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View from the summit: A self-defeating G7 fails on all fronts

By Karl Mathiasen and David M. Herszenhorn Photo: Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty Images

ZUGSPITZE, Germany — If they needed reminding about the urgency of climate change and their role in stopping it, all G7 leaders had to do was look up.

06/28/22
                                                               

What’s the next outrage from an illegitimate Supreme Court?

By Bill McKibben

Having put us in a post-Roe world, they may be aiming for a post-world world. Since the decision leaked this spring—and, really, since transparently political justices Kavanagh and Barrett won their confirmations—one has expected this moment.

06/24/22
                                                               

Biden team sees climate ‘emergency,’ but powers are limited

By Dino Grandoni Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

With his climate legislation stalled and a Supreme Court case threatening his ability to regulate carbon, President Biden has been leaning more heavily than ever on his own authority to tackle climate change and address what he has called an “existential threat.”

06/20/22
                                                               

The US Can Halve Its Emissions by 2030—if It Wants To

By Matt Simon Photo: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

You can’t see them or hear them, but there are huge, hidden forces propelling the United States into the energy future. Last year, the Biden administration committed to eliminating half the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a critical step in fighting climate change. Half sounds like a lot—and it is—but scientists think it’s doable.

06/15/22
                                                               

Why an energy crisis and $5 gas aren’t spurring a green revolution

By Evan Halper Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

As high prices move consumers to rethink their attachment to oil and gas, America is struggling to meet the moment.

06/14/22
                                                               

Second Trump term would push warming past dangerous limit, warns UN climate chief

By Karl Mathiesen

Speaking to POLITICO on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Patricia Espinosa was asked whether she believed a Trump return to the White House — or another Republican with similar climate policies — would end any hope of hitting the Paris Agreement’s lower climate change target.

06/13/22
                                                               

Bills in blue states target the fossil fuel industry for climate damage

Analysis by Maxine Joselow Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Democratic lawmakers in two of the nation's most populous states are pushing legislation to punish the fossil fuel industry for its apparent role in causing droughts, wildfires and other disasters exacerbated by climate change.

05/31/22
                                                               

How a Republican effort punishes companies for climate action

By David Gelles and Hiroko Tabuchi Photo: Kieran Dodds for The New York Times

Legislators and their allies are running an aggressive campaign that uses public money and the law to pressure businesses they say are pushing “woke” causes.

05/27/22
                                                               

Corporations Pledge to Buy ‘Green’ at Davos Gathering

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Gian Ehrenzeller

More than 50 corporations have joined a global “buyers’ club” that pledges to purchase aluminum, steel and other commodities made from processes that emit little to no carbon, a move that will be announced on Wednesday by leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

05/25/22
                                                               

What Vaccine Apartheid Portends for the Climate Future

By David Wallace-Wells Photo: Ibrahim Rayintakath

The pandemic has been furnishing new and distressing episodes almost weekly for more than two years now. But what is in retrospect perhaps the most concerning, for me, came in May 2021, when the International Monetary Fund calculated that the full cost of vaccinating the large majority of the world’s vulnerable people would be $50 billion — just 1 percent of the money spent by Congress on pandemic relief and only about half of the money the United States has spent on fighting AIDS abroad. The I.M.F. called this “A Proposal to End the Covid-19 Pandemic” and meant it. The organization suggested the global payback for that $50 billion program, by 2025, would be $9 trillion — nearly a 200-fold return — in just four years. The humanitarian gains of a global vaccination effort would have been incalculable and still are. The diplomatic gains, as well.

05/24/22