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Norway's prime minister on her country's love of EVs

Electric vehicles are everywhere in Norway, yet in the U.S., they're still a fraction of cars sold.

3 hours ago - Energy & Environment
Biden pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% by 2030

The cuts would require sweeping changes across the economy.

Updated Apr 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment
U.S. and China agree to take joint climate action

The problem cannot be solved without these two countries.

Apr 18, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Facebook expands program to fight climate lies

The platform unveiled several changes to the Climate Science Information Center it launched in September.

Feb 18, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Biden's Day 1 challenges: Climate change

He'll reverse Trump's environmental rollbacks, but he can't achieve his biggest goals without Congress.

Nov 16, 2020 - Energy & Environment
How climate change feeds off itself and gets even worse

Air conditioning, water evaporation and other feedback loops.

Aug 31, 2020 - Energy & Environment

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
31 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Exclusive: Biden's economic team makes its case for big climate investments

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has prepared a detailed analysis arguing that big new investments in climate-friendly energy and infrastructure are crucial to U.S. competitiveness and to avoid increasing damage to the economy.

Why it matters: The forthcoming report is the most detailed White House effort yet to explain the economic case for its clean energy R&D and deployment proposals.

The Biden climate doctrine emerges at summit

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

President Biden's climate summit is highlighting a White House approach that blends diplomacy, executive power, salesmanship and a few threats too.

  • Here are a few pillars of the emerging Biden doctrine.

Monica Medina nominated for State Department's top oceans, environment post

President Joe Biden. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden has nominated Monica Medina to become assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the White House announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Medina, the wife of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, previously worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Banks hunt for footing at Biden's climate summit

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Wall Street got a front seat at President Biden's climate summit.

Why it matters: Banks, as financing gateways for other businesses, could help set the tone for the rest of corporate America. They're facing pressure — from world leaders, the United Nations, activists, you name it — to play their biggest role yet in greening the global economy.

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

White House unveils plan to boost international climate financing

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The White House released an international finance strategy Thursday that aims to help other nations fight climate change.

The big picture: A major part of the wide-ranging plan, released as the White House climate summit takes place, calls for Congress to approve big increases in U.S. financing to help other nations curb emissions and adapt to warming.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
21 hours ago - Economy & Business

A zero-carbon future is now the central thesis for most financial giants

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S.-hosted climate summit has now begun, ahead of the bigger U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow in November.

The state of play: One major theme has already emerged: Investing in a zero-carbon future has moved from being a contrarian strategy with virtue-signaling upside, to being the central investing thesis for most giant financial institutions.

Greta Thunberg criticizes "loopholes" in climate commitments at Biden summit

Climate activist Greta Thunberg. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg released a video Thursday denouncing world leaders for the "hypothetical targets" announced at President Biden's virtual climate summit this week.

Why it matters: The virtual summit came hours before Thunberg urged U.S. lawmakers "to listen to and act on the science" in testimony before a House Oversight Committee panel.

All the new emissions targets announced at Biden’s climate summit

President Biden during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22. Photo: Al Drago/Pool/Getty Images

Multiple world leaders announced new targets for reducing greenhouse gases during President Biden's virtual climate summit, which featured more than 40 heads of state and other world and business leaders.

Why it matters: The goal of the summit is to spur more ambitious emissions reductions through non-binding commitments, bringing the world in line with the global warming goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Apr 22, 2021 - World

China's persistent coal demand highlights stakes of Biden's climate summit

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Reproduced from IEA; Chart: Axios Visuals

The chart above shows one reason cutting global emissions is so hard: the persistence of coal, especially in China, where demand for the most carbon-intensive fuel grew even during the pandemic.

The big picture: The International Energy Agency, in a report this week, said it sees global coal demand increasing by 4.5% in 2021 after last year's decline.

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