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Fighting climate change with venture capital is different this time

Silicon Valley got a black eye a decade ago when its big venture capital foray into expensive and nascent cleantech didn't pan out—but its recently renewed interest in a wider scope of technologies that can tackle the climate crisis could be different this time around.

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Australian academy sounds alarm over Paris climate goals

The Australian Academy of Science quietly released a report on March 31 that underlines the stakes of President Biden's April 22 climate summit and the next U.N. climate confab in Glasgow.

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Climate-influenced "megadroughts" endanger the future of the U.S. West

The region has a history of decades-long droughts, and warmer temperatures plus population growth will push it to the limit.

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Democrats want Biden to restore Obama-era climate change policy

Some Capitol Hill Democrats are pressing President Biden to re-instate Obama-era carbon emissions and mileage rules for passenger cars - and then go much further.

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Toxics

Synthetic biology startup Allonnia cleans pollution with engineered microbes

A startup that uses synthetic biology to clean up pollution is taking on a $20 million funding round, Axios has learned.

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Energy and climate move closer to center stage on Capitol Hill

The imminent enactment of Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package creates space for lawmakers and the White House to craft infrastructure plans with big climate and energy-related provisions.

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Biden's expanding climate team reflects whole-of-government approach

President Biden is vowing a whole-of-government approach that weaves climate deeply into White House decision-making and the work of many agencies.

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Natural gas exporters race to have the least polluting fossil fuels

Comparing emissions profiles is slated to increasingly become a way for countries to vie for competitive advantage.
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Natural gas exporters race to have the least polluting fossil fuels

A big U.S. liquefied natural gas exporter will start giving customers detailed info about the greenhouse gas footprint of its cargoes - a move that provides a glimpse into fossil fuel producers' strategies for competing in a climate-constrained world.

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Justice

Trump’s World Bank head speaks out on climate change, inequality

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, World Bank president David Malpass has been a surprisingly outspoken advocate for policies to reduce global warming, rein in economic inequality and use multilateral institutions to fight the worst of the pandemic's impacts.

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EV owners drive them much less frequently than gas-powered cars

Electric vehicle owners in California drive them less than half as many miles annually as the average gasoline-powered car in the U.S., a new analysis shows.

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As pressure mounts, ExxonMobil says climate change action is coming

ExxonMobil, under pressure to boost financial performance and do more on climate change, says it's on the cusp of changes.

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Breaking down the case for massively scaling up carbon removal tech

New peer-reviewed research lays out a case for quickly launching huge global investments to scale up a nascent and currently quite an expensive weapon against climate change: machines that pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

"Most consumers have no idea that something that is allowed in the food supply by the FDA could trigger adverse behaviors."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Biden takes a run at America's glaring environmental problems. Can he succeed?

President Biden counts on a tenuous Congressional majority to dramatically alter environmental policy.

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