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As climate envoy, John Kerry faces tough path

As the first presidential envoy for climate, he wants to persuade world leaders to “do what the science tells us.” With global climate talks less than two months away, he faces a tough path.
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Joe Manchin will craft U.S. climate plan

Joe Manchin, the powerful West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate energy panel and earned half a million dollars last year from coal production, is preparing to remake President Biden's climate legislation in a way that tosses a lifeline to the fossil fuel industry.

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United Nations warns of ‘catastrophic pathway’ with current climate pledges

An accounting of promises made by countries in the years since the Paris accord found that they are not enough to avoid drastic impacts from climate change.

Exxon, Chevron, BP and others called to testify on climate disinformation

Executives from Exxon, Shell, BP and others are being called to testify in Congress next month after a secret recording this year exposed an Exxon official boasting of such efforts.

Maine will make companies pay for recycling. Here’s how it works.

The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”
Plastic Pollution

Building a more sustainable car, from headlamp to tailpipe

Vehicle makers shy away from traditional materials that are hard to recycle, like leather and plastics, and look to repurpose alternatives that still convey quality.
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California Recall Vote Could Weaken the State’s Aggressive Climate Policies

Many Republicans vying to replace Newsom as governor want to roll back the state’s ambitious plans to cut planet-warming emissions, a change with nationwide implications.
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Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: What we know

Divers searching for the origin of a substantial oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — one of several spotted off Louisiana's coast after Hurricane Ida — have discovered three damaged pipelines near the leak, though murky conditions on the seafloor prevented the team from finding the source.

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Climate change: British envoy looks forward to China’s ‘enhanced’ 2030 emissions goal

Alok Sharma, Britain's president-designate for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, arrived in China on Sunday for a three-day visit to talk about Beijing enhancing its emissions goals ahead of the summit in Glasgow in November.

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Biden to visit Northeast flood zones as demand grows for climate action

The president will visit hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, as residents call for more serious action on climate change.

Overlapping disasters expose harsh climate reality: The US is not ready

The deadly flooding in the Northeast, on the heels of destruction from Louisiana to California, shows the limits of adapting to climate change. Experts say it will only get worse.

Climate change is bankrupting America’s small towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.
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Auden Schendler: Worrying about your carbon footprint is exactly what big oil wants you to do

Becoming carbon neutral means cutting greenhouse gas emissions as much as you can, then offsetting what you can't avoid with measures like tree planting. Seems admirable. Well, not exactly.


California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.
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What we know about climate change and hurricanes

Scientists are confident that the warming of the planet is changing the way storms behave. Here’s how.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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