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Earth's climate went off the rails in 2021, reports show
Earth's climate went off the rails in 2021, reports show

It may have been only the sixth-warmest year, but extreme events dominated much of the planet in 2021.

Updated 17 hours ago - Energy & Environment
U.S. had its second-highest total of billion dollar climate disasters in 2021

A total of 20 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters killed at least 688 people last year.

Jan 10, 2022 - Energy & Environment
Climate changes linked to Colorado's fire disaster

The urban firestorm could not have happened without a unique combination of climate factors.

Updated Dec 31, 2021 - Science
Exclusive: Youth climate activists get boost from Dutch tech billionaire

Many young people have been volunteering their time and money to protest climate change.

Dec 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment
How the Biden climate agenda could be rescued after Manchin stunner

Expect a far more ad-hoc approach, one that has less of a chance of meeting the administration's goals.

Dec 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment
The climate policy effects of Manchin's "no" on Build Back Better

The bill would have been the biggest climate legislation ever enacted by the U.S.

Dec 19, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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The most startling facts in 2021 climate report

An unsettling part of the human condition today is that the year you were born will most likely be the coolest year of your life, globally speaking.

By the numbers: Newly released climate data from NOAA, NASA and Berkeley Earth show that the planet has had an unbroken streak of 45 years of warmer than average temperatures.

In photos: 2021's devastating climate disasters

Firefighters work on a wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale, Calif., in September 2021. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Climate disasters in 2021 affected millions of lives, caused billions of dollars in economic loss across the world and brought into stark reality the perils of higher temperatures and climate change in general.

The big picture: Early data has ranked 2021 as the sixth warmest year on record. Climatologists have warned that increased surface temperatures make floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, wildfires and tropical storms and hurricanes more common and intense.

Exclusive: FAA's bid to reduce airplane emissions

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The FAA is poised to expand its implementation of continuous approaches at more airports this year to save fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.

State of play: The regulatory agency has also quantified the emissions savings from its efforts in 2021.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 13, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Biden's climate runway is shortening

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Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

The Biden administration is expanding efforts to speed clean electricity expansion with its existing powers, but faces big obstacles to meeting its climate goals without far more help from Congress.

Why it matters: President Biden has set a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free power by 2035 and cutting economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions — that is, power, transport, industry, etc. — in half by 2030.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 12, 2022 - Energy & Environment

White House expands clean energy push as legislation stalls

The 100-megawatt MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array is launched on June 28, 2021 in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The White House is rolling out new multi-agency initiatives to speed renewable power and transmission deployment at a time when Democrats' huge clean energy investment plan has stalled out in Congress.

Why it matters: President Biden has set a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free power by 2035 and accelerating job growth in low-carbon energy.

The last 7 years have been Earth's 7 hottest

Map showing 2021 temperature departures from the 1981-2010 average. (Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF)

The past seven years have been the seven hottest on record, according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service, which released new global temperature data this morning.

Why it matters: The data shows in vivid detail that, even though 2021 was relatively cool compared to other recent years, it still ranked as the fifth warmest year and continued a trend driven by ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the air.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 10, 2022 - Energy & Environment

Edelman client review finds climate problems

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Edelman has reviewed its client list through the lens of climate principles unveiled in November, but the PR giant isn't severing any ties despite finding problems — yet.

Why it matters: Edelman, the world's largest PR firm, is a focal point for activist campaigns against the industry's work with fossil fuel clients.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 10, 2022 - Energy & Environment

The oil industry's decarbonization divide

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A pair of recent surveys shows how plans to curb emissions have only partially taken hold in the oil-and-gas industry.

Driving the news: The Kansas City Fed's latest quarterly poll of firms headquartered or located in its district found that 45% had a plan to reduce CO2 emissions and 41% had a plan to cut methane.

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