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Bank Lending to Fossil Fuel Companies Increased After Paris Agreement

Bank Lending to Fossil Fuel Companies Increased After Paris Agreement

The world’s biggest banks gave fossil fuel companies $3.8 trillion in financing in the years following the Paris agreement, according to a new report. Even though 2020 lending was down 9% compared to the previous year, it was still higher than in 2016, when the Paris agreement took effect, and lending to the 100 fossil […]

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    3 Australian Marine Sites Store Billions of Tons of Carbon, New UNESCO Report Finds

    3 Australian Marine Sites Store Billions of Tons of Carbon, New UNESCO Report Finds

    The world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems can store remarkable amounts of carbon dioxide. But if they’re damaged, they can also release massive amounts of emissions back into the atmosphere. Highlighting their need for conservation, the UNESCO published a report assessing these ecosystems’ critical role in mitigating climate change. The report was the first of its […]

    UN Sounds ‘Red Alert’ for National Climate Goals

    UN Sounds ‘Red Alert’ for National Climate Goals

    By Anke Rasper “Today’s interim report from the UNFCCC is a red alert for our planet,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The report, released Friday, looks at the national climate efforts of 75 states that have already submitted their updated “nationally determined contributions,” or NDCs. The countries included in the report are responsible for […]

    5 Things to Know About Carbon-Free Buildings and Construction

    5 Things to Know About Carbon-Free Buildings and Construction

    By Stuart Braun We spend 90% of our time in the buildings where we live and work, shop and conduct business, in the structures that keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. But immense energy is required to source and manufacture building materials, to power construction sites, to maintain and renew the built […]

    U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement

    U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement

    The United States officially reenters the Paris agreement today, a symbolic and important step toward the aggressive action required to stem the tide of climate change. The day also marks the merger of two of the most prominent groups formed after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact — We Are Still In, a […]

    New Study Confirms Dangerous Sea Level Rise Projections Are Accurate

    New Study Confirms Dangerous Sea Level Rise Projections Are Accurate

    By Jessica Corbett A new study from Australian and Chinese researchers adds weight to scientists’ warnings from recent United Nations reports about how sea levels are expected to rise dangerously in the coming decades because of human activity that’s driving global heating. The research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, found that sea level […]

    Court Rules France Is Responsible for Climate Inaction

    Court Rules France Is Responsible for Climate Inaction

    French environmental groups have won a landmark court case hailed as the “affair of the century.” The groups claimed that the French government did not act quickly enough to reduce its emissions, dragging its feet on actions such as improving buildings’ energy efficiency and developing renewable energy. French President Emmanuel Macron has advocated for climate […]

    Here Are Biden’s Day One Actions on the Climate and Environment

    Here Are Biden’s Day One Actions on the Climate and Environment

    President Joe Biden officially took office Wednesday, and immediately set to work reversing some of former President Donald Trump‘s environmental policies. As he did on his campaign and transition website, Biden emphasized the climate crisis as one of the major challenges facing his administration, along with the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism. “A cry for […]