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  1. Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns Climate, Today

    A landmark report from the International Energy Agency says countries need to move faster and more aggressively to cut planet-warming pollution.

  2. Supreme Court Gives Big Oil a Win in Climate Fight With Cities Climate, Yesterday

    But in the case, filed by the city of Baltimore, the high court gave the fossil fuel industry far less than it had asked for.

  3. Bitcoin’s Effect on Global Warming Letters, May 16

    A reader says too little attention has been paid to the industry's impact on the environment. Also: The problem with foster care.

  4. La basura espacial podría convertirse en un gran problema durante las próximas décadas en Español, May 16

    Los cambios en la atmósfera causados por las emisiones de dióxido de carbono podrían aumentar la cantidad de escombros que permanece en órbita.

  5. We’re Not Ready for the Next Big Climate Disasters Op Ed, May 14

    Any infrastructure bill should include money to protect communities from flooding, storms, drought and wildfires.

  6. The Hoover Dam Made Life in the West Possible. Or So We Thought. Op Ed, May 14

    Climate change threatens Las Vegas and every other desert oasis town.

  7. Biden Administration to Repeal Trump Rule Aimed at Curbing E.P.A.’s Power Climate, May 13

    The cost-benefit rule limited the way the E.P.A. could justify clean air regulations. Its repeal will take effect in 30 days.

  8. The Electrification of New York City Vehicles Interactive, May 13

    New York City's sanitation department unveiled a fully electric street sweeper last week.

  9. Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System Climate, May 13

    Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a “wake-up call.”

  10. Climate Change Is Making Big Problems Bigger Climate, May 12

    New data compiled by the E.P.A. shows how global warming is making life harder for Americans in myriad ways that threaten their health, safety and homes.

  11. What if Space Junk and Climate Change Become the Same Problem? Science, May 12

    Changes to the atmosphere caused by carbon dioxide emissions could increase the amount of debris that stays in orbit.

  12. A breakthrough for U.S. wind power Climate, May 12

    After long delays, the nation’s first big offshore project has won approval

  13. How Hospitals Can Help Patients and the Planet Special Sections, May 12

    Health care systems are trying to answer the central question of how to care for patients when climate change threatens their ability to remain open.

  14. There’s a New Definition of ‘Normal’ for Weather Interactive, May 12

    New baseline data for temperature, rain, snow and other weather events reveal how the climate has changed in the United States.

  15. For Clean Energy, Buy American or Buy It Quick and Cheap? Business, May 11

    President Biden says slowing climate change will create jobs. Tension between unions and environmentalists shows it’s not so simple.

  16. Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm Climate, May 11

    The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, would generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.

  17. Gas Flaring Declined in 2020, Study Finds Climate, May 10

    A new report offers a detailed picture of flaring around the world, with steep declines in some areas and surprising increases in others.

  18. ‘¿Lo necesito?’: la pandemia ha hecho que mucha gente se duche menos en Español, May 9

    Algunas personas dijeron que empezaron a bañarse menos durante la pandemia. Mientras nadie se queje, dicen que planean mantener el nuevo hábito.

  19. E-Commerce Mega-Warehouses, a Smog Source, Face New Pollution Rule Climate, May 8

    A plan aimed at the nation’s largest cluster of warehouses is designed to spur electrification of pollution-spewing diesel trucks and could set a template for restrictions elsewhere.

  20. Melting Glaciers Have Exposed Frozen Relics of World War I Express, May 8

    Artifacts from the White War — a battle between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops that took place in the forbidding heights of the Alps — are on their way to a museum.

  21. Erased From a Davos Photo, a Ugandan Climate Activist Is Back in the Picture Foreign, May 7

    When Vanessa Nakate, 24, was cropped out of a wire photo featuring her and four white activists, it drew attention that she now uses to expand her work in Uganda and beyond.

  22. Biden Promises to ‘Build Back Better.’ Some Climate Experts See Trouble. Climate, May 6

    Critics say the administration hasn’t defined a clear climate resilience strategy and has been slow to fill key jobs to coordinate that work.

  23. See Fewer People. Take Fewer Showers. Express, May 6

    Some people said they started bathing less during the pandemic. As long as no one complains, they say they plan to keep the new habit.

  24. Two Important Moves on Emissions Climate, May 5

    Congress and the Biden administration are taking action aimed at sharply restricting a pair of potent greenhouse gases.

  25. Emissions Cuts Could Drop the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans by Half Climate, May 5

    A new study said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100.

  26. ‘Climate Change Is Not a Subjective Thing.’ How Does the U.S. Approach to the Environment Look From Abroad? Op Ed, May 5

    From recycling to carbon emissions, we asked 10 people from around the world what they thought of America’s approach to the environment. It didn’t go well.

  27. ‘Climate Change Is Not a Subjective Thing.’ How Does the U.S. Approach to the Environment Look From Abroad? Video, May 5

    We asked 10 people from around the world what they thought of America’s approach to the environment. It didn’t go well.

  28. Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change Climate, May 4

    The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis.

  29. Why California Is Planning to Ban Fracking National, May 4

    Tuesday: A conversation with state officials about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban fracking and phase out oil extraction in California.

  30. A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves Climate, May 3

    The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

  31. The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless Express, May 3

    The restaurant will no longer serve meat or seafood when it reopens, Daniel Humm, the chef, said. “The current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways,” he said.

  32. E.P.A. to Sharply Limit Powerful Greenhouse Gases Climate, May 3

    The Biden administration is moving quickly to limit hydrofluorocarbons, the Earth-warming chemicals used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.

  33. ‘Firefighters Out There in the Snow’: Wildfires Rage Early in Parched West National, April 30

    Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

  34. ‘Firefighters Out There in the Snow’: Wildfires Rage Early in Parched West National, April 30

    Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

  35. In Opposing Climate and Diversity Proposals, Buffett Risks Looking Out of Step Business, April 30

    Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders are expected to follow the chairman’s lead and reject demands for more disclosures.

  36. German High Court Hands Youth a Victory in Climate Change Fight Foreign, April 29

    The government must expand its plan to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050, the country’s highest court ruled. The decision requires lawmakers to make long-term commitments.

  37. People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere. Climate, April 28

    Researchers uncovered stark disparities between white people and minorities across thousands of categories of pollution, including trucks, industry, agriculture and even restaurants.

  38. After the summit: Biden’s to-do list Climate, April 28

    The president set some lofty goals. Now, it’s all about money and politics.

  39. Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane Climate, April 28

    Senate Democrats on Wednesday deployed a once-obscure law to resurrect Obama-era regulations on methane that the Trump administration had wiped away.

  40. Epicurious Has a Beef With Beef Business, April 27

    The popular cooking website will not publish new beef recipes over concerns about climate change. “We think of this decision as not anti-beef but rather pro-planet,” an article said.

  41. Can the U.S. Win Back Its Climate Credibility? The Daily, April 27

    At a summit he convened, the president discovered how difficult it will be to re-establish America as an environmental leader.

  42. Beer, Brussels Sprouts, Bernie Madoff and Today’s G.O.P. Op Ed, April 26

    Republican pundits and politicians are manufacturing red meat for their followers, regardless of truth.

  43. Lockdowns Cut South Asia Smog. They Could Fill Reservoirs, Too. Climate, April 26

    Coronavirus restrictions reduced pollution that makes snow melt faster, which could help water supplies for 300 million last longer this year.

  44. Biden’s Bet on a Climate Transition Carries Big Risks Climate, April 24

    The president’s plans to cut emissions in half by 2030 relies heavily on a government effort to steer the development of new industries, but business leaders are fretting over the rapid timeline.

  45. Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says Climate, April 24

    A major United Nations report will declare that slashing emissions of methane, the main component of natural gas, is far more vital than previously thought.

  46. Biden’s Climate Summit Sets Up a Bigger Test of American Power Climate, April 23

    There were notable pledges of action, but several important greenhouse gas polluters were conspicuously silent. It showed the challenges that lie ahead.

  47. On Climate, Biden Takes On ‘Our Generation’s Moonshot’ Politics, April 23

    To get a handle on how the president’s international climate commitments will need to jibe with his domestic policy agenda, we called Nathaniel Keohane, an economist, former Obama adviser and climate expert.

  48. ‘Listen to Greta’: Act Now on Climate Change Letters, April 23

    As world leaders gathered to discuss what they can do, readers urge that we acknowledge “the pain and the reality of global warming” and “take bold action now.”

  49. The White House warns that the U.S. lags behind China on developing clean technologies. Washington, April 23

    A new report warns that, without a significant investment in research and development, America could become dependent on its competitors.

  50. The White House warns that the U.S. lags behind China on developing clean technologies. Washington, April 23

    A new report warns that, without a significant investment in research and development, America could become dependent on its competitors.

  51. Krugman Wonks Out: The China Shock and the Climate Shock Op Ed, April 23

    Change is inevitable, but can we cushion the impact on communities?

  52. China and the Climate N Y T Now, April 23

    If the U.S. leads on climate, will other countries follow?

  53. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the last day of Biden’s climate summit. Washington, April 23

    Top business leaders will join world leaders, and Biden administration officials will later participate in a CNN town hall.

  54. The April 23 Earth Day Climate Summit Biden live blog included two standalone posts:
  55. Biden, Calling for Action, Commits U.S. to Halving Its Climate Emissions Climate, April 22

    Addressing leaders at a virtual summit meeting he convened, the president cast the fight against global warming as an economic opportunity for the world.

  56. Getting Real About Coal and Climate Op Ed, April 22

    A document from the United Mine Workers offers reason to hope.

  57. Biden picks a NOAA chief, looking to end the agency’s long stretch without a leader. Washington, April 22

    President Biden said he would nominate Rick Spinrad, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  58. Biden Wants to Slash Emissions. Success Would Mean a Very Different America. Climate, April 22

    Hitting the targets could require a rapid shift to electric vehicles, the expansion of forests nationwide, development of complex new carbon-capture technology and many other changes, researchers said.

  59. Highlights From Day 1 of the International Climate Summit Video, April 22

    To kick off Earth Day, the Biden administration hosted an international climate summit to raise awareness of the increasing impacts of global warming. Leaders from all over the globe renewed their dedication to fighting climate change.

  60. The virtual summit makes history, but proves even world leaders aren’t immune to tech issues. Washington, April 22

  61. What Slashing Emissions Could Mean for You Interactive, April 22

    President Biden announced an ambitious goal at today’s climate summit: a plan to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in half.

  62. When Climate Breakdown Hits Home: ‘Our Small Town Now Has a Rush Hour’ Op Ed, April 22

    Readers share how environmental issues are changing their lives.

  63. Britain, Norway, the United States and businesses join forces to protect tropical forests. Climate, April 22

    The effort seeks to rally more than $1 billion for countries that can show they are lowering emissions by protecting tropical forests

  64. Britain, Norway and the United States join forces with businesses to protect tropical forests. Climate, April 22

    The effort seeks to rally more than $1 billion for countries that can show they are lowering emissions by protecting tropical forests

  65. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, promises to ‘strictly limit’ coal. Climate, April 22

    The United States is history’s largest emitter. China is today’s largest emitter.

  66. Somos parte de la naturaleza en Español, April 22

    El Día de la Tierra puede ser un buen recordatorio de que todos los seres vivos importan y de que compartimos un mundo que hemos tratado de excluir por completo.

  67. How You Can Help the Climate This Earth Day National, April 22

    Thursday: Reducing and recycling can still go a long way. Plus, a surprising pandemic shortage.

  68. ‘8 Billion Angels’ Review: Giving Earth Top Billing Weekend, April 22

    This documentary about climate injustice feels defanged by its unfocused structure.

  69. The U.S. Has a New Climate Goal. How Does It Stack Up Globally? Interactive, April 22

    President Biden’s new pledge to cut emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is one of the more aggressive near-term targets among advanced economies.

  70. 50 Things You Can Do for the Earth Right Now Book Review, April 22

    In “The Climate Diet,” Paul Greenberg offers some suggestions for combating climate change, from switching out your light bulbs to asking your municipality to think about where it gets its energy.

  71. What’s on the agenda for Biden’s climate summit, and who’s attending? Washington, April 22

    President Biden’s climate summit on Earth Day features high-profile speakers and attendees, including Pope Francis.

  72. Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050, Insurance Giant Warns Climate, April 22

    Poor nations would be particularly hard hit, but few would escape, Swiss Re said. The findings could influence how the industry prices insurance and invests its mammoth portfolios.

  73. La promesa de Bolsonaro de proteger la Amazonía es recibida con escepticismo en Español, April 22

    El gobierno brasileño se pone a tono con la gestión de Biden y anuncia un plan de protección al medioambiente que requiere millones de dólares en ayuda internacional.

  74. 5 Books to Read This Earth Day Interactive, April 21

    If you’re inspired to pick up a book about climate change, here are five good options.

  75. Trudeau Was a Global Climate Hero. Now Canada Risks Falling Behind. Foreign, April 21

    Canada is the only G7 nation whose greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement. The main reason: its oil sands.

  76. On TV, Spend Earth Day With David, Greta … or Cher? Culture, April 21

    This year’s specials include a Greta Thunberg documentary, a David Attenborough extravaganza, James Cameron on whales and Cher rescuing an elephant.

  77. The Earth Day Edition Climate, April 21

    We answer some big climate questions. Plus, this week’s news.

  78. The Earth Day Edition Climate, April 21

    We answer some big climate questions. Plus, this week’s news.

  79. Bolsonaro’s Sudden Pledge to Protect the Amazon Met With Skepticism Foreign, April 21

    The Biden era has prompted Brazil to take steps to repair its record as an environmental scoundrel — for which it’s seeking billions of dollars from the international community.

  80. New Yorkers React to Derek Chauvin Verdict Metro, April 21

    New York residents and public figures responded with surprise, elation and resignation.

  81. New Yorkers React to Derek Chauvin Verdict Metro, April 21

    New York residents and public figures responded with surprise, elation and resignation.

  82. Biden Will Pledge to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Nearly in Half Climate, April 20

    The president will commit the United States to deep cuts in emissions at an Earth Day summit meeting that starts on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.

  83. Biden Is Pushing a Climate Agenda. Gina McCarthy Has to Make It Stick. Climate, April 20

    Gina McCarthy, Barack Obama’s E.P.A. chief, could only watch as the Trump administration dismantled her climate work. Now, she’s back with another chance to build a lasting legacy.

  84. China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With an Ugly Dilemma Business, April 20

    President Biden’s vow to work with China on issues like climate change is clashing with his promise to defend human rights.

  85. Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks Climate, April 20

    To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.

  86. Painting a Picture of Climate Change Summary, April 20

    To help explain to children the urgency of a warmer planet, a visual journalist created artwork with a playful approach.

  87. Why Is Fashion Talking About Regenerative Farming? Styles, April 20

    Brands like North Face, Allbirds and Patagonia, as well as the Kering luxury group, are all about agriculture these days. Here’s the dirt.

  88. Amid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America’s Word Good? Climate, April 19

    After four years of “America First,” the president tries this week to reclaim U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. Can the world trust his promises?

  89. The Climate Clock Now Ticks With a Tinge of Optimism Culture, April 19

    The display in New York’s Union Square, which reports the window to address global warming, now also measures the rising use of renewable energy.

  90. The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof Climate, April 19

    Definitive answers to the big questions.

  91. The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof Climate, April 19

    Definitive answers to the big questions.

  92. The Fed Faces Criticism as It Wades Into Climate and Equity Issues Business, April 19

    The Federal Reserve is proudly politically independent. That makes key discussions around climate change and racial inequity a balancing act.

  93. There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It. Climate, April 19

    The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.

  94. We Were Born to Be Wild Op Ed, April 19

    Earth Day is a reminder that we are living creatures all the same.

  95. A Climate Change Guide for Kids Interactive, April 18

    The future could be bad, or it could be better. You can help decide.

  96. The Climate Threat Posed by Plastics Letters, April 18

    “Clearly, Amazon is not the only culprit in this sorry mess,” a reader writes. “But it is the largest and the one whose positive actions would have the greatest impact.”

  97. Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road? Interactive, March 10

    A new car sold today can last a decade or two before retiring. This “fleet turnover” poses a major challenge for climate policy.

  98. In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers Interactive, March 2

    A warming atmosphere is causing a branch of the ocean’s powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear.

  99. Why Is It So Cold in the United States? Interactive, February 18

    Here’s why the weather went wild, even as the globe is warming.

  100. They’re Arctic Survivors. How Will They Adapt to Climate Change? Interactive, February 11

    Crisscrossing the tundra, digging dens, chasing prey: a rare look at the elusive wolverine in a rapidly changing region.

  101. Where 2020's Record Heat Was Felt the Most Interactive, January 14

    Data issued Thursday by NASA confirmed that 2020 has effectively tied the hottest year on record. That means the last seven years have been the warmest since the beginning of modern record-keeping.

  102. New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet Interactive, December 29

    Here are some ideas you wonderful readers sent to us.

  103. Konrad Steffen Was a Prophet of Climate Change, and its Victim Interactive, December 23

    The very ice melt he warned would threaten the planet turned out to be his undoing.

  104. The Year in Climate Interactive, December 16

    A lot happened in 2020. Here’s how The Times’s Climate Desk covered it.

  105. How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis Interactive, December 16

    Climate change is propelling enormous human migrations, transforming global agriculture and remaking the world order — and no country stands to gain more than Russia.

  106. They’re Among the World’s Oldest Living Things. The Climate Crisis Is Killing Them. Interactive, December 9

    California’s redwoods, sequoias and Joshua trees define the American West and nature’s resilience through the ages. Wildfires this year were their deadliest test.

  107. How Does Your State Make Electricity? Interactive, October 28

    America isn’t making electricity the way it did two decades ago. Now the future of the nation’s energy mix has become a major election issue.

  108. In the West, Lightning Grows as a Cause of Damaging Fires Interactive, October 23

    In the West, wildfires caused by lightning have been growing bigger and occurring more frequently. With climate change, other parts of the country may feel the effects, too.

  109. How Trump and Biden Differ on the Environment Interactive, October 22

    The presidential candidates sharply oppose each other on a number of environmental issues. Let’s take a closer look.

  110. The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. Interactive, October 16

    The White House has dismantled major climate and environmental policies focused on clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals. Here’s how it adds up.

  111. A Field Guide to the Election and Climate Change Interactive, October 14

    The climate crisis has risen as a major concern among voters. The two candidates have profoundly different approaches on energy, public lands and environmental priorities.

  112. El mayor humedal tropical del mundo se ha convertido en un infierno Interactive, October 13

    Este año, alrededor de una cuarta parte del vasto humedal el Pantanal en Brasil, uno de los lugares más biodiversos del planeta, ha sucumbido bajo las llamas de los incendios forestales que el cambio climático ha empeorado.

  113. What Made This a Record Fire Season? It Started With Lightning Interactive, October 2

    An unusual confluence of weather conditions sent nearly 14,000 bolts of lightning into the dry, hot forests of Northern California in August. But that was only the beginning.

  114. Every Place Under Threat Interactive, October 2

    In the Amazon, today's environmental problems become tomorrow's catastrophe.

  115. Why ‘Biodegradable’ Isn’t What You Think Interactive, October 1

    It sounds positive, but there are a few ways the label ‘biodegradable’ may cause more problems than it solves.

  116. Viaje al interior de las temibles tormentas de Córdoba Interactive, July 23

    Los científicos estudian el clima extremo en una provincia de Argentina para comprender su funcionamiento y aprender algo sobre los monstruosos fenómenos climáticos del futuro.

  117. What’s Going on Inside the Fearsome Thunderstorms of Córdoba Province? Interactive, July 22

    Scientists are studying the extreme weather in northern Argentina to see how it works — and what it can tell us about the monster storms in our future.

  118. Learning From the Kariba Dam Interactive, July 22

    Climate change and neglect have brought the mammoth structure at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe to the brink of calamity — a crisis prefigured in the dam’s troubling colonial history.

  119. New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America Interactive, June 29

    Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger.

  120. Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment Interactive, June 5

    Our global climate reporter suggests some smart reads on how they're related.

  121. A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before Interactive, April 30

    NASA's new ICESat-2 satellite provides the most detailed look yet of where the continent is losing and gaining ice.

  122. The Year You Finally Read a Book About Climate Change Interactive, April 19

    If the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has inspired you to finally read a book about climate change, we’re here to help you find just the right one.