Tag: US news

Joe Biden to reveal US emissions pledge in key climate crisis moment

President will also call on major economies to join him in bold action at virtual summit of 40 world leaders So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change? Joe Biden faces a key test of his commitment to climate action this week, when he sets out his core plans […]

US and China commit to cooperating on climate crisis

World’s biggest polluters release joint commitment to climate action following John Kerry visit to Shanghai The US and China have “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement on Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry. “The United States and […]

Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis. The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat […]

Sea levels are going to rise by at least 2ft. We can do something about it | Harold R Wanless

To avoid the grimmest outlook posed by warming oceans, we need to extract heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather – that much is widely understood. […]

Rapid global heating is hurting farm productivity, study finds

Research shows rising temperatures since 1960s have acted as handbrake to agricultural yield of crops and livestock The climate crisis is already eating into the output of the world’s agricultural systems, with productivity much lower than it would have been if humans hadn’t rapidly heated the planet, new research has found. Related: G7 should double […]

Hopes rise for US climate shift with Deb Haaland at interior helm

Experts say new interior secretary will renew focus on climate emergency and public lands after years of cuts under Trump After four years under an administration that denied the climate crisis, opened public lands to oil and gas drilling and stripped protections from national monuments, the US interior department will look radically different with Deb […]

New US vehicles must be electric by 2030 to meet climate goals – report

Joe Biden needs ‘visionary target’ of cutting US emissions by 60% over 2005 levels The US should ensure almost all new cars and light vehicles sold are electric by the end of this decade, and stop using fossil fuels for power generation by 2035, to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, […]

US must cut 50% of emissions by 2030, environmental groups say

Biden administration is set to unveil a new greenhouse gas reduction target at a climate meeting on 22 April, Earth Day The US needs to commit to slashing its planet-heating emissions by at least half by the end of the decade to address the climate crisis and spur other countries to greater action, a coalition […]

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia | Warren Entsch

The warming of the planet is not some arbitrary political concept one either subscribes to or doesn’t — it is a scientific reality that we have to deal with Opponents of net zero emissions targets and the policies required to get there like to frame their arguments around the political ideology of climate change. Left […]

Why is Texas suffering power blackouts during the winter freeze?

The oil- and gas-rich state is experiencing what officials call a ‘total failure’ of its electricity infrastructure Millions of people in Texas have spent days in below-freezing temperatures without power in what officials have called a “total failure” of the state’s electricity infrastructure. How did oil- and gas-rich Texas – the biggest producer of energy […]