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U.S. Doesn’t Sign Pact to Quit Coal at COP26

U.S. Doesn’t Sign Pact to Quit Coal at COP26

At COP26 on Thursday, more than 40 countries announced an agreement to stop burning coal. The agreement includes 23 new countries signing on to a promise to stop building new coal plants, including some of the world’s largest coal users. “The end of coal is in sight,” said COP President Alok Sharma. The United States […]

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    Joe Manchin, America’s Climate Decider-in-Chief, Is a Coal Baron

    Joe Manchin, America’s Climate Decider-in-Chief, Is a Coal Baron

    By Mark Hertsgaard This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Joe Manchin has never been this famous. People around the world now know that the West Virginia Democrat is the essential 50th vote in the U.S. Senate that president Joe Biden needs to pass […]

    UK to Decarbonize Its Electricity by 2035, Johnson Says

    UK to Decarbonize Its Electricity by 2035, Johnson Says

    The UK will remove fossil fuels from its electricity mix by 2035, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday. The news comes as the UK prepares to host the upcoming COP26 international climate conference in Glasgow next month, Reuters reported. The country has already pledged to reduce emissions by 78 percent by 2035, and […]

    8 Good Environmental News Stories You Might Have Missed

    8 Good Environmental News Stories You Might Have Missed

    By John R. Platt We’ve had a particularly brutal summer — not to mention spring and winter — so now that autumn has arrived, let’s take a break from all the awful environmental news to focus on a few good-news items you may have missed. These aren’t necessarily resounding successes — we still have a […]

    U.S., China Announce Climate Actions at UN General Assembly

    U.S., China Announce Climate Actions at UN General Assembly

    The world’s two biggest economies and carbon polluters both announced steps to cut off financing that fuels the climate crisis Tuesday at the UN General Assembly. The announcements come as leaders seek to build momentum before the UN’s COP26 climate conference in November. Xi Announces Ending of Chinese Coal Support Abroad China will no longer […]

    New Coal Projects Declined by 76% Since Paris Agreement

    New Coal Projects Declined by 76% Since Paris Agreement

    Scientists have warned that coal burning needs to be phased out by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Now, a new report reveals that this goal may be within sight: the number of proposed coal plants has dropped […]

    Study Warns ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Funded in Bipartisan Plan More Polluting Than Coal

    Study Warns ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Funded in Bipartisan Plan More Polluting Than Coal

    By Jenna McGuire While celebrated as a climate victory by the Biden administration, the large infrastructure bill passed in the U.S. Senate this week includes billions of dollars of funding toward “blue hydrogen,” which new research published Thursday finds is more polluting than coal. The $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure package passed Tuesday includes $8 billion […]

    The True Cost of Cryptocurrency

    The True Cost of Cryptocurrency

    Amidst the loud hum of computers, digital gold is born. Churning and churning, hundreds of computers mine for a new form of currency. One that professes to be the decentralized, deflationary disruptor of the modern banking system. It goes by many names, DogeCoin, VibuCoin, Etherium, and Bitcoin. But they all can be called cryptocurrencies. This […]