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How well do you know Biden’s environmental track record? Take our quiz

By John Muyskens, Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin

President Biden seized on climate change as a core priority when he took office, saying days after his inauguration, “We’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis, and we can’t wait any longer.”


New renewable power plants are reducing U.S. electricity generation from natural gas

In our January Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), we forecast that rising electricity generation from renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will reduce generation from fossil fuel-fired power plants over the next two years. The forecast share of generation for U.S. non-hydropower renewable sources, including solar and wind, grows from 13% in 2021 to 17% in 2023. We forecast that the share of generation from natural gas will fall from 37% in 2021 to 34% by 2023 and the coal share will decline from 23% to 22%.


State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2021

By Zeke Hausfather

The climate data for 2021 is now mostly in, and it has proved to be another noteworthy year across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface temperature of the planet.


2021 was world’s 6th-warmest year on record

After two consecutive years (2019 and 2020) that ranked among the top three warmest on record, Earth was a slightly cooler planet in 2021. But not by much.


Ocean warmth sets record high in 2021 as a result of emissions

By Kasha Patel Photo: Alexis Huguet/AFP/Getty Images

A new analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, showed that oceans contained the most heat energy in 2021 since measurements began six decades ago — accelerating at a rate only possible because of human-emitted greenhouse gases.


1 big thing: A banner year for billion-dollar disasters

By Ben German and Andrew Freedman Photo: Aida Amer , Axios

In 2021, the contiguous U.S. saw its second-highest number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Andrew writes.


More than 40% of Americans live in counties hit by climate disasters in 2021

By Sarah Kaplan and Andrew Ba Tran Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

As climate-fueled extreme weather intensified last year, more than 80 percent of Americans experienced a heat wave. The impacts of fires and severe storms also spread.


Grid energy storage surged in 2021, as we predicted

By Julian Spector Photo: Graphica Artis , Getty Images

I love the holidays because they offer a chance to mingle with old friends and family members who don’t think about the clean energy transition every day. I get to ask questions like, ​“Does the term ​‘energy storage’ mean anything to you?”


December Was Likely the Hottest on Record for the U.S.

By Brian Kahn Photo: Marc Piscotty (Getty Images)

The weather wasn’t just wild, it was also incredibly hot across large parts of the Lower 48, leading to what is likely a new national record.


Top News of 2021

By Larry Pearl

The election of a Democratic president intent on addressing climate change through federal policy drove some of the biggest utility stories of the past year.