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Biden’s big climate pledge: can it succeed, and what noticeable changes could it bring?

Biden’s big climate pledge: can it succeed, and what noticeable changes could it bring?

The administration has pledged to cut US emissions by half by 2030, one of the most ambitious goals for a developed countrySat 24 Apr 2021 06.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 24 Apr 2021 06.07 EDTJoe Biden has closed out a two-day climate summit of more than 40 world leaders by warning that the planet risks reaching the if more isn’t done to escalate efforts to constrain the climate crisis.Biden, along with several other national leaders, made a number of new promises in the summit. Here’s what it all means.As its centerpiece announcement, the Biden administration has said planet-heating...

Apr 24
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Joe Biden faces major test building US credibility at climate summit

Joe Biden faces major test building US credibility at climate summit

President will unveil new emissions reduction target while much will hinge upon cooperation between China and US in New YorkWed 21 Apr 2021 11.51 EDTFirst published on Wed 21 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTJoe Biden’s desire to re-establish US leadership on the climate crisis will face a severe test this week at a summit the president hopes will rebuild American credibility and kickstart a spluttering international effort to stave off the effects of global heating.Biden has invited 40 world leaders to a two-day virtual gathering starting on Earth Day, Thursday, as the opening salvo in negotiations...

Apr 21
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Advances mean all new US vehicles can be electric by 2035, study finds

Advances mean all new US vehicles can be electric by 2035, study finds

Thu 15 Apr 2021 00.01 EDTLast modified on Thu 15 Apr 2021 00.02 EDTRapid advances in the technology and cost of batteries should allow all new cars and trucks sold in the US to be powered by electricity by 2035, saving drivers trillions of dollars and delivering a major boost to the effort to slow the climate crisis, new research has found.Electric vehicles currently only about 2% of all cars sold in the US, with many American drivers put off until now by models that were often significantly more expensive than gasoline or diesel cars, as well as concerns over the availability of plug-in...

Apr 15
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US climate research outpost abandoned over fears it will be devoured by sea

US climate research outpost abandoned over fears it will be devoured by sea

National Weather Service station in Massachusetts evacuated on 31 March due to fears it could fall into the Atlantic OceanWed 14 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Wed 14 Apr 2021 02.02 EDTTwice a day for the past half a century, a weather balloon to measure atmospheric conditions was released from a research station situated on Cape Cod, . Faced with advancing seas that are set to devour it, the outpost has now been abandoned.On 31 March, the handful of workers who operated the National Weather Service station in Chatham were evacuated due to fears the property could fall into the Atlantic...

Apr 14
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US fossil-fuel companies took billions in tax breaks – and then laid off thousands

US fossil-fuel companies took billions in tax breaks – and then laid off thousands

Figures show 77 companies received $8.2bn under tax changes related to Covid relief and yet almost every one let workers goFri 2 Apr 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Fri 2 Apr 2021 13.19 EDTFossil-fuel companies have received billions of dollars in tax benefits from the US government as part of coronavirus relief measures, only to lay off tens of thousands of their workers during the pandemic, new figures reveal.A group of 77 firms involved in the extraction of oil, gas and coal received $8.2bn under tax-code changes that formed part of a major pandemic stimulus bill passed by Congress last...

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Fossil-fuel firms reaped billions in COVID tax breaks—then laid off thousands

Fossil-fuel firms reaped billions in COVID tax breaks—then laid off thousands

Inexpensive, too! Subscribe today and get a full year of Mother Jones for just $12.It's us but for your ears. Listen on Apple Podcasts.Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.Thank you for subscribing!By signing up, you agree to our and , and to receive messages from Mother Jones and our partners.Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones' investigative journalism? We're a nonprofit (so it's tax-deductible), and reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget.We noticed you have an ad blocker on. Can you pitch in a few...

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New York's outgoing climate tsar hopes Biden can help save city from sea rise

New York's outgoing climate tsar hopes Biden can help save city from sea rise

Daniel Zarrilli is leaving New York’s top climate post after eight years and says more needs to be done to tackle fossil fuels in New YorkFri 2 Apr 2021 05.45 EDTLast modified on Fri 2 Apr 2021 09.44 EDTFollowing an eight-year tenure as City’s climate tsar, a tumultuous period when the city faced Superstorm Sandy and charged headlong into a legal battle with fossil fuel companies, Daniel Zarrilli is departing his position.A long-term city employee and ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Zarrilli said it was the “right time to move on and hand over the reins” by resigning as New York City’s and...

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The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest

The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest

Steven Donziger has been detained at home since August 2019, the result of a Kafkaesque legal battle stemming from his crusade on behalf of Indigenous AmazoniansSun 28 Mar 2021 04.00 EDTLast modified on Mon 29 Mar 2021 19.41 EDTOn Sunday, Donziger reached his 600th day of an unprecedented house arrest that has resulted from a sprawling, Kafkaesque legal battle with the oil giant Chevron. Donziger spearheaded a lengthy crusade against the company on behalf of tens of thousands of Indigenous people in the whose homes and health were devastated by oil pollution, only to himself become, as he...

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Oil firms knew decades ago fossil fuels posed grave health risks, files reveal

Oil firms knew decades ago fossil fuels posed grave health risks, files reveal

The oil industry knew at least 50 years ago that air pollution from burning fossil fuels posed serious risks to human health, only to spend decades aggressively lobbying against clean air regulations, a trove of internal documents seen by the Guardian reveal.The documents, which include internal memos and reports, show the industry was long aware that it created large amounts of air pollution, that pollutants could lodge deep in the lungs and be “real villains in health effects”, and even that its own workers may be experiencing birth defects among their children.Read moreBut these concerns...

Mar 18
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Washington state county is first in US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure

Washington state county is first in US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure

Whatcom county’s council passed measure that bans new refineries, coal-fired power plants and other related infrastructureWed 28 Jul 2021 11.45 EDTLast modified on Wed 28 Jul 2021 11.53 EDTA county in has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.In a vote on Tuesday night, Whatcom county’s council a that bans the construction of new refineries, coal-fired power plants and other fossil fuel-related infrastructure. The ordinance also places new restrictions on...

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