Tag: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Scientists say the warming of the world’s oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that almost all of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends […]

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Hope for a Green New Year

Let’s be honest with ourselves: The new Democratic majority in the House won’t be able to enact new legislation. I’ll be astonished if there are bipartisan deals on anything important — even on infrastructure, where both sides claim to want action but what the G.O.P. really wants is an excuse […]

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Going Nowhere Fast on Climate, Year After Year

Thirty years ago, a NASA scientist, James Hansen, told lawmakers at a Senate hearing that “global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause-and-effect relationship with the greenhouse effect.” He added that there “is only 1 percent chance of accidental warming […]

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E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other pollutants […]

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A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas

PHILADELPHIA — Bear Swamp is a forest of 400- and 500-year-old black gums, some of the oldest trees in eastern North America, along the Delaware Bay in southeastern New Jersey. The trees have begun to die. The cause is the rising sea, which is making the groundwater at the base […]

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Forget the Carbon Tax for Now

PARIS — The angry graffiti have been blasted off the Arc de Triomphe with water jets, leaving unnaturally white patches scarring the base of France’s national monument. The husks of incinerated cars have been cleared from the streets, the glass from shattered store windows swept up. The government has taken […]

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Trump Imperils the Planet

It’s hard to believe but it was only three years ago this month — just after 7 p.m., Paris time, Dec. 12, to be precise — that delegates from more than 190 nations, clapping and cheering, whooping and weeping, rose to celebrate the Paris Agreement — the first genuinely collective […]

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Climate Negotiators Reach an Overtime Deal to Keep Paris Pact Alive

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. KATOWICE, Poland — Diplomats from nearly 200 countries reached a deal on Saturday to keep the Paris climate agreement alive by adopting a detailed set of rules to implement the pact. The deal, struck after […]

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John Kerry: If We Fail on Climate, It Won’t Be Just Trump’s Fault

This week is the third anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration marked it by working with Russia and Gulf oil nations to sideline science and undermine the accord at climate talks underway in Katowice, Poland. While I was in New Delhi this week, where I met with […]

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China Must Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

Every year, China burns as much coal as the rest of world combined, and every year since 2009, more cars have been sold there than in any other country. This has left its cities choking on poisoned air and has been responsible for an estimated one million premature deaths a […]

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Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. KATOWICE, Poland — Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks here offered an unapologetic defense of fossil fuels on Monday, arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic. While that stance […]

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France’s Combustible Climate Politics

The recent publication of the Fourth National Climate Assessment is being hailed as a potent rebuke to President Trump for his do-nothing approach to climate change. Meanwhile, another president is learning that perhaps the only thing worse than doing nothing about climate, politically speaking, is doing something about it. Emmanuel […]

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The world’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising at a faster pace in 2018 than they did last year, researchers said Wednesday, the latest evidence that planet-warming pollution is proliferating again after a three-year lull in […]

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Can We Grow More Food on Less Land? We’ll Have To, a New Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won’t be enough for cars and factories to get cleaner. Our cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient, […]

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E.P.A. to Roll Back a Restriction on New Coal-Burning Plants

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to roll back a significant climate change regulation on coal-fired power plants, making it easier to build new coal plants in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency […]

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On Climate, the Facts and Law Are Against Trump

A major governmental report released by the Trump administration recently projects enormous damages to communities across the country as a result of climate change. This new volume of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment includes more alarming predictions than its predecessors did, and it officially puts the Trump administration on […]

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Climate Denial Was the Crucible for Trumpism

Many observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump — the party’s willingness to back him on all fronts, even after severe defeats in the midterm elections. What kind of party would show such support for a leader who is not only evidently corrupt and seemingly in the pocket […]

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Betting on a new way to make concrete that doesn’t pollute

LEIGHTON BUZZARD, England — Just after sunrise, a concrete plant located in a muddy industrial zone north of London stirs to life. Workers in orange suits and hard hats watch through a protective window as a machine presses what looks like red sand into a tray of brick-shaped blocks. Further […]

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Study Warns of Cascading Health Risks From the Changing Climate

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the United States. Tens of millions of people are exposed to extreme heat. These are the stark findings […]

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Macron Has a Long-Term Vision. But the French Have Urgent Needs.

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France has rolled out one ambitious change after another as he seeks to inject some dynamism into France. He has lightened a voluminous labor code. He has taken on once-powerful unions. He has trimmed funds to village mayors. And on Tuesday he put forth […]

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