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Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Was your heating bill a bit friendlier to your wallet this winter? If so, there’s a good chance you can thank El Niño. The exceptionally strong El Niño in the Pacific has been driving chaotic weather across the globe for months, but it also contributed to a mild winter in the U.S., which was about 15 percent warmer than the winter of 2014-2015.… Read More

2016 Election Critical to Success of Paris Climate Pact

2016 Election Critical to Success of Paris Climate Pact

The 2016 presidential election is likely to be enormously consequential to the success of the Paris climate agreement, due to be signed Friday at the United Nations, and the ability of the United States to lead the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to “well below” 2°C (3.6°F).… Read More

Coal Decline Pushes Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy

Coal Decline Pushes Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal producer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday, the latest casualty in an industry that has been shaken by the recent shale gas boom, climate change policy and economics that greatly disfavor coal production. In a statement, Peabody Energy said that it will operate as usual as it reorganizes and sells… Read More

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Suit Against the Clean Power Plan, Explained

The Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate change policy, is being challenged in federal appeals court and its future is expected to hinge on the outcome of at least one court decision — and possibly two — over the next year. The merits of the lawsuit are set to be argued June 2 before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read More

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

White House: Climate Change Poses Urgent Health Risk

Climate change is a major threat to human health, with extreme heat likely to kill 27,000 Americans annually by 2100, according to a report released Monday by the White House. The report, by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, outlines numerous ways global warming could devastate public health in the U.S. this century. Global warming will… Read More

U.S., China to Sign Paris Climate Accord in April

U.S., China to Sign Paris Climate Accord in April

The United States and China confirmed this week that they will sign the Paris climate change agreement in New York on April 22, a move that officials hope will help the accord enter into force this year. The world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters issued a joint presidential statement in which they called on other countries to sign the accord… Read More

Study Questions China’s CO2 Emissions Dip

Study Questions China’s CO2 Emissions Dip

China’s greenhouse gas emissions are on a downward trajectory, but its emissions may not have fallen quite as much over the past two years as the Chinese government and the International Energy Agency have suggested. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, which says China’s emissions may have actually … Read More

NGOs Pushing for Enforceable Global Aviation Deal

NGOs Pushing for Enforceable Global Aviation Deal

A deal this fall to cap carbon emissions from global aviation at 2020 levels must be enforceable and set long-term goals in line with the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, a coalition of environmental groups said. Aviation was excluded from the landmark climate accord in Paris in December. But carbon emissions from the sector could triple by … Read More

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