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The False Choice Between Economic Growth and Combatting Climate Change

By Carolyn Kormann Photo: Fernando Moleres / Panos Pictures / Redux

In 1974, the economist William Nordhaus described the transition from a “cowboy economy” to a “spaceship economy.” In the former, he wrote, “we could afford to use our resources profligately,” and “the environment could be used as a sink without becoming fouled.” But, in the spaceship economy, “great attention must be paid to the sources of life and to the dumps where our refuse is piled.”


U.S. Carbon Emissions Soared in 2018. Here’s Why.

By Natasha Bach

The warnings around climate change now have additional data backing them up: carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. were up last year.


Analysis shows U.S. energy carbon emissions spiked in 2018

By Ben Geman Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The news comes after the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) concluded that 2018 was Earth’s 4th-warmest on record, with the past 4 years serving as the planet’s hottest seen since instrument records began in 1880 (and likely well before that).


CO2 Emissions Reached an All-Time High in 2018

By Chelsea Harvey Photo by Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

The uptick follows several years of relatively flat emissions, underscoring the urgency of climate action.


Are greenhouse emissions down under Donald Trump, as EPA says?

By Louis Jacobson Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/AP

On the campaign trail and as president, Donald Trump has expressed his skepticism about global warming. So it was a bit of a surprise when a reader asked us to check a statement issued by his Environmental Protection Agency that touted the administration’s record in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, which scientists say are the main driver of global warming.