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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
The GOP faces a generational gap on climate change

Republican millennials are much more likely than boomers to want the federal government to play a role.

Jun 24, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Gauging the public pulse on climate and energy policy

There is bipartisan support for renewables but steep divides over fossil fuels.

Nov 26, 2019 - Energy & Environment
What your city's climate will be in 2080

Future climate conditions may have no parallel in modern human history, researchers say.

Updated Feb 15, 2019 - Energy & Environment

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
17 hours ago - Economy & Business

SEC to push companies to disclose more about climate risks

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Securities and Exchange Commission is planning to push companies to disclose more info about risks that climate change poses to their business — and signaled that tougher policies could be in the offing.

Driving the news: Allison Herren Lee, the regulator's acting chair, said Wednesday that the SEC would bolster its focus on how companies are responding to its 2010 guidance on the topic.

Feb 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate confirms Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary

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The Senate on Tuesday voted 92-7 to confirm former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

The big picture: Vilsack, a longtime supporter of President Biden, is returning to the department he led for eight years under the Obama administration. He served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007.

Feb 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Houston mayor: Blaming renewables for Texas blackouts "disingenuous"

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo: Thomas Shea/AFP vis Getty Images

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday that blaming this week's mass power outages on renewable energy is "disingenuous."

Driving the news: Several Republicans, as well as conservative commentators have falsely blamed wind and solar energy for the blackouts, which left millions of people across Texas in the dark amid frigid temperatures and snow and ice storms.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 19, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The Federal Reserve's deepening look at climate

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

A key member of the Federal Reserve's board said climate change is "already imposing substantial economic costs" as she laid out new information about the Fed's approach to the topic.

Why it matters: Lael Brainard's remarks signal the Fed's deepening involvement in the nexus between global warming and the financial system.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 19, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Living with climate catastrophe

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

From stronger storms to Arctic warming to California fires, rising atmospheric carbon levels mean there's no escaping the fallout from global warming. Now, we're plunged into a new world of managing the consequences.

Why it matters: Some regions will require power grids more prepared for extreme heat and cold. But the needs go far beyond power systems to building codes, workplace regulations and design and placement of infrastructure.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Feb 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The battle over climate change's most important number

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Economists are urging the U.S. government to adopt a higher number for the social cost of carbon emissions.

Why it matters: The social cost of carbon might be the single most important number on climate change, one that helps decide how much we're willing to invest to slow global warming — and how much we actually value the future.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment

India's demand for coal may have peaked in 2018

Reproduced from Ember; Chart: Axios Visuals

The clean energy think tank Ember finds India's coal demand may have peaked in 2018 and might never fully return from further declines during the pandemic.

Driving the news: That would break with projections that India's coal thirst will keep rising for a long time as the growing nation's overall energy demand surges.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 16, 2021 - Economy & Business

Agribusiness group readies to lobby on climate change

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A coalition of agribusiness and environmental groups focused on climate policy has formally registered to lobby.

The big picture: The Biden administration is vowing to boost the Agriculture Department's work on climate change.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Feb 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment

IBM pledges net-zero emissions by 2030

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IBM is pledging to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, becoming the latest tech giant to unveil a target that will require tangible near-term steps to succeed.

Why it matters: The tech industry has a big energy footprint thanks to power-hungry data centers and other operations.

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