Tag: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

To Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast, Build a Mini Mississippi Near Boston

HOLDEN, Mass. — We were standing on the levee of the Mississippi River, about an hour west of Boston. Of course, the actual Mississippi River is a half-continent away. We were in fact in a vast, warehouse-size laboratory above a scale model of a bend in the river in Louisiana, painstakingly recreated at 1/65th scale, […]

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Oregon Republicans Disappear for Another Climate Vote

SEATTLE — Less than a year after Oregon’s Senate Republicans fled the state with passports in hand and hid out in Idaho cabins to avoid voting on a climate change bill, they have disappeared again. With Democrats seeking to advance a new proposal to cap the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, most Republicans refused to attend […]

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Canada Oil-Sands Plan Collapses Over Politics and Economics

A major effort to expand development of Canada’s oil sands has collapsed shortly before a deadline for government approval, undone by investor concerns over oil’s future and the political fault lines between economic and environmental priorities. Nine years in the planning, the project would have increased Canada’s oil production by roughly 5 percent. But it […]

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Finance Ministers Grapple Over Economic Threat of Climate Change

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The United States, under pressure from European countries to address the economic threat of climate change, agreed on Sunday to include a reference to those risks in a joint statement at the conclusion of a meeting of the world’s top economic leaders. The inclusion of the term “climate change” in a […]

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Warmest January Ever Puts 2020 on Track to Be One of Top 10 Hottest Years

It may only be February, but 2020 is already “virtually certain” to be among the 10 warmest years on record, and has nearly a 50 percent chance of being the warmest ever, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. The predictions follow a January that was the warmest ever in 141 years […]

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Fossil Fuels Are to Blame for Soaring Methane Levels, Study Shows

Oil and gas production may be responsible for a far larger share of the soaring levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, in the earth’s atmosphere, new research has found. The findings, published in the journal Nature, add urgency of efforts to rein in methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry, which routinely leaks or […]

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Plant-Based Meat Has Roots in the 1970s

Even as Americans mass in cities and their suburbs, the range-roaming cowboy has endured as a national symbol, along with the cholesterol-laden diet he represents: heavy on steaks, hamburgers, sausages and the like. What if that iconic image were replaced someday by, say, a technician in a lab coat producing a facsimile of a traditional […]

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Taming the ‘Wild West’ of New York’s Dangerous Private Trash Trucks

Department of Sanitation trucks collect New Yorkers’ residential trash and recycling, each one covering a compact route. But picking up garbage from businesses is a more chaotic and dangerous process, one that New York City is trying to change. Each business, whether a bodega or an office tower, hires one of dozens of private hauling […]

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Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End

WASHINGTON — Last April, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, proclaimed at an auto show here that he would soon roll back President Barack Obama’s stringent fuel efficiency standards. That, the administration contends, would unleash the muscle of the American auto industry. It would also virtually wipe away the government’s biggest effort […]

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BP Pledges to Cut Emissions to Zero but Offers Few Details

The British oil giant BP set the most ambitious climate change goal of any major oil company on Wednesday, saying that it aimed to eliminate or offset by 2050 all of the planet-warming emissions from its operations — as well as the emissions caused by the burning of the oil and gas it pumps out […]

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Figuring Out Fashion Week’s Carbon Problem

LONDON — Last season, a hot new trend emerged during fashion month. Gabriela Hearst, Burberry and then Gucci all staged “carbon neutral” runway shows. Then Kering, the owner of Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta, among other big-name brands, announced that its entire group would offset 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide in a bid […]

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Calculating Air Pollution’s Death Toll, Across State Lines

Here’s further proof that air pollution ignores borders: In most states, about half of the premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollutants that blow in from other states, a new study found. The study= investigated the sources and effects of two major pollutants that harm humans, ozone and fine airborne particles, […]

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Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel

Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves. In December, the insurance giant The Hartford said it would stop insuring or investing in oil production in the province, just […]

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How a Trillion Trees Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

WASHINGTON — People warned Marc Benioff, the billionaire chief executive of Salesforce, not to bother talking to the White House about global warming. But Mr. Benioff, a tech mogul and environmental philanthropist, felt sure he had found a climate change solution that even President Trump could love: Planting trees. Never mind that the idea came […]

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Planting Trees Won’t Save the World

One trillion trees. At the World Economic Forum last month, President Trump drew applause when he announced the United States would join the forum’s initiative to plant one trillion trees to fight climate change. More applause for the decision followed at his State of the Union speech. The trillion-tree idea won wide attention last summer […]

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A Rare Trump-Era Climate Policy Hits an Obstacle: The Tax Man

WASHINGTON — A rare policy enacted under President Trump to address climate change has run into an unexpected hurdle: the tax man. In 2018, Congress approved a lucrative tax break for companies that use carbon capture technology to trap carbon dioxide produced by industrial sites before the gas escapes into the atmosphere and heats the planet. […]

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What’s Better Than Planting a Trillion Trees?

NASHVILLE — After what seemed like 100 years of impeachments hearings, anything uttered on Capitol Hill now sounds to my ear like the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher. Nevertheless, a few words from President Trump’s State of the Union address managed to break through the wah-wahs last week: “To protect the environment, days ago, I […]

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Antarctica Sets Record High Temperature: 64.9 Degrees

Antarctica, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth, set a record high temperature on Thursday, underscoring the global warming trend, researchers said. Esperanza, Argentina’s research station on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, reached 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 18.2 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 63.5 degrees set on March 24, 2015, […]

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Antitrust Inquiry Dropped Against Automakers That Sided With California on Fuel Economy

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has dropped its antitrust inquiry into four automakers that had sided with California in its dispute with the Trump administration over reducing climate-warming vehicle pollution, deciding that the companies had violated no laws, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation, launched last September, had escalated a dispute over […]

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‘All-Electric’ Movement Picks Up Speed, Catching Some Off Guard

When Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the country to ban natural gas hookups in new construction last July, no one knew the effects would ripple out so far and so fast. The Berkeley ban was part of an effort to wean developers off buildings that consume fossil fuels, a cause of global warming, […]

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Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy. It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Ease Rules Against Killing Birds

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will move as early as Thursday to weaken a century-old law protecting migratory birds by dropping the threat of punishment to oil and gas companies, construction crews and other organizations that kill birds “incidentally” in the course of their operations. The proposed regulation, if finalized, would cement a legal opinion […]

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