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  1. Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos Climate, Yesterday

    New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced.

  2. Time for a Tantrum? Business, Yesterday

    The bond markets are getting fussy.

  3. The Texas Crisis Could Become Everyone’s Crisis Op Ed, Yesterday

    Will the crisis in Texas become the new normal? David Wallace-Wells and Leah Stokes discuss.

  4. Granholm Sworn In as Energy Secretary Video, February 25

    Jennifer M. Granholm on Thursday became the second woman to lead the Department of Energy, an agency with a key role in creating a greener economy under the Biden administration.

  5. How We Can Better Predict Weather Catastrophes Op Ed, February 25

    We need to develop an early warning system to forecast climate-induced extreme weather events.

  6. Jennifer Granholm is confirmed as energy secretary. Climate, February 25

    Ms. Granholm will oversee an agency that plays a leading role in researching and developing new energy technologies.

  7. Texas Is a Rich State in a Rich Country, and Look What Happened Op Ed, February 25

    We don’t realize how fragile the basic infrastructure of our civilization is.

  8. Vuelve ‘cambio climático’ y sale ‘extranjero ilegal’. Con Biden cambia el lenguaje del gobierno en Español, February 24

    Con Trump se rehizo “la realidad a través del lenguaje”, dijo una experta. La nueva gestión de la Casa Blanca está haciendo lo mismo.

  9. Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation Climate, February 24

    Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

  10. Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen Climate, February 24

    What happened in Texas is a warning for the rest of America

  11. The Words That Are In and Out With the Biden Administration Washington, February 24

    “The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

  12. Can You Believe This Is Happening in America? Op Ed, February 23

    We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.

  13. Biden’s Climate Envoy, at U.N., Likens Global Inaction to a ‘Suicide Pact’ Climate, February 23

    John Kerry’s remarks stood in sharp contrast to the American stance under the previous administration, which tried to block even general mentions of global warming at the world body.

  14. Fight Over Deb Haaland, First Native American Cabinet Pick, Reflects Partisan Divide Climate, February 22

    President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Democrats see her as embodying the hopes of the new administration; Republicans object to her activism.

  15. Seismic Survey of Alaskan Arctic Refuge Won’t Move Forward Climate, February 22

    A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed.

  16. What’s Really Behind Corporate Promises on Climate Change? Business, February 22

    Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

  17. Lessons on Resilience From Dogs and Dog Sledders Op Ed, February 22

    The adventurer Blair Braverman has led a team of sled dogs over a 900-mile race in Alaska, seen her skin dissolve in the desert and overcome Covid-19. What makes it all less terrifying? Accepting the unknown.

  18. Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year Climate, February 22

    The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

  19. Texas Blackouts Point to Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen Climate, February 20

    Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one-third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

  20. U.S. Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement Video, February 19

    President Biden told leaders of the Group of 7 nations that climate change was a priority for his administration as the United States formally rejoined the Paris climate agreement on Friday.

  21. The Lessons of the Texas Power Disaster Editorial, February 19

    The entire nation’s energy delivery system needs an overhaul.

  22. When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood.’ Climate, February 19

    Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

  23. As Winter Sweeps the South, Fed Officials Focus on Climate Change Business, February 18

    A top Federal Reserve official says climate scenario analysis could be valuable in making sure that banks mind their climate-tied weak spots.

  24. 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.

  25. No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts Climate, February 17

    The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

  26. No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts Climate, February 17

    The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

  27. The Far-Reaching Effects of the Storm, on Power and People Climate, February 17

    The storm that battered Texas showed the limitations of its power grid and disproportionately affected some of the state’s most vulnerable communities.

  28. Los apagones ilustran la amenaza del cambio climático a las redes eléctricas en Estados Unidos en Español, February 17

    Los sistemas están diseñados para hacer frente a los picos de demanda, pero el clima salvaje e impredecible vinculado al calentamiento global muy probablemente llevará a las redes más allá de sus límites.

  29. The Blackout in Texas Podcasts, February 17

    One of the worst winter storms in years has plunged large parts of the United States into a deadly energy crisis. It may be a glimpse of America’s future.

  30. A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp Climate, February 17

    Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. But how much can it really help the fight against climate change?

  31. Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard Climate, February 16

    As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages, experts say.

  32. A Glimpse of America’s Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids Climate, February 16

    Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

  33. How Pandemic Lunches Gave Me Hope for the Planet Climate, February 15

    My daughter’s lockdown achievement is that she does not let food go to waste. It’s reminded me that humans don’t have to leave a mass of trash in their wake.

  34. Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind Op Ed, February 15

    Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

  35. Innovation, Not Trees. How Bill Gates Plans to Save the Planet. Op Ed, February 15

    He has billions to donate for crises from coronavirus to climate change, and more hope now that Trump is out of office.

  36. How Does Bill Gates Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis? Book Review, February 15

    In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

  37. 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.

  38. Republican Attacks on A.O.C. Letters, February 11

    A reader says the congresswoman’s diligence and talent will prevail. Also: Treating chickens humanely; Jeff Bezos and Amazon workers; climate-friendly policies.

  39. Warming and Warnings From the High Himalayas Op Ed, February 11

    The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.

  40. Biden’s Climate Task Force Opens for Business, Aiming to Restore ‘Credibility’ Climate, February 11

    The high-level group’s first meeting focused on job creation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  41. True Crime With a Climate Connection Climate, February 10

    The shift toward cleaner cars, combined with tighter pollution rules, is pushing up demand for the precious metals in automobile antipollution gadgets. Crooks have taken note.

  42. China’s Emissions of Ozone-Harming Gas Are Declining, Studies Find Climate, February 10

    New research confirms that emissions from China of CFC-11, a banned gas that harms Earth’s ozone layer, have fallen sharply, reversing a dangerous spike.

  43. Thieves Nationwide Are Slithering Under Cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters Climate, February 9

    The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.

  44. Should We Dim the Sun? Will We Even Have a Choice? Op Ed, February 9

    Elizabeth Kolbert and Ezra Klein discuss what options remain if our political system can’t handle the climate crisis.

  45. Mountains, Ice and Climate Change: A Recipe for Disasters Climate, February 8

    Shrinking and thinning of glaciers is one of the most documented signs of global warming caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases.

  46. A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise Climate, February 8

    Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

  47. Before Himalayan Flood, India Ignored Warnings of Development Risks Foreign, February 8

    Long before a deadly flood hit two hydroelectric dams, scientists warned repeatedly that such projects were dangerous in a fragile region made more so by global warming.

  48. Achoo! Climate Change Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S., Study Shows Climate, February 8

    New research suggests that climate change is responsible for longer pollen seasons in the United States and more pollen in the air, as well.

  49. Achoo! Climate Change Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S., Study Shows Climate, February 8

    New research suggests that climate change is responsible for longer pollen seasons in the United States and more pollen in the air, as well.

  50. Coal-Fired Power Took a Beating During the Pandemic, Study Finds Climate, February 8

    A broad move away from coal power was an important factor in pushing down global greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said, and could help accelerate a shift toward renewable energy.

  51. The Task Ahead for Biden on Climate Editorial, February 6

    The new president has shown a welcome interest in combating climate change. But more will need to be done.

  52. This Climate Deal Is Good for Earth and the Economy Op Ed, February 6

    More than 100 nations have approved an accord phasing down a planet-warming coolant. The U.S. isn’t among them.

  53. What Does Climate Change Sound Like? Podcasts, February 5

    How we tried to tell the story of a warming planet. Plus, the woman behind The Daily’s crazy-busy calendar.

  54. Pacific Islands’ Most Important Megaphone Falls Into Discord Foreign, February 5

    The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute.

  55. Paul Crutzen, Nobel Laureate Who Fought Climate Change, Dies at 87 Obits, February 4

    He named our age the “Anthropocene” and warned the world of threats that certain chemicals posed to the ozone layer.

  56. Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It Climate, February 4

    Distress over global warming is increasing, but formal and informal support networks are springing up, too.

  57. Jim Justice, a G.O.P. Governor, on Why Biden Needs to ‘Go Big’ on Covid Aid Politics, February 3

    The governor of West Virginia, who supported a bigger relief bill than Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, initially did, spoke with us about government spending, Covid-19 vaccinations and climate policy.

  58. The Shift Toward Clean Cars Climate, February 3

    How big automakers are abandoning resistance

  59. Court Faults France Over ‘Ecological Damage’ From Its Emissions Levels Foreign, February 3

    A Paris court said the French state had failed to meet its commitments on greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is among a growing number of such legal actions internationally.

  60. Rebuild or Leave ‘Paradise’: Climate Change Dilemma Facing a Nicaraguan Coastal Town Video, February 3

    Two major November hurricanes slammed into the same part of Nicaraguan coast, laying waste to the Miskito village of Haulover. Faced with a future of intensifying storms, the residents must now consider whether to abandon their way of life by the ocean and move inland.

  61. They Want to Start Paying Mother Nature for All Her Hard Work Climate, February 2

    Ignoring the value of nature threatens humanity itself, according to a new British report on biodiversity and economics.

  62. Automakers Drop Efforts to Derail California Climate Rules Climate, February 2

    Momentum is shifting toward a clean-car future as more automakers end their legal efforts to block California’s tough fuel economy standards.

  63. U.S. Cities Are Vastly Undercounting Emissions, Researchers Find Climate, February 2

    Inconsistent and flawed data is undercutting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from American cities, according to a new study.

  64. Assessing Biden’s Climate Plan Podcasts, February 2

    The president has signed several executive orders for environmental policies since taking office. But the real work of reducing America’s emissions has just begun.

  65. A Consensus Builder for E.P.A. When Some Want a Fighter Climate, February 2

    President Biden's pick to lead the E.P.A. knows how to reach out to Republicans, but in a polarized Washington, some worry he doesn't know how to fight them.

  66. General Motors Is Counting on Your Loving Electric Cars Op Ed, February 2

    The end of the gasoline-powered car will transform the economy.

  67. Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid Climate, February 1

    The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.

  68. El plan climático de Biden es un ambicioso intento por cambiar el papel de EE. UU. en el mundo en Español, February 1

    Estos son cuatro asuntos clave de los esfuerzos del nuevo gobierno para atender el calentamiento global.

  69. How Climate Change May Affect Your Health Well, February 1

    No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future.

  70. Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms Climate, January 31

    The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.

  71. Forecast: Wild Weather in a Warming World Climate, January 30

    The polar vortex is experiencing an unusually long disturbance this year because of a “sudden stratospheric warming.” Bundle up.

  72. G.M. Announcement Shakes Up U.S. Automakers’ Transition to Electric Cars Business, January 29

    Every carmaker is trying to figure out how to make the leap before governments force it and Tesla and other start-ups lure away drivers.

  73. Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It? Climate, January 29

    GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen.

  74. Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation Climate, January 29

    Former environmental officials from both parties are pressing President Biden to counter deforestation in the Amazon, especially in Brazil.

  75. Eleanor Torrey West, Preserver of Her Inherited Island, Dies at 108 Obits, January 28

    Off Georgia’s coast, the lush 26,000-acre Ossabaw Island had been in her family since 1924. She dedicated her life to keeping it out of the hands of developers.

  76. Can Biden Deliver on His Climate Promises? Op Ed, January 28

    Many scientists think his goal of zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is technically possible and economically affordable. The politics are another story.

  77. G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035 Business, January 28

    The move, one of the most ambitious in the auto industry, is a piece of a broader plan by the company to become carbon neutral by 2040.

  78. 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.

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

    Here are some ideas you wonderful readers sent to us.

  80. 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.

  81. The Year in Climate Interactive, December 16

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

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. Every Place Under Threat Interactive, October 2

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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.