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Interior Nominee Deb Haaland Faces Tough Questions On Climate Goals


Despite Biden's ambitious climate plan, Haaland told lawmakers the country would not abandon fossil fuels "overnight." If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.

Pillagers Of Tropical Forests Can't Hide Behind Clouds Anymore


Environmental watchdogs now can detect deforestation even when it's hidden from sight by rain and clouds. They're using data from radar on a European satellite.


Could We Pay Back The Earth For What It Provides? A New Report Offers A Roadmap


The landmark report commissioned by the British government calls on countries to quantify the cost of environmental degradation. It frames nature as a financial asset that benefits humanity.

Biden To 'Pause' Oil And Gas Leasing On Public Lands And Waters


The move is one of his more controversial campaign promises, and industry groups say they will sue. But it won't have much immediate impact on driving down climate-warming emissions.

Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks


President Biden has set his sights on more than 100 Trump administration environmental rollbacks as well as plans to rejoin the international climate accord.

Biden Order Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline


This likely means the end of the $8 billion pipeline, a years-long project that would have carried oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to the American Gulf Coast.

Pandemic Causes Historic — But Fleeting— Drop In U.S. Climate Emissions


As Americans stayed home during the pandemic, cars and planes produced less heat-trapping emissions. But the effect is only temporary.

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U.S. Implementing 1st-Ever Airplane Emission Rules; Critics Say They're Ineffective


The Environmental Protection Agency said the new rules will not result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentalists are calling for more stringent measures.

UN Report: In The Age Of Humans, 'The Dominant Risk To Our Survival Is Ourselves'


On the United Nations' new Planetary pressures-adjusted Human Development Index, the United States drops 45 places from its overall ranking, a reflection of the country's outsize environmental impact.

Trump Rushes To Lock In Oil Drilling In Arctic Wildlife Refuge Before Biden's Term


The Jan. 6 auction was set before the end of the comment and nominations period. If leases are finalized before Joe Biden takes office, they could be difficult to revoke.

Climate Case Against Shell Begins In The Netherlands


The case was brought by a group of environmental organizations and more than 17,000 Dutch citizens. They demand that Shell be forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030.

Army Corps of Engineers Denies Permit To Controversial Alaska Gold Mine


Fishermen and tribes have been fighting the mine proposal for a decade, fearing it would harm the wild sockeye salmon at the heart of the area's economy and culture.

Climate Justice Fund Counters 'Centuries Of Underinvestment'


Portland, Oregon, will fund clean energy in communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. That's an idea that's part of President-elect Joe Biden's sweeping climate plan.

Biden Will Face Major Limits To His Ambitious Climate Plans


His sweeping proposals aimed to make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050. But without a Democratic Senate, Biden may be forced to compromise and do what he can through executive action.

Climate Activists Cheer Biden Win


President-elect Joe Biden vows to take a very different approach to climate than President Trump did over the last four years.

In Historic Move, Colorado Voters Decide To Reintroduce Gray Wolves


The move challenges a long tradition of leaving wildlife management to governments, not the public. But the vote was narrow, reflecting many people's serious concerns about bringing wolves back.