Tag: Carbon Dioxide

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Andrew Wheeler to Head the E.P.A.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday said he intends to nominate Andrew R. Wheeler to be the permanent administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. has been at the center of Mr. Trump’s deregulatory […]

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Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When people think of potential solutions to global warming, they tend to visualize technologies like solar panels or electric cars. A new study published on Wednesday, however, found that better management of forests, grasslands […]

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Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in a Setback for Trump’s Energy Agenda

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — A federal judge late Thursday blocked construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change. The ruling by Judge […]

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Up Against Big Oil

The victories in the midterm elections were real and sweet for environmentalists and progressives: There will be at least 119 women in Congress, and for the first time their ranks will include a Muslim (two, actually) and a Native American (actually, three). Some of those candidates were talking about a […]

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How Big a Deal Is Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback? For the Climate, Maybe the Biggest Yet

But if gasoline prices stay at current levels — around $2.80 per gallon — or drop further, then Americans are expected to continue to buy S.U.V.s and other gas guzzlers, as they have been doing in increasing numbers the past few years. Second, states could try to enact other fresh policies to try to cut emissions […]

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Trump Unveils His Plan to Weaken Car Pollution Rules

Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday formally announced its long-awaited proposal to dramatically weaken an Obama-era regulation on planet-warming vehicle tailpipe pollution. The publication of the proposal sets up a race among opponents of […]

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Andrew Wheeler, New E.P.A. Chief, Details His Energy Lobbying Past

Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has come under scrutiny for his years spent as a powerful energy lobbyist. He has represented an electric utility, a uranium producer, and, […]

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Matter: ‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

“Global greening” sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Plants need carbon dioxide to grow, and we are now emitting 40 billion tons of it into the atmosphere each year. A number of small studies have suggested that humans actually are contributing to an increase in photosynthesis across the globe. Elliott Campbell, an environmental scientist at the University […]

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A Carbon Tax Plan That’s a Bad Deal for the Public

Beware of oil companies bearing gifts. Recently, the lobbyists and former Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, backed by companies like Exxon Mobil and Shell, have been campaigning for a federal tax on carbon dioxide emissions. This would increase energy costs, but all revenue from the tax would be returned to the public. A family […]

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Fish Will Start Losing Sense of Smell as Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Study Finds

And, she added, because the high carbon dioxide levels were found to affect the nose and at least two parts of the brain, adaptation would have to take place at multiple levels, which would make it hard to predict how the fish would adapt — if they even had time to do so. The changing […]

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How the New Acting E.P.A. Chief Differs From Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON — The departure of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, means that the agency will be led in the coming months by Mr. Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who shares Mr. Pruitt’s zeal to undo environmental regulations. But unlike Mr. Pruitt — who had come to […]

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E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan

The proposal, according to industry attorneys familiar with the plan, would recommend regulating the emissions of individual coal plants, which would call for modest upgrades, such as improving efficiency or substituting fuel. That contrasts with the more ambitious goals of the Clean Power Plan, which encouraged utilities to make broader systemic changes to cut emissions, […]

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U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.

LONDON — Beer, barbecues and crumpets, three staples of life in Britain as it enjoys an unusually warm summer, may soon experience shortages as the country faces an unexpected shortfall — of carbon dioxide. The gas is used in a wide range of ways, including to give beer and soft drinks their fizzy quality, and […]

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Reviving Supersonic Jets Will Damage the Climate

Traveling by plane is one of the worst things you can do for the environment. On average, one nonstop round-trip flight from the United States to Europe releases about one metric ton of carbon dioxide per person, or about what a resident of Honduras emits in a year. Unfortunately, several American start-ups are proposing to […]

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Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants

If the Trump administration were to invoke these two statutes, the move would almost certainly be challenged in federal court by natural gas and renewable energy companies, which could stand to lose market share. Depending on what the Trump administration decides, an intervention to prop up unprofitable coal and nuclear plants could cost consumers between […]

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