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Four Big Hurdles as Nations Try to Craft a New Global Climate Deal

Negotiators still have major disagreements over issues like what sorts of financial aid richer nations should provide poorer ones, as well as how to accelerate emissions cuts. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. By Brad Plumer GLASGOW — […]

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Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick to Lead the Bureau of Land Management

WASHINGTON — The Senate narrowly approved Tracy Stone-Manning on Thursday to lead the Bureau of Land Management, capping months of efforts by Republican lawmakers to block her confirmation because of her connection to a decades-old tree spiking incident. Ms. Stone-Manning was approved 50-45 along party lines late Thursday evening. She is the first Senate-confirmed director […]

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Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Five states had their warmest June through August in 127 years of record-keeping. Not coincidentally, […]

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Biden Outlines a Plan for Cleaner Jet Fuel. But How Clean Would It Be?

At first glance, it’s a big step forward in curbing climate change. In a deal announced Thursday, the Biden administration and the airline industry agreed to an ambitious goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050, a target meant to drive down flying’s environmental toll. As early as 2030, President Biden said, […]

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It Rained at the Summit of Greenland. That’s Never Happened Before.

Something extraordinary happened last Saturday at the frigid high point of the Greenland ice sheet, two miles in the sky and more than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle: It rained for the first time. The rain at a research station — not just a few drops or a drizzle but a stream for several […]

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Biden to Roll Out Tougher Tailpipe Rules and Promote Electric Vehicles

The president wants half of the vehicles sold in the United States to be electric by 2030, hoping to phase out gasoline-powered engines that contribute to climate change. By Coral Davenport WASHINGTON — President Biden on Thursday will move to tighten tailpipe emissions, a leading cause of the carbon dioxide pollution that is heating the […]

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Toyota Led on Clean Cars. Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.

The Toyota Prius hybrid was a milestone in the history of clean cars, attracting millions of buyers worldwide who could do their part for the environment while saving money on gasoline. But in recent months, Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers, has quietly become the industry’s strongest voice opposing an all-out transition to electric […]

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Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

Portions of the Amazon rainforest are now emitting more carbon dioxide than they absorb — a troubling sign for the fight against climate change, a new study suggests. Deforestation and an accelerating warming trend have contributed to change in the carbon balance, which is most severe in the southeastern region of the Amazon. where there […]

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Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said it will spend $1 billion to help communities prepare for worsening disasters, the latest sign of the toll that climate change is already taking across the United States. The change will double the current size of a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that gives money to state and local […]

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Get Ready for Financial Shocks From Climate Change, Biden Tells Officials

WASHINGTON — President Biden has ordered government agencies to prepare for climate-related shocks across the economy, as escalating disasters threaten home prices, the value of retirement funds and even the stability of the global financial system. The executive order signed Thursday is the latest indication of how climate change, once dismissed as a distant threat, […]