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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.”

02/04/19
                                                               

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.

01/18/19
                                                               

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).

01/18/19
                                                               

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.

12/06/18
                                                               

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.

06/18/18