climate-change

Wonkbook: What good is a climate summit without emissions cuts?

The most interesting part of President Obama's U.N. speech was what he didn't say.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Sep 24, 2014

Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, and glass

More than a fifth of the country's garbage is food.

Wonkbook: Playing the long game on climate change

This week's U.N. climate summit is all about the long game.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Sep 22, 2014

How climate change is affecting the world’s biggest food company

Food is a necessity, but it's also a big business. That might be complicating things.

The cost of America’s forest fires has more than quintupled in the past 20 years

Blame climate change.

How much your meat addiction is hurting the planet

The average meat-eater in the U.S. is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian.

Why society is failing to stop global warming, in one 90-second video

A visualization of the growth of carbon-dioxide levels, which are higher than they've been in 800,000 years.

Sick of the winter chill? New research shows why the planet is still heating up

A U.N. agency blames humans for record heat that gripped parts of the world last year. Here are six key findings from its annual report.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Mar 24, 2014

Four reasons why the fight against climate change is likely to fail

Democrats in the Senate stayed up all night talking about the perils of climate change. But while there's hope that technology, changing consumer and business practices or new policies could finally turn the tide and slow or reverse climate change, there are also good reasons to think those efforts will fail.

Five takeaways from State Department’s review of the Keystone XL pipeline

The report found that blocking or approving the Keystone XL pipeline was unlikely to have a "significant" impact on climate change emissions.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 31, 2014

China installed record amounts of solar power in 2013. But coal is still winning.

Last year, China added far more fossil-fuel capacity than it did solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear power combined.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 30, 2014

Obama says fracking can be a ‘bridge’ to a clean-energy future. It’s not that simple.

A closer look at whether natural gas can help the U.S. reduce its emissions.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 29, 2014

No one tries harder than Europe to fight climate change. The recession is testing that.

The EU has a new plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2030 — but also loosen its renewable energy goals.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 23, 2014

After years of decline, U.S. carbon emissions rose 2 percent in 2013

U.S. electric utilities burned a bit more coal and a bit less natural gas last year.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 13, 2014

U.S. oil exports have been banned for 40 years. Is it time for that to change?

A primer on the next big energy debate in Congress.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 8, 2014

Can global warming be real if it’s cold in the U.S.? Um… yes!

Since this keeps coming up, let's go back to basics.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 6, 2014

With a bit of luck, the U.S. could actually hit its 2020 climate change goals

But there's no real plan for what happens after that.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 3, 2014

One problem with geoengineering: Once you start, you can’t really stop

As soon as we quit spraying those reflective particles into the atmosphere, the Earth will heat up very, very, very rapidly.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 2, 2014

The way Congress funds clean energy is a mess. Max Baucus thinks there’s a better idea.

Congress has created 42 different tax incentives for energy. Baucus wants to sweep them all away and replace them with just two.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 19, 2013

John Podesta’s plan to bypass Congress on climate change

Obama's new adviser, John Podesta, will push the White House to act more forcefully on climate change. Here's what he was advocating back in 2010.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 19, 2013
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