Climate politics have shifted, and that gives scientists and activists hope


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The curated news page contains a roundup of the most compelling current and/or timeless news stories about climate change, pulled from the most significant sources— newspapers, scientific studies, magazines, books, films, available video and audio streams, universities and organizations. 

  • If you are curious about last year’s top stories: here’s a link to the most pertinent climate change stories from the New York Times in 2021
  • If you are interested in how the media understood and covered the incredible heat oppressing the Pacific Northwest in June and July, 2021, take a look at this very well analyzed and synthesized piece by Carbon Brief. 
  • If you are wondering about how climate change change was discussed as part of the television media coverage on the devastating Hurricane Ian, you might be interested in what Media Matters discovered as they explored that issue. 
  • To start with, the scientific facts: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that global warming is making storms like Ian stronger and wetter and even proved the extent to which human-caused warming has increased the damage caused by specific storms. Already, a study has suggested that Ian dumped 10% more rain than it would have otherwise due to climate change. Compounding the intensity of the storm are rising sea levels which multiply what can be the most dangerous aspect of storms on the coast: storm surge. 
  • With few exceptions, the relationship between our warming planet and the characteristics of Hurricane Ian were not part of national TV news coverage. MSNBC aired the most connections to climate among the cable networks, with 17, followed by CNN with 15. MSNBC and CNN combined aired 32 segments that mentioned climate change in relation to Hurricane Ian, or 4%. More on Fox News climate mentions below. “Media Matters explored the 57 hours of media coverage (including 1,020 segments) focused on Hurricane Ian between September 24-28 and found that only 4% of coverage connected the storm to climate change. Of the 46 times climate change was discussed, 7 of those mentions, all appearing on Fox News, were in the context of climate denial.

Climate politics have shifted, and that gives scientists and activists hope

By Karla Adam and Reis Thebault
An aura of failure hung over the first United Nations climate status conference in Berlin in 1995. Not only were countries falling short of their commitments to curb emissions, but advocates were struggling to get…
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Here Are the Goals of the COP26 Climate Change Meetings—and Where the World Stands in Accomplishing Them

Next week, thousands of ministers and diplomats from across the world will descend on an event campus in Glasgow, Scotland for the most important climate conference in recent years—and perhaps the most significant international meeting…
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John Kerry Is Bringing America Back Into the Climate Fight

The stakes are existential, but the debates at the Excelsior can seem pedantic; in one conference room, negotiators are tussling over the wording of how countries should submit new climate plans. On the roof, I…
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Biden, other G-20 world leaders formally endorse groundbreaking global corporate minimum tax

By Jeff Stein
The new global minimum tax of 15 percent aims to reverse the decades-long decline in tax rates on corporations across the world.
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The COP26 Climate Talks Are Opening. Here’s What to Expect.

By Somini Sengupta
Some fundamental differences, including over money, divide the leaders heading to Glasgow. The outcome will determine, to a large extent, how humanity will survive on a hotter planet.
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Biden raises the stakes with the biggest gamble of his presidency for his agenda

By Matt Viser and Sean Sullivan
President Biden entered a caucus meeting of Democrats early Thursday, told them he wanted to speak from the heart, and then made one of the biggest gambles of a career that spans nearly a half…
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World leaders head to Scotland for global climate talks. Here’s what you need to know

By Anna M. Phillips
Some 30,000 heads of state, environmental activists, business leaders and journalists are expected to descend on Scotland on Sunday for a climate summit that comes as world leaders are running out of time to break…
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Frankie the Dinosaur tells world not to ‘choose extinction’ in U.N. video urging climate action

By Amy Cheng
A recent speaker at the United Nations had a message that has been heard many times: refusing to drastically cut back on fossil fuels could drive humans to extinction. What made the speech unusual was…
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Oil Executives Testify on Industry’s Role in Climate Disinformation

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Lisa Friedman
In a historic hearing, the leaders of some of the most powerful energy companies in the world are appearing before a House panel to face questioning on climate change.
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Live Updates: Biden Implores Democrats to Embrace $1.85 Trillion Climate and Safety Net Plan

President Biden went to the Capitol to lobby for the revised package, telling Democrats in private, “We badly need a vote.” The plan leaves out several major proposals, including paid family leave and lowering drug…
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