Carbon emissions

New York's big climate move

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: John Paraskevas/Newsday via Getty Images

New York is on the cusp of passing the nation's most aggressive climate and energy law.

Why it matters: The deal that emerged between lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo early this week is among the most striking examples of states enacting tougher policies as the White House unwinds federal efforts.

Study finds massive Defense Department carbon emissions

In this image, the Pentagon is seen from a distance.
The Pentagon. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's Defense Department uses more oil and emits more greenhouse gases than any other institution on Earth, according to a new Brown University study.

The impact: The study found that if the Pentagon, which oversees the U.S. military, were a nation, its emissions would rank it as the world's 55th largest contributor of greenhouse gases. The department has been responsible for some 80% of all U.S. government energy consumption since 2001.