigorated a president whose poll numbers are slumping at home, but who projected confidence in his foreign and domestic agenda.

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At Climate Talks, Biden Will Try to Sell American Leadership to Skeptics

The president wants to assure Glasgow’s climate summit that the U.S. is serious about climate change. But he lacks a legislative win at home.

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Will the Glasgow Climate Summit Be the Breakthrough We Need?

Time is running down rapidly for the nations of the world to get control of their emissions. 

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The COP26 Climate Talks Are Opening. Here’s What to Expect.

Some fundamental differences, including over money, divide the leaders heading to Glasgow. The outcome will determine, to a large extent, how humanity will survive on a hotter planet.

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