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…climate change in 2021

These 193 stories show the reality of climate change. In every country in the world.

Politicians have argued. The summits have come and gone. But the truth is that climate change is already upon us. This is Times Opinion’s tour of how climate change has begun reshaping reality in the 193 member states of the United Nations, in ways big and small.


What you need to know about the U.N. COP26 climate summit — and why it matters

By Brady Dennis Photo: Ian Forsyth/Bloomberg 10/06/21
‘We must get serious. And we must act fast,’ U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said recently, noting the world is ‘seemingly light-years away’ from meeting its climate goals

…Biden’s 3.5 trillion dollar Build Back Better plan

Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

By Katie Rogers and Juliet Macur Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times 09/07/21
“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

…Hurricanes and Flooding

Intensifying Hurricane Ida a significant threat to key infrastructure

By Jeff Masters and Bob Henson Photo: NOAA/RAMMB/Colorado State University 08/28/21
After making landfall in western Cuba on Friday night as a category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds, Hurricane Ida is now in the Gulf of Mexico, headed northwest at 15 mph towards Louisiana. Ida was somewhat disorganized Saturday morning after its encounter with Cuba, but quickly reorganized Saturday afternoon…

…IPCC’s latest report cautioning that the world risks increasingly catastrophic impacts in the absence of rapid greenhouse gas reductions

The scary new climate report means fossil fuel use needs to start falling, fast

By Sammy Roth, Russ Mitchell and Sam Dean Photo: Michael Owen Baker / For The Times 08/09/21
Scientists have said that zeroing out planet-warming emissions by midcentury is needed to stave off the worst consequences of the climate crisis. But there’s a giant gap between the many companies that have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and the much faster action the new report makes clear…

…drought dries up the west

Drought Hits the Southwest, and New Mexico’s Canals Run Dry

By Simon Romero Photo: Ramsay de Give for NYT 07/13/21
Acequias, the fabled irrigation ditches that are a cornerstone of New Mexican culture, have endured centuries of challenges. Can they survive the Southwest’s megadrought?

…wildfires blaze across western states

Wildfires blaze across western states as heatwave shatters records

By Guardian staff and agency Photo: Noah Berger/AP 07/13/21
Warning of potential for ‘extreme growth’ of Oregon blaze as two die in Arizona fire reconnaissance plane crash. Firefighters are working in extreme heat to contain a number of wildfires raging across the US west, with the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heatwave bakes the region and…

…HEAT and all its ramifications

Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome

By James Ross Gardner Photo: Will Matsuda for The New Yorker 10/11/21
The high winds that make up the polar jet stream encircle the Northern Hemisphere like a loosely draped rope. There are typically four or six curves in the rope, the result of the temperature differences between the equator and the North Pole. The pattern of these curves is usually predictable,…

…what a bad month oil seems to be having


…what a bad week oil seems to be having

A bad week for oil

By Catherine Brahic 05/31/21
All three events happened on Wednesday. ExxonMobil suffered a stunning defeat as an activist hedge fund successfully placed two climate-friendly directors on its board. Chevron’s shareholders voted that the company should reduce “scope 3” emissions, which arise from the use of its products (eg, the burning of its petrol in…

…nuclear energy and its role in reaching our climate goals

The controversial future of nuclear power in the U.S.

By Lois Parshley Photo: Georgia Power Company 05/04/21
President Joe Biden has set ambitious goals for fighting climate change: To cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to have a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. The plan requires electricity generation—the easiest economic sector to green, analysts say—to be carbon-free by 2035.

…earth day and the climate summit

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So

By Mark Fischetti Photo: David McNew/Getty Images 04/12/21
An emergency is a serious situation that requires immediate action. When someone calls 911 because they can’t breathe, that’s an emergency. When someone stumbles on the sidewalk because their chest is pounding and their lips are turning blue, that’s an emergency. Both people require help right away. Multiply those individuals…

…Biden’s New Infrastructure Bill

Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy

By Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley Photo by Stefani Reynolds 03/23/21
The president’s plan, worth up to $4 trillion, represents a fundamental shift in the way Democrats talk about tackling climate change: It’s no longer a side issue.

…energy blackouts in Texas

Wind power didn’t cause the Texas blackouts. But it wasn’t just fossil fuels, either

By Sammy Roth 02/18/21
As a deadly winter storm plunged millions of Texans into darkness this week, politicians skeptical of climate change and loyal to the oil and gas industry did what they do best: They blamed renewable energy.    

…electric vehicles are coming! …. as the Biden Climate Plan moves forward


Reaching Back To The New Deal, Biden Proposes A Civilian Climate Corps

By Nathan Rott and Scott Detrow Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR 05/11/21
Members of the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) work on trails near Tally Lake in northwestern Montana. President Biden wants to retool and relaunch one of the country's most celebrated government programs: the Civilian Conservation Corps. MCC crews are already doing some of the work envisioned in Biden's climate proposal.

Assessing Biden’s Climate Plan

By Michael Barbaro 02/02/21

…What will Biden do for climate?

How Joe Biden plans to use executive powers to fight climate change

By Umair Irfan Photo: Drew Angerer 01/06/21
With the Senate question largely resolved, President-elect Joe Biden can now start to focus on policy, including his ambitious agenda to deal with climate change.