Climate change

The big picture

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
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

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White House removes Trump-appointed scientist from overseeing climate report

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has removed Trump-appointed atmospheric scientist Betsy Weatherhead from her role overseeing a comprehensive report on how climate change is affecting the U.S., the Washington Post first reported Monday.

Why it matters: Weatherhead has not been fired — merely reassigned to the U.S. Geological Survey — the move represents an effort by the Biden administration to remove Trump-era appointees from scientific roles, per CNN.

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

Treasury Dept. unveils climate "hub" and names former Obama official as lead

The U.S. Treasury Building. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The Treasury Department offered more information Monday on plans to expand its focus on global warming, and said John E. Morton, a climate finance expert who served in the Obama administration, will lead the efforts.

Why it matters: Announcement of the new "Climate Hub" and Morton's appointment signal how the Biden administration is stitching climate policy into the fabric of agencies across the government.

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

Emissions modeling underscores need for sweeping energy transformations

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Data: IEA; Chart: Axios Visuals

International Energy Agency modeling underscores the kind of sweeping energy transformations needed in the relatively near future to meet the Paris Agreement's temperature goals.

The big picture: The chart above via IEA's World Energy Outlook last October shows changes in demand for various fuel sources in three IEA scenarios.

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

Amazon renewables rollout highlights corporate climate push

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Amazon Monday morning announced investments in several new utility-scale wind and solar projects and said it's now Europe's largest corporate renewable power buyer.

The big picture: Look for a burst of corporate clean energy and climate pledges this week as companies hope to show their bona fides alongside this week's White House global climate summit and Earth Day.

Cities up the ante on their climate pledges

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Cities and states continue to push forward on their climate goals, raising their level of ambition as the White House prepares to host a global climate summit this week.

Why it matters: Cities account for a significant share of emissions and worked to reduce them despite the Trump-era federal pullback. City leaders also must prepare for climate impacts such as the sea-level rise and more intense heat waves.

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

What to expect from this week's White House climate summit

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Get ready for lofty statements, urgent calls for carbon-cutting progress, new pledges — and known unknowns about how much concrete action will follow — at President Biden's global climate summit this week.

What we're watching: The White House will showcase a new 2030 U.S. emissions-cutting target and unveil plans for billions of dollars to help developing nations fight climate change, according to Bloomberg.

World must sharply cut emissions by 2030 to meet Paris climate goals

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Data: SSP/Global Carbon Project; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The odds of calamitous climate events, from collapsing polar ice sheets and the ensuing sharp rises in sea levels to deadly heat waves, increases dramatically if the world exceeds the Paris Climate Agreement's temperature targets.

Why it matters: In order to have a decent chance of meeting the agreement's most ambitious temperature target — holding warming to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels — greenhouse gas emissions need to be sharply reduced before 2030.

Apr 16, 2021 - World

Top official says asking China to do more on climate is "not very realistic"

Le Yucheng in 2015. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images

China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng told AP on Friday that China is unlikely to pursue climate proposals beyond its current arsenal, calling it "not very realistic" for a country of 1.4 billion people.

Why it matters: Despite heightened geopolitical tensions, the Biden administration has emphasized the need to partner with China on climate change. Le's comments come as Biden's climate envoy John Kerry is discussing the issue in meetings with Chinese officials in Shanghai.

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

Biden's trade chief makes climate change focus of her first speech

Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's top trade negotiator is pledging to employ trade policy levers to fight climate change and ecological degradation, warning of a "closing window to prevent a catastrophic environmental chain reaction."

Why it matters: U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Thursday made climate change the focus of her first speech in the role. The decision underscores how the White House hopes to marshal a wide-ranging, government-wide approach to the topic.

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