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Obama Seeks New U.S. Role in Climate Debate

July 2, 2013

When President Obama barged into a meeting of leaders from Brazil, China, India and other countries at a climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, he managed to extract a last-minute agreement to set a goal to limit the rise in global temperatures. read more

 


A fracking breakthrough for environmentalists and drillers

March 23, 2013

LAST WEEK BROUGHT a heartening breakthrough in the war over fracking: A handful of major green groups and big drillers agreed on environmental standards. We’d forgive you for raising a skeptical eyebrow. Some in the industry have been claiming that fracking — which involves pumping fluid underground to extract natural gas from rock formations… read more

 


U.S. could fall short of 2020 climate goal, new study says, but target remains in reach

February 6, 2013

The United States is not on track to meet its international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute. read more

 


Kerry’s climate change credentials

December 28, 2012

Sen. John Kerry, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of State, may not be able to bring peace to the Middle East, end enduring trade and currency disputes with China or mend fences with all the anti-American leaders in Latin America. But he may be capable of redirecting the debate over an issue of equal or greater importance: climate change. read more

 


Snapshots From Doha and Elsewhere

December 6, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not attending the annual United Nations climate change summit meeting under way here in the Qatari capital. In fact, she has not attended one since the largely unsuccessful conclave in Copenhagen three years ago, which was supposed to produce a new global agreement on climate change but instead dissolved into near chaos. read more

 


Going Beyond Carbon Dioxide

December 6, 2012

WE all know (or should know) by now that the carbon dioxide we produce when we burn fossil fuels and cut down forests is the planet’s single largest contributor to global warming. It persists in the atmosphere for centuries. Reducing these emissions by as much as half by 2050 is essential to avoid disastrous consequences by the end of this century, and we must begin immediately. read more

 


How to Make Air Conditioners Less Guzzling and More Green

September 23, 2012

When the electricity went out in northern India this past summer, alarm bells went off among global energy experts. They’re still ringing as one hemisphere eases out of the hot season and the other warms up. read more

 


Global warming: the heat’s back on

September 14, 2012

It was an extraordinary triumph of old technology over new, of basic science over space-age wizardry and – 25 years ago tomorrow – it led to a planet-saving pact, one of the most successful treaties ever agreed. read more

 


Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas

August 8, 2012

When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system. Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions. read more

 


Earth Day: Saving our planet, saving ourselves

April 21, 2012

What can we do to return the planet to a safe and stable climate that civilizations have enjoyed for the last several thousand years? The record heat in March, which broke more than 15,000 records in the United States, gives this question a sense of urgency. read more

 

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