Tag: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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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Midterm Climate Report: Partly Cloudy

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that averting the worst consequences of climate changes (lesser consequences are by now all around us) will mean quickly cutting back on the use of fossil fuels that cause global warming. Big Oil didn’t get the memo. […]

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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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California Lawmakers Set Goal for Carbon-Free Energy by 2045

LOS ANGELES — California took some of the most aggressive steps yet to counter the effects of climate change as legislators voted Tuesday to require that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources. The bill gives the state until 2045 to meet the goal. California had already […]

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Mining Innovation Aims to Turn Utah Sands Into an Oil Patch

VERNAL, Utah — Utah is a yawn amid the drilling frenzy that has upended the energy picture in recent years. It accounts for just one of every 100 barrels of oil produced nationwide. But a couple of executives who have spent decades hunting for oil across the Middle East, South […]

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Blow for coal power as EU carbon emissions price hits 10-year high

The amount polluters pay for emitting carbon in the EU has hit a 10-year high, in a blow for coal power station owners and a boost for renewable energy. The price of carbon in the bloc’s emissions trading scheme reached €18 (£16) per tonne on Monday, triple the level a year ago. About 12,000 factories […]

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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’s Biggest Climate Move Yet is Bad for Everyone

Los Angeles — The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation moved Thursday to fulfill President Trump’s promise to undo landmark Obama-era rules requiring automakers to steadily reduce greenhouse gas pollution from cars and trucks and improve fuel efficiency through 2025. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with […]

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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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Trump Officials Link Fuel Economy Rules to Deadly Crashes. Experts Are Skeptical.

WASHINGTON — Can we improve fuel economy without sacrificing vehicle safety? That’s one contentious issue at the center of the debate over federal fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks. The Obama administration concluded the answer was yes and issued strict rules in 2012 that would have required automakers to roughly double the fuel […]

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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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The City of My Birth in India Is Becoming a Climate Casualty. It Didn’t Have to Be.

KOLKATA, India — I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is affecting Kolkata. I spent the first seven years of my life in this delta city, close to where the Ganges pours into […]

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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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Pruitt’s Successor Wants Rollbacks, Too. And He Wants Them to Stick.

But Mr. Rosen, the deputy secretary of the Transportation Department, is confident that the proposal will stand up to legal challenge in part because of the changing makeup of the Supreme Court, according to a half-dozen people. With the retirement of the Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who often served as a swing vote […]

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Top Trump Officials Clash Over Plan to Let Cars Pollute More

During his tenure, Mr. Pruitt pushed out numerous proposals to roll back environmental regulations. At least a half-dozen have been struck down by courts. Three people close to Mr. Wheeler said he wanted to avoid rolling out a major policy that could be legally vulnerable. But Mr. Rosen, the deputy secretary of the Transportation Department, […]

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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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After a Fiasco, California Aims Again at Remaking the Power Grid

“This is not either-or, it’s not local versus regional — it’s getting the best out of both,” said Ralph Cavanagh, staff lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a longtime proponent of the measure. “You will use the existing system more efficiently.” For example, at certain times of the year, California produces more solar […]

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Judge Throws Out New York Climate Lawsuit

Judge Keenan sounded skeptical in a hearing about the case last month, arguing with a lawyer for the city, Matthew Pawa, over the role of users of fossil fuels in causing climate change — including, the judge stressed, the city itself. “I mean, aren’t the plaintiffs using the product that is being the subject of […]

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The return of supersonic planes could mean serious pollution problems

Supersonic travel died out in 2003, when the last 100-passenger Concorde jet settled down on a London runway. The costly planes were doomed by their speed: The jets created sonic booms when they broke the 767 mph sound barrier, sending thunderous rumbles to the land below. For this reason, supersonic planes have long been banned […]

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In India, Summer Heat Could Soon Be Unbearable. Literally.

NEW DELHI — On a sweltering Wednesday in June, a rail-thin woman named Rehmati gripped the doctor’s table with both hands. She could hardly hold herself upright, the pain in her stomach was so intense. She had traveled for 26 hours in a hot oven of a bus to visit her husband, a migrant worker […]

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