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Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON — President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal agencies to start reviewing and reinstating more than 100 environmental…

A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House

One of Ms. Aggarwal’s areas of expertise is the development of a clean energy standard — that is, the percentage of non-fossil fuel sources that utilities must reach in their power generation and sales. By setting a standard without a…

Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

As a politician with his eye on the midterm congressional elections, “Biden will focus like a laser in his first year on the pandemic, on reopening the economy, on unemployment, on infrastructure, on health care, on an economic stimulus,” Mr….

Trump Opens Habitat of a Threatened Owl to Timber Harvesting

Conservationists said that assertion was unsupported by the agency’s own evidence. In December, the Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that the northern spotted owl should actually be reclassified, as endangered rather than threatened, but the agency said it would not…

What the Senate Vote Could Mean

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. If Democrats win control of the Senate…

A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy

WASHINGTON — Nearly a quarter century ago, a team of tobacco industry consultants outlined a plan to create “explicit procedural hurdles” for the Environmental Protection Agency to clear before it could use science to address the health impacts of smoking….

Biden Announces Climate Team, Including Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland and Michael Regan

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced key members of his climate change team on Saturday, declaring that his administration will connect the effort to reduce planet-warming emissions with restoring the economy and creating jobs. Mr. Biden, speaking at…

Biden Picks Michael Regan, North Carolina Environment Chief, to Head E.P.A.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Michael S. Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Biden’s transition team announced Thursday. The decision elevates for the first time a Black man to…

Biden to Name Gina McCarthy, Former E.P.A. Chief, as White House Climate Coordinator

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to pick Gina McCarthy, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama and the architect of some of his most far-reaching regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions,…

New Trump Rule Aims to Limit Tough Clean Air Measures Under Biden

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday completed a rule that could weaken federal authority to issue clean air and climate change rules by changing the way the costs of pollution to human health and safety are tallied — and…