Tag: Climate & Energy

‘It’s a historic moment’ — Pete Buttigieg on EV chargers, lead pipes, and the promise of infrastructure

Pete Buttigieg has become the de facto hype man for Joe Biden’s newly released $2 trillion infrastructure plan. A great deal of the proposed spending — for road and bridge repairs, rail service expansions, public transit investments, electric vehicle charging stations — falls into the former South Bend mayor’s new domain now that he’s secretary of […]

7 million Californians live near oil and gas wells. This bill could change that.

Despite its green reputation, California has a big fossil fuel problem on its hands: neighborhood oil and gas drilling. In California, there’s nothing preventing frackers or drillers from setting up shop right next to your home, school, or hospital — and indeed, this is the reality for 7.4 million Californians currently living within 1 mile […]

Clean energy bonanza: Biden’s budget tries to undo Trump’s damage

For four years straight, President Donald Trump tried to gut the budgets of federal agencies focusing on climate and the environment. The former president proposed canceling clean energy research, cutting federal support to prevent flooding, and winnowing down crucial federal agencies. In 2019, he even went so far as to ask Congress to slash funding […]

This machine in Texas could suck up companies’ carbon emissions — if they pay

To burnish their green credentials, companies have long paid to plant trees or protect forests in the hopes that nature will absorb their greenhouse gas emissions. Shopify, the Canadian company that runs e-commerce sites, wants to take a more hands-on approach — by paying a Texas venture to pull carbon dioxide from the sky and […]

Report: It’s time for the U.S. to research solar geoengineering

To avoid the most disastrous sea-level rise, storms, heat waves, and drought, the best available science says that greenhouse gas emissions must be cut in half in the next decade or so and brought to net-zero by the middle of the century.  But even if global leaders acted to cut emissions at that breakneck pace […]

Corporate climate pledges earn failing grades from investors

A group of more than 500 investors is shining a spotlight on the companies most responsible for climate change — and least prepared to change course. On Monday, the initiative, known as Climate Action 100+, released scorecards for the top carbon-emitting companies, spanning sectors like oil and gas, electric utilities, cement, airlines, steel, and chemicals. […]

The First 100 – Prospects for a CLEAN Future

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A short-run weekly newsletter analyzing federal climate action during the first months of the Biden administration.   Hello, I’m Nathanael Johnson, and today is Day 45 of the Biden administration. This week, legislators unveiled a bill that aims to fulfill some of Biden’s biggest campaign promises. On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced their opening bid for […]

The First 100 – Joe and Justin’s Parisian bromance

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A short-run weekly newsletter analyzing federal climate action during the first months of the Biden administration.   Hello, I’m Shannon Osaka, and today is Day 38 of the Biden administration. This week, the president started to nail down his Paris plans — and faced Republican backlash. When it comes to international agreements on climate change, […]

How steel might finally kick its coal habit

how steel might finally kick its coal habit - How steel might finally kick its coal habit

Coal’s grip on the global electricity sector is loosening as more utilities and companies invest in renewable energy. But one major coal consumer — the steel industry — is finding it harder to kick its habit. Steel companies make nearly 2 billion tons of high-strength material every year for bridges, buildings, railways, and roads. The […]

The Doomsday Clock has been ticking for 70 years. It’s time to let it die.

the doomsday clock has been ticking for 70 years its time to let it die - The Doomsday Clock has been ticking for 70 years. It’s time to let it die.

Wondering how close the world is to total annihilation, existential doom, and the collapse of life as we know it? Scientists have a new estimate for you. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has been faithfully updating its signature “Doomsday Clock” since 1947. Every few years (or lately, every year), a group of scientists and security […]