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The Supreme Court’s E.P.A. Decision Is More Gloom Than Doom

On climate, as recently as several years ago, advocates had hopes of seeing a much different case reach the court and radically reshape the climate priorities of the country. In Juliana v. United States, often called “Kids v. Climate,” a…

The climate math just got harder

The Supreme Court has issued one of the most important environmental rulings ever, which will make the battle against global warming even more difficult. This newsletter is going to explain the basics of the court’s decision, and then talk to…

Wildfires Could Be Treated as a Form Of Maintenance, Like Flu Shots

But the problem isn’t uncertainty, exactly, or the fundamental unknowability of the underlying dynamics. We know with some amount of precision how weather conditions can affect the flammability of the landscape on a week-to-week basis. “Actually, a lot of this…

One way to make a huge difference

On Tuesday leaders from the Group of 7 industrialized nations are wrapping up a summit in Germany, and climate was supposed to be one of the main items on the agenda. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. The meeting…

Biden’s Gas Tax Holiday Wouldn’t Make Much Difference

President Biden says he’s still committed to reducing U.S. carbon emissions to net zero in the near future. At the moment, though, his overriding priority is to ensure an ample supply of gasoline at reasonable prices. I’m reminded of the…

‘The Biggest Uncertainty Is Us’

I wanted to speak with Katharine Hayhoe about us. Us, as in the “us” in her book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.” Hayhoe sets out a bold, rather quixotic goal at…

What’s Worse: Climate Denial or Climate Hypocrisy?

Those straining to make the math work on the back end, by invoking large-scale carbon removal later this century, are generating novel dissonance, too. We see headlines about Stripe and its tech allies making a $925 million commitment to removal…

Rainforest Politics in Brazil and Congo

My colleague Dionne Searcey went on a journey along the Congo River that revealed the sprawling, haphazard timber industry, much of it illegal, behind the destruction of a rainforest that is crucial to efforts to curb global warming. The article…

The surprising story of ‘warming stripes’

June 21 is Show Your Stripes Day. Stripes, as in warming stripes, a popular way to visualize global warming trends over the last 150 years. You’ll find warming stripes on face masks (see my Twitter profile), on scarves (Blackrock’s chief…

What if We Had Spent the Money on Climate?

Many Americans may think they know why a president who came into office with New Deal-size ambitions, promising to spend trillions on climate and halve emissions along the way, has ended up desperate to secure just a fraction of that,…

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