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Biden Pledges To Halve U.S. Emissions By 2030 At Climate Summit

4 Mins Read By: Sharon Zhang President Joe Biden on Thursday has pledged to cut carbon emissions from the U.S. to half of what they were in 2005 by the end of this decade. His announcement came on the first day of a virtual climate summit hosted by Biden. “I’ve talked to the experts, and I see the […]

Climate Crisis Must Be Taught In Schools, U.S. Education Experts Tell Biden

3 Mins Read Former education officials in the U.S. have penned an open letter to the incoming Biden-Harris administration, urging for the introduction of climate education in schools. The letter, which has been supported by a number of prominent former Cabinet ministers, officials and academic scholars, argues it is imperative for the country’s 50 million children to prepare […]

U.S. To Rejoin Paris Agreement & Host World Climate Summit Next Year

3 Mins Read The U.S. will be rejoining the Paris agreement and hold a climate summit early next year, within 100 days of president-elect Joe Biden taking office, a commitment largely seen as a much-needed boost to reinvigorate global efforts to combat the climate crisis. Biden’s announcement comes shortly after the virtual Climate Ambition Summit took place over […]

Humanity Faces Climate ‘Suicide’ Without U.S. Rejoining Paris Agreement, Says The U.N. Secretary General

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Joining China and other big polluters, Biden’s pledge of “net zero” US emissions by 2050 brings the Paris Agreement goals “within reach”. “The way we are moving is a suicide,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in an interview on Monday, and humanity’s survival will be “impossible” without the United States […]

Why The U.S. Supreme Court Matters So Much For the Climate Crisis

4 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Imagine any serious adult saying they don’t know whether gravity is real. That, in effect, is what judge Amy Coney Barrett testified to the US Senate during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings last week. After demurring that she had no “firm views” about climate change, Barrett told California Democrat and vice-presidential nominee […]

Top Scientist To World: Second Trump Terms Means ‘Game Over’ For Climate

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens’. Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a global scale would be “essentially impossible” if Donald Trump is re-elected. A professor at Penn State […]

How Does Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Stack Up To The Green New Deal?

7 Mins Read By: Jeff Berardelli At the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said point-blank that he does not support the Green New Deal — a progressive plan which not only aims to aggressively tackle climate change but also encompasses many other issues like social justice, jobs, housing and health care.  In response, President […]

Vote For The Planet: What The US Elections Could Mean for Climate Progress

6 Mins Read By: Mark Hertsgaard The people have marched, and now it’s time to vote. What follows are not candidate endorsements. Rather, this nonpartisan guide aims to inform voters’ choices, help journalists decide what races to follow, and explore what the 2020 elections could portend for climate action in the United States in 2021 and beyond. Will the White House […]

Climate Crisis: Can We Reverse All The Damage Trump Has Done?

11 Mins Read By: Hannah Murphy, with contribution from Andy Kroll What Joe Biden would need to do starting from Day One to correct the course of U.S. climate policy. When he talks about the Trump administration, David Doniger likes to say: “Imagine where we’d be if they knew what they were doing.” The climate lawyer and senior […]

New Surveys Shows U.S. Liberals Feeling More Climate Anxious Than Ever

6 Mins Read By: Mike Ludwig Polling shows that people in the United States are taking climate change more seriously today than they were five years ago, but views on climate change remain sharply divided along partisan lines as the November elections loom. Concern about climate change remains higher in dozens of other countries, particularly in nations such […]

Vote As If The Climate And The Future Of Humanity Depend On It—Because They Do

5 Mins Read By: Bill McKibben Captain Trump wants to steer us straight onto the rocks. This election is humanity’s last shot to prevent utter climate catastrophe. To understand the planetary importance of this autumn’s presidential election, check the calendar. Voting ends on November 3—and by a fluke of timing, on the morning of November 4 the United States […]