Tag: Global Warming

Biden to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline in Inauguration Day Executive Order

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on his first day in office, quickly reversing his predecessor’s approval of a project to move oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico long opposed by environmentalists, according to a person familiar with Mr. Biden’s plans. Opponents of […]

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Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

As a politician with his eye on the midterm congressional elections, “Biden will focus like a laser in his first year on the pandemic, on reopening the economy, on unemployment, on infrastructure, on health care, on an economic stimulus,” Mr. Kupchan said. “There will be much less time, energy and money for foreign policy.” Sophia […]

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Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble.

“It’s a chicken-or-egg problem,” said Nan Ransohoff, head of climate at Stripe, an online payments company based in San Francisco. “The best way to bring down the cost is to start deploying these technologies at scale. But until there are actual customers, no one’s going to build them.” To help break the impasse, Stripe announced […]

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The Sunday Read: ‘Fighting Climate Change, Whatever It Takes’

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Survey Finds Majority of Voters Support Initiatives to Fight Climate Change

A majority of registered voters of both parties in the United States support initiatives to fight climate change, including many that are outlined in the climate plans announced by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted after the presidential election, suggests that a majority of Americans in […]

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Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations

Toyota Motor is set to pay a $180 million fine for longstanding violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced on Thursday, the largest civil penalty ever levied for a breach of federal emissions-reporting requirements. From about 2005 to 2015, the global automaker systematically failed to report defects that interfered […]

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Right to Repair: Saves Consumers Money, Promotes Local Jobs Rather than Global Supply Chains

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The pandemic has caused people to spend more time in their homes, inflicting greater wear and tear on their electronics and other household appliances. In previous right to repair posts, I’ve stressed […]

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Drought-Stricken Colorado River Basin Could See Additional 20% Drop in Water Flow by 2050

Yves here. In parts of the West, water rights have long been hotly contested. Potable water is the natural resource that is projected to come into serious shortage first. That makes management of resources like the Colorado River of critical importance, yet the bodies responsible for its stewardship are late to come to grips with […]

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Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

Conservationists said that assertion was unsupported by the agency’s own evidence. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that the northern spotted owl should actually be reclassified, as endangered rather than threatened, but the agency said it would not take steps to do so because it had “higher priority actions.” Now the administration is […]

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A Late Burst of Climate Denial Extends the Era of Trump Disinformation

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s Twitter megaphone may be silenced, but his administration’s disinformation flows on. David Legates, a climate denialist installed last year by the Trump administration to oversee scientific work on climate change, has posted a series of debunked reports that appear to claim to represent research on global warming produced for the United […]

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Covid Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020

WASHINGTON — America’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry plummeted more than 10 percent in 2020, reaching their lowest levels in at least three decades as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on the nation’s economy, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the Rhodium Group. The steep drop, however, was the result of […]

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‘Transparency’ and the New EPA Pollution Rule: Ripe for CRA Overturn by the New Congress

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Second only to its record on seating federal judges,  one of the greatest services the Trump administration has rendered to its corporate clientele, is in gutting and rolling back Environemental Protection Agency […]

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2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows

Last year effectively tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, European climate researchers announced Friday, as global temperatures continued their relentless rise brought on by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The record warmth — which fueled deadly heat waves, droughts, intense wildfires and other environmental disasters around the world in 2020 — occurred […]

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2020 is Tied With 2016 as Hottest Year Ever on Record

Last year effectively tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, European climate researchers announced Friday, as global temperatures continued their relentless rise brought on by the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The record warmth — which fueled deadly heat waves, droughts, intense wildfires and other environmental disasters around the world in 2020 — occurred […]

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Capitol Rioters Walked Away. Climate Protesters Saw a Double Standard.

The relatively small number of arrests after a mob stormed the Capitol left many environmental activists shaken on Thursday — and wanting answers. Why did so many people who brought destruction into the home of American democracy simply walk away after doing so much damage, not just to a building but to the nation’s sense […]

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U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters across the United States caused $95 billion in damage last year, according to new data, almost double the amount in 2019 and the third-highest losses since 2010. The new figures, reported Thursday morning by Munich Re, a company that provides insurance to other insurance companies, are the latest […]

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Coming Attraction: IPCC’s Upcoming Major Climate Assessment

Yves here. “Attraction” isn’t exactly the word I’d use for the IPPC climate reports due out in 2021 and 2022, unless you are the sort that enjoys renderings of a freight train bearing down on you. However, for climate change activists, the IPPC studies are critical rallying points, both for reinforcing the urgency of taking […]

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Early Biden Climate Test: Groups Demand Tougher Rules on Building

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has promised to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. A new demand for tougher building standards could test that commitment. On Wednesday, two influential organizations that advocate for stronger measures to withstand natural disasters, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Association of State Floodplain […]

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Hank Paulson to Run Climate-Focused Fund at TPG

This past fall, Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former Treasury secretary, got a call from Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono. The musician-activist-investor had an idea and “an ask”: Bono, who helped found TPG’s $5 billion Rise funds focused on “impact investing,” told Mr. Paulson that the investment firm wanted to create an even […]

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Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth

Linda Zall played a starring role in American science that led to decades of major advances. But she never described her breakthroughs on television, or had books written about her, or received high scientific honors. One database of scientific publications lists her contributions as consisting of just three papers, with a conspicuous gap running from […]

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A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy

WASHINGTON — Nearly a quarter century ago, a team of tobacco industry consultants outlined a plan to create “explicit procedural hurdles” for the Environmental Protection Agency to clear before it could use science to address the health impacts of smoking. President Trump’s E.P.A. embedded parts of that strategy into federal environmental policy on Monday when […]

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Home Solar Is Growing, but Big Installers Are Still Losing Money

The home solar business is growing fast as thousands of homeowners install panels on their roofs to save money. Yet the biggest companies that install and finance home solar systems are reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Those losses are an ominous reminder of how hard it can be to make money in […]

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How Trump Tried, but Largely Failed, to Derail America’s Top Climate Report

The National Climate Assessment, America’s premier contribution to climate knowledge, stands out for many reasons: Hundreds of scientists across the federal government and academia join forces to compile the best insights available on climate change. The results, released just twice a decade or so, shape years of government decisions. Now, as the clock runs down […]

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The Climate Desk Looks Ahead to 2021

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Just how tumultuous was 2020 on the climate front? It was a year in which wetlands burned. And beyond the fires that razed South America, Australia and the American West, communities around the world were […]

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Sale of Arctic Drilling Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.

After a three-year push by the Trump administration to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling — an effort that culminated in a rush to sell leases before the White House changes hands — in the end the only taker may be the state of Alaska itself. With a Thursday deadline […]

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Joe Biden’s Climate Team Actually Cares About Climate

The people Mr. Biden has named to key posts in the various federal agencies are no less committed, including an economic team led by Brian Deese, who quarterbacked Mr. Obama’s climate program. Jennifer Granholm, a two-term Michigan governor and a champion of renewable energy, was selected to run the Energy Department, which is entrusted with […]

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