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US, China Agree to Work Together on Something

'We need to think big and be responsible,' Chinese envoy says at UN talks on climate change

(Newser) - The world’s top carbon polluters, China and the United States, agreed Wednesday to increase their cooperation and speed up action to rein in climate-damaging emissions, signaling a mutual effort on global warming at a time of tension over their other disputes. In back-to-back news conferences at UN climate talks...

'We Are Fighting For the Survival of Humanity'
'We Are Fighting For the
Survival of Humanity'
THE RUNDOWN

'We Are Fighting For the Survival of Humanity'

Much of COP26's success rests on China

(Newser) - The most important climate conference in years is about to begin. Delayed from 2020, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, will run from Sunday to Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland, and will see nations present their updated plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and lay out how those...

UN Climate Report: 'We Simply Have No More Time to Spare'

Carbon emissions on track to rise 16% by 2030, but they need to fall 45% to curb climate change

(Newser) - A new report shows the world is on a “catastrophic pathway” toward a hotter future unless governments make more ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the UN said Friday. The UN report, reviewing all the national commitments submitted by signatories of the Paris climate accord...

Facility in Iceland Is Now Sucking CO2 From the Air

It's the world's biggest carbon capture plant

(Newser) - The world's biggest carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 from the air in Iceland—and while the amounts involved are relatively tiny compared to the massive scale of the world's emissions problem, its builder says it is a step in the right direction. The plant, built on...

Landmark Climate Ruling Hits Shell With Major Directive

In case brought by activists, Hague District Court mandates 45% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030

(Newser) - A Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by net 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels, in a landmark case brought by climate activist groups. The ruling Wednesday by the Hague District Court could set a precedent for similar cases against polluting multinationals around...

Air Traffic Control to 'Throw Out the Old Rules' to Save Fuel

Pilots helming trans-Atlantic flights between Canada, UK can now pick their own flight paths thanks to pandemic

(Newser) - In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency released its first-ever rules on airlines emissions, designed to cut down on air pollution, per the Hill . Now, a new collaboration will hopefully help reduce airlines' carbon footprint even further. The typically congested airspace between North America and Europe used to boast around 1,...

GM Sets a Date for Going All Electric

Company wants to leave fossil fuels in the rearview mirror by 2035

(Newser) - General Motors has put a date on its worldwide change to an all-electric fleet of vehicles: 2035. The automaker had said the switch would be thrown at some point but had not said when. Chief executive Mary Barra announced the goal Thursday on social media, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Amid Trials of 2020, a Silver Lining for the Planet

Lockdowns, curtailed travel spurred biggest drop in global carbon dioxide emissions on record

(Newser) - The pandemic appears to have done what years of increasingly dire warnings about climate change couldn't. Global carbon dioxide emissions fell by an estimated 7% in 2020, the largest drop on record, according to the Global Carbon Project. The emissions reduction was mainly the result of lockdowns keeping people...

Here's Another Something the 1% Do
Here's Another
Something the 1% Do
NEW STUDY

Here's Another Something the 1% Do

1% of the population causes about half of air travel emissions, and researchers say it's time to rethink

(Newser) - With a 50% drop in passengers taking to the skies in 2020, there's no better time to overhaul an industry responsible for dangerous carbon emissions, according to researchers. "If you want to resolve climate change … then we should start at the top, where a few 'super...

Study: China's Forests Have Been Underestimated

New forests are a major 'carbon sink'

(Newser) - China is the world's biggest polluter—but a massive tree-planting program has helped absorb more of its carbon dioxide emissions than researchers expected. In a new study in the journal Nature , researchers say that according to ground and satellite observations, the rapid afforestation of areas of northeast and southwest...

China Makes Surprise Pledge on Climate

Promise to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 is seen as a 'game changer'

(Newser) - The world's top-polluting nation has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060—"a tectonic shift in policy" that "could help significantly slow global warming," reports the New York Times . Chinese President Xi Jinping made the surprise announcement in addressing the UN General Assembly by video on...

Longest UN Climate Talks End With Glaring Omission

No deal on carbon markets after 2 weeks of talks in Madrid

(Newser) - Marathon international climate talks ended Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on how to regulate global carbon markets. After two weeks of negotiations in Madrid on tackling global warming, delegates from almost 200 nations passed declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting greenhouse gases and...

US Could Be 'Disruptor' at Climate Change Conference

Negotiators from almost 200 countries are in Madrid

(Newser) - The annual Conference of Parties climate change talks are underway in Madrid, after a last-minute change of city. The conference was originally meant to be held in Santiago, Chile, but Spain offered to host the talks as Chile's political crisis deepened. Representatives from almost 200 countries, including around 50...

11K Scientists: 'Planet Earth Is Facing a Climate Emergency'

Declaration suggests 6 critical steps to take

(Newser) - More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have signed a declaration that doesn't beat around the bush: They declare "clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency." In the declaration from the Alliance of World Scientists, published in the journal BioScience , the scientists...

Protesters Storm Open-Pit Mine
Hundreds Storm Open-Pit Mine

Hundreds Storm Open-Pit Mine

Thousands took part in the protest, activist group says

(Newser) - Hundreds of climate change activists broke through a police cordon and stormed into one of Germany's biggest lignite coal mines Saturday, two days after European Union leaders disagreed on a plan to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050, the AP reports. Police ordered protesters to leave the vast,...

Trump Administration Replaces Landmark Obama Climate Rule
Obama's Landmark
Climate Rule Is Dead

Obama's Landmark Climate Rule Is Dead

EPA chief Andrew Wheeler signed replacement rule Wednesday

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. EPA chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, signed a replacement rule that...

Humans May Be Headed for Extinction 'in Most Horrible Way'

Wars, lethal heat, water shortages could be 30 years off: authors

(Newser) - Numerous in-depth reports on climate change have failed to show in just how dire a predicament humans find themselves—essentially inches from total destruction—according to a new paper from climate researchers, one a former fossil fuel executive. They write that there is a "high likelihood of human civilization...

Here's Joe Biden's $5T 'Big Idea' on Climate

He says it will get us to net zero emissions by 2050

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the US to net zero emissions of carbon pollution by 2050, the AP reports. Biden's plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the...

Buildings Go Dark Worldwide
Buildings Go Dark Worldwide

Buildings Go Dark Worldwide

As millions celebrate Earth Hour

(Newser) - Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30pm local time in a call for global action on climate change, the AP reports. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially...

Looks Like VW Is in Trouble Again
Looks Like VW Is
in Trouble Again

Looks Like VW Is in Trouble Again

The carmaker may be helping vehicles avoid emissions standards

(Newser) - Volkswagen may be in trouble all over again for allegedly installing software in cars to help them duck emissions standards, Reuters reports. German authorities are investigating whether 1.2-liter engine Volkswagens, including the Polo, received a software update allowing them to trick emissions tests. Germany may also file charges against...

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