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Al Gore's Climate TRACE finds vast undercounts of emissions

It's the first-ever independent global emissions inventory.

8 hours ago - Energy & Environment
UN climate summit warning signs are adding up

From gaps in committed emissions targets to frosty U.S.-China relationship, the warning signs are there.

Updated 9 hours ago - Energy & Environment
First look: After Ida, flood forecasting gets a boost from

Flood forecasts have been added to's platform, and they could result in better decision making.

Sep 9, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Study: Vast majority of fossil fuels needs to stay in ground to hit Paris targets

About 60% of the world's proven oil reserves and 90% of coal need to stay in the ground, a study found.

Updated Sep 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Biden's extreme weather message: code red

He also confirmed his intent to travel to the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow in early November.

Sep 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment
New York region's historic floods send deadly climate change lesson

The changing climate is overwhelming antiquated infrastructure in cities like New York and Newark.

Updated Sep 2, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
9 hours ago - Energy & Environment

First look: Greens seek K Street wedge on climate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Environmentalists are pressing big companies with lofty climate goals to split with their lobbying associations over sweeping Democratic legislation that includes major new clean energy spending and tax incentives.

Driving the news: A suite of climate groups just released an open letter to two dozen companies — including Apple, Walmart, Coca-Cola and Amazon — in the Business Roundtable, which has voiced several concerns about Democrats' wider spending and tax package.

Updated Sep 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment

California fires force Sequoia National Park personnel to evacuate

A person at the base of the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park in 2006. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Two uncontained California wildfires are projected to spread toward Sequoia National Park, forcing around 75 park personnel to evacuate, AP reports.

Why it matters: Park officials said the fires have the potential to threaten a part of the park known as Giant Forest, which is home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias, including one that is considered the largest tree on Earth by volume.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

The precarious White House climate posture

President Biden at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado on Sept. 14, 2021. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The White House is stepping up its PR push for strong climate measures on Capitol Hill even while arguing it can make lots of progress with executive powers.

Driving the news: President Biden yesterday called for congressional action in remarks at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment

A wrinkle in Europe's climate policy debate

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Surging European natural gas and power prices are spilling into the debate over European Unions' plans to implement a suite of aggressive climate policies.

Driving the news: "Had we had the Green Deal five years earlier, we would not be in this position because then we would have less dependence on fossil fuels and on natural gas," Frans Timmermans, a top European Commission official on climate, told a European Parliament meeting Tuesday.

Survey reveals public doubts about climate action before UN summit

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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

New polling indicates pervasive doubts among people in 17 advanced economies about whether China and the U.S. — the world’s two largest carbon emitters — will take meaningful steps to fight climate change.

Why it matters: The Pew Research Center survey released ahead of a critical United Nations climate summit in just over six weeks reveals public skepticism over whether multilateral negotiations will succeed in confronting the problem.

Rare "high-risk" flash flood alert issued as Nicholas nears Louisiana

A street flooded after Tropical Storm Nicholas moved through Galveston, Texas, on Tuesday. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Southwest Louisiana faces a "high risk" of flash flooding from Tropical Depression Nicholas on Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service warned.

Why it matters: Such "high risk" outlooks are rarely issued anywhere in the U.S. There's also a medium risk of flash-flooding in New Orleans, which is still reeling from Hurricane Ida striking the state last month.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 14, 2021 - Energy & Environment

New coal-fired power projects dwindle worldwide

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Recreated from E3G; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of new coal-fired power projects on the drawing boards globally has shrunk significantly amid a wave of cancellations in recent years, per the climate think tank E3G.

Driving the news: Planned projects have fallen by 76% since late 2015 when the Paris Agreement was struck as governments have endorsed new restrictions, the firm's new report states.

Climate risk firm Jupiter Intel announces financing and expansion

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Jupiter Intelligence, an extreme weather and climate risk management firm, announced Tuesday it is picking up a major new Japanese investor, venture capital fund MPower Partners, to jump-start an Asian expansion.

The big picture: The total investment is not yet disclosed, but Jupiter’s co-founder and CEO, Rich Sorkin, told Axios it is "substantially more" than the total investments used to build up Jupiter so far, which puts it above $40 million.

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