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Australian wildfires had bigger influence on climate than lockdowns: Study

The wildfires acted like a volcanic eruption that cooled the planet, a study finds.

6 hours ago - Energy & Environment
Drought pushes 2 major U.S. lakes to historic lows

Lake Powell and the Great Salt Lake are both at their lowest capacity on record.

14 hours ago - Energy & Environment
Study: Get ready for many more record-shattering heatwaves

The study helps explain some of the extreme heat events seen so far in 2021.

Jul 26, 2021 - Energy & Environment
G20 coal impasse previews fraught UN climate summit

The negotiations, which went into overtime, demonstrate how difficult an agreement may be in Glasgow this fall.

Jul 24, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Next heat dome to build across Lower 48, aggravating drought, fires

The next heat event will be long-lived and expansive, though some will escape the worst of it.

Jul 23, 2021 - Energy & Environment
Wildfires in U.S., Siberia are unusually intense, setting emissions records

The massive blazes so far this year have emitted more carbon than usual in North America, while Siberia is tracking high as well.

Updated Jul 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment

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

Private equity giant TPG Capital raises $5.4 billion for new climate fund

Jon Winkelried, co-CEO and partner of TPG Capital LP, speaks during the Bloomberg Equality Summit in New York on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Photo: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Private equity giant TPG this morning said it raised $5.4 billion for the inaugural round of its TPG Rise Climate fund.

Why it matters: Per the New York Times, it's the "largest climate-focused fund in the world." And there's more coming.

How extreme weather feeds inflation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This summer's extreme weather is having ripple effects that could raise food prices in the U.S. and disrupt diets around the world.

Why it matters: Climate scientists and food supply experts, like those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, have long warned about the impact of human-caused global warming on prices, food shortages and hunger.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jul 26, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The uphill climb to a successful United Nations climate summit

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The G20 just offered an extended preview of why spurring on-the-ground emissions cuts — not just airy pledges — will be so tough at the critical U.N. climate summit that's less than 100 days away.

Driving the news: The formal communique from the G20 energy ministers' meeting in Naples, Italy late last week finally arrived just yesterday, a reflection of the difficult and protracted talks.

House Oversight panel demands interview with top Exxon lobbyist over climate

Rep. Ro Khanna, (D-Calif.), seen on Capitol Hill on April 4, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The House Committee on Oversight on Monday requested an interview with ExxonMobil senior lobbyist Keith McCoy regarding the company's efforts "to mislead the global public" and Congress about fossil fuels' role in causing global warming.

Why it matters: The request for a transcribed interview on Aug. 9, sent Monday, comes after McCoy was caught on camera discussing the company's lobbying tactics. This is the most serious congressional action to date related to the widely reported videos in which McCoy spoke candidly and under false pretenses with representatives of the environmental group GreenpeaceUK.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jul 23, 2021 - Energy & Environment

A snapshot of warming's effect on energy use

A brief new analysis explores how the staggering Pacific Northwest heat wave led to higher summer power demand — a topic policymakers must grapple with as the planet warms.

Driving the news: The Energy Information Administration looked at demand in several regions at 5 p.m. — when northwest temperatures often peak — in the three weeks after the summer solstice.

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