NOAA releases warmer climate "normals" for the U.S.

May 4, 2021
The new baseline temperatures are a reflection of climate change.
Climate change is acting as a headwind for agriculture, slowing down productivity growth, according to one expert.
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EPA proposes rule to cut dangerous refrigerants

May 3, 2021
Reducing greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs has support within the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.
Hydrofluorocarbons, chemical refrigerants that damage the climate, can be found in common appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Nashville flooding renews federal push to tear down homes

Apr 29, 2021
Those in areas prone to flooding are weighing whether it's better to stay in a home, or take a government buyout.
Baylie McDaniel is a public school teacher in Nashville who is starting the long process of rebuilding after floodwaters inundated her home in late March. She says she'd prefer the city to focus on controlling Seven Mile Creek rather than buying homes to tear them down.
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Climate change may quickly affect the global economy, report finds

Apr 23, 2021
Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest insurers, projects that by 2050, climate pressures could reduce the world's GDP by 14%.
Rising temperatures, higher sea levels, falling crop yields and wildfires are also likely to reduce global wealth significantly by 2050.
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Biden administration plans "whole of government" approach to fight climate change

Apr 22, 2021
The administration will work with domestic and international government agencies as well as private finance.
The Biden administration is arguing that climate change is already a crisis affecting the whole economy, meaning it needs a proportionate response.
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Biden: U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%

Biden is making the announcement as a global climate summit of dozens of world leaders kicks off.
Biden is pledging to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by the year 2030, using a 2005 baseline.
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For automakers, California emissions standards play a key regulatory role

Apr 22, 2021
Car manufacturers want a clear vision of where the country is headed, to create a consistent production process.
Thirteen other states have adopted California's emissions standards, including New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Germany under U.S. pressure over Russian pipeline

Apr 19, 2021
The U.S is threatening further sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany.
Workers building a section of the wall of the Nord Stream 2. German voters may decide the controversial pipeline's fate.
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Former treasury secretary urges stronger response to China’s infrastructure program

Mar 23, 2021
Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the U.S. needs to mobilize around infrastructure at home and abroad.
China's Belt and Road Initiative is "as much about securing trade and supply lines as it is about expanding China's presence in the world," according to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
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How might putting a price on carbon work to curb emissions?

Mar 3, 2021
One way to pay directly for the cost of climate damage from fossil fuels is to impose a tax on carbon.
More expensive fuel discourages consumers from burning as much and encourages fuel efficiency.
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