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Biden pledges to double U.S. climate funding to developing nations

The aid brings U.S. public finance pledges to about $11 billion.

Sep 21, 2021 - Energy & Environment
White House aims to protect workers from extreme heat

The steps include an OSHA rule on heat safety.

Sep 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Al Gore's Climate TRACE finds vast undercounts of emissions

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

Sep 16, 2021 - 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 Sep 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment
First look: After Ida, flood forecasting gets a boost from Tomorrow.io

Flood forecasts have been added to Tomorrow.io'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

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

White House moves against "super-pollutant" in climate fight

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The EPA is finalizing rules today that cut powerful greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, part of a wider new White House strategy to deter these "super-pollutants" and boost manufacturing of substitutes.

Why it matters: The EPA regulation is the U.S. part of a planned global phase-down of chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons. The global phaseout can prevent up 0.5 °C of global warming by 2100, the White House said.

Air quality alerts issued as California fires threaten more sequoias

The Windy Fire blazes through the Long Meadow Grove of giant sequoia trees near the Trail of 100 Giants in Sequoia National Forest, near California Hot Springs, on Tuesday. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Two wildfires were threatening California's sequoia trees overnight — hours after authorities issued fresh evacuation orders and warnings, along with air quality alerts.

The big picture: Air quality alerts were issued Wednesday for the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley as smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires resulted in hazy, "ash-filled" skies from Fresno to Tulare, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The road to COP26 gets slightly easier

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The bad diplomatic vibes heading into the critical United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, might be improving slightly.

Catch up fast: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to end overseas finance for building new coal-fired power plants and boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

The carbon toll of summer blazes

The widespread wildfires that stretched across the Northern Hemisphere this summer set records for their carbon dioxide emissions, particularly in Siberia, according to data released Tuesday.

Why it matters: The severe fire season in Siberia is tied in part to unusually warm conditions with low soil moisture, which studies have linked to human-caused climate change.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Sep 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Exclusive: Leonardo DiCaprio invests in cultivated-meat startups

DiCaprio addresses the UN at the signing of the Paris Agreement for Climate Change in 2016. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in a pair of cultivated meat startups and joining their advisory boards, Axios can report first.

Why it matters: Cultivated meat — which is grown from animal cells — is still in early stages and has garnered criticism from some greens, but DiCaprio's involvement provides a boost from one of the world's most prominent climate activists.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 21, 2021 - Energy & Environment

China vows end to building coal-fired power plants abroad

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Mary Altaffer/Pool/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

Why it matters: The pledge, if maintained, would mark a breakthrough in efforts to transition global power away from the most carbon-emitting fuel.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Jeff Bezos's climate fund is steering $1 billion into conservation

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Jeff Bezos' climate philanthropy on Monday pledged $1 billion for conservation and biodiversity, with the first grants beginning later this year focused on the Congo Basin, the Andes region and the Pacific Ocean.

Driving the news: The money will be used to "create, expand, manage, and monitor protected and conserved areas," according to the announcement.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 20, 2021 - Energy & Environment

More warning signs ahead of COP26

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Data: OECD; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Two new reports show the gap between multilateral climate goals and what's actually happening.

Driving the news: OECD data shows developed economies are falling short of a 2009 pledge to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to help developing nations cut emissions and adapt to warming.

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