Tag: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An Important Vote for the Climate

One of the great achievements of politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the spread of effective building codes that made our buildings safer and sturdier, and our cities less likely to burn down. For the last couple of decades we have been using those building codes for an additional purpose: saving […]

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Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration violated federal law by failing to adequately take into account the climate change impact of leasing public land for oil gas drilling in Wyoming, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. But the decision by the United […]

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Carbon Taxes Are the Original Green New Deal

Yes, of course, we need a Green New Deal to address the world’s most urgent crisis, global warming. Just, please, not the one that a flotilla of liberal politicians, including seven of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls currently in the Senate, are signing up for in droves, like children following the pied piper in the […]

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Editorial Observer: Who Will Save the Rain Forest?

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon rain forest are the shock troops in the struggle against climate change. “We are the first ones to be affected,” says Sônia Guajajara, one of Brazil’s best known indigenous leaders. “We’re seeing floods that last longer, we’re seeing droughts that are longer, we’re seeing a reduction in fish with […]

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Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — It’s a green big deal for a tiny sliver of a country. Costa Rica, population 5 million, wants to wean itself from fossil fuels by 2050, and the chief evangelist […]

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Jay Inslee, Washington Governor and Climate Advocate, Enters 2020 Race

SEATTLE — Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and former member of Congress who has made climate change and the environment his signature issues, jumped into the crowded field of 2020 Democratic contenders for president on Friday. Mr. Inslee, 68, has led the state during a powerful economic expansion since […]

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Trump Is Increasingly Isolated on Climate Science as Silence and Denial Recede Around Him

WASHINGTON — New efforts by President Trump and his staff to question or undermine the established science of climate change have created a widening rift between the White House on one side, and scientific facts, government agencies, and some leading figures in the president’s own party on the other. The […]

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Andrew Wheeler, Who Continued Environmental Rollbacks, Is Confirmed to Lead E.P.A.

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew R. Wheeler to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, giving oversight of the nation’s air and water to a former coal lobbyist and seasoned Washington insider. The confirmation formalized a role Mr. Wheeler has held in an acting capacity since […]

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Feinstein Lectures Children Who Want Green New Deal, Portraying It as Untenable

Senator Dianne Feinstein found herself in a standoff Friday with a group of schoolchildren who confronted her about her refusal to support the Green New Deal. In a video posted by the Sunrise Movement, which encourages young people to combat climate change, an exchange quickly became tense once Ms. Feinstein […]

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A Green New Deal is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.

WASHINGTON — President Trump derided the Green New Deal as a “high school term paper that got a low mark.” Congressional Republicans mocked it as “zany.” Even Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, called the proposal a “green dream,” and some of the party’s 2020 candidates are starting to describe […]

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Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. If you’ve heard a lot recently about the Green New Deal but still aren’t quite sure what it is, you are not alone. After all, it has been trumpeted by its supporters as the way […]

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White House Panel Will Study Whether Climate Change Is a National Security Threat. It Includes a Climate Denialist.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is preparing to establish a panel to examine how climate change affects national security, to include a White House adviser whose views are sharply at odds with the established scientific consensus […]

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The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

Everyone is lining up to endorse the Green New Deal — or to mock it. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have all endorsed the resolution sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Conservative critics predictably call it […]

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Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures. […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found the proposal enmeshed in […]

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Democrats Formally Call for a Green New Deal, Giving Substance to a Rallying Cry

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Thursday introduced a resolution for a Green New Deal, a sweeping measure that calls for an environmental and economic mobilization that would make the United States carbon neutral by 2030 […]

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U.S. Midwest Freezes, Australia Burns: This Is the Age of Weather Extremes

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. In Chicago, officials warned about the risk of almost instant frostbite on what could be the city’s coldest day ever. Lansing, Mich., opened a warming center. And schools and universities closed across the Midwest as […]

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The Very High Costs of Climate Risk

Before the catastrophic Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was worth more than $25 billion. Now it’s C.E.O. has stepped down and the company, which provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in California, has filed for bankruptcy as it confronts billions of […]

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Germany Lays Out a Path to Quit Coal by 2038

BERLIN — Germany will spend tens of billions of dollars to end its use of coal power within two decades, if a plan agreed to early Saturday by representatives of the power industry, environmental movement, miners and local interest groups becomes official policy. The deal, hammered out after more than […]

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