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Biden takes US back into Paris

Friday - Joe Biden has moved to reinstate the US to the Paris climate agreement just hours after being sworn in as president, as his administration rolls out a cavalcade of executive orders aimed at tackling the climate crisis.

Biden says he will expose international 'climate outlaws'

10 Nov 20 - United States president-elect Joe Biden promises to usher in a more confrontational era of climate diplomacy, putting a spotlight on major emitters slow-walking climate action

Biden win a pivotal moment for global climate action

9 Nov 20 - Joe Biden is heading to the White House with a promise to overturn four years of US retreat on climate action.

Biden could bring Paris goals 'within striking distance'

9 Nov 20 - The election of Joe Biden as president of the US could reduce global heating by about 0.1C, bringing the goals of the Paris agreement “within striking distance”, if his plans are fulfilled, according to a detailed analysis.

US election will determine the world's climate future

6 Nov 20 - The race for the White House could take days or weeks to settle, with big implications for prospects of tackling the climate crisis.

US is now out of the Paris Agreement

5 Nov 20 - The United States is now officially the only country in the world refusing to participate in global climate efforts, with the fate of the crisis hanging on the still uncalled presidential election.

Let's cool the ground and keep drilling, says Big Oil

21 Oct 20 - Oil company ConocoPhillips has a problem; it wants to pump 160,000 more barrels of oil each day from a new project on Alaska’s North Slope, but the fossil fuels it and others produce are leading to global heating, and the Arctic is melting.

Amy Coney Barrett equivocates over climate change

16 Oct 20 - United States supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she accepts the science of climate change, under questioning from Kamala Harris, saying she lacked the expertise to know...

‘God intended it as a disposable planet' - the pastor preaching denial

15 Oct 20 - Every so often you come across a piece of writing so extraordinary that you cannot help but share it. One such piece is a sermon on global warming by American pastor John MacArthur.

US could adopt carbon tax under a Biden presidency, ex-Fed chair says

9 Oct 20 - Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said bipartisan concern over climate change could see the United States adopt a tax on carbon emissions, with the proceeds shared with households, if...

Where are US emissions after four years of Trump?

8 Oct 20 - In last week’s United States presidential election debate, Donald Trump claimed: “We have now the lowest carbon. If you look at our numbers right now, we are doing phenomenally.”

Second Trump term would be 'game over' for the climate, says scientist

5 Oct 20 - Michael Mann, one of the most eminent climate scientists in the world, believes averting climate catastrophe on a global scale would be “essentially impossible” if Donald Trump is re-elected.

NextEra overtakes Exxon as US' largest energy company

5 Oct 20 - If you had invested in Florida-based utility NextEra Energy a decade ago, your total return through this week, including dividends, would have been 600 per cent.

US wildfires could spark financial crisis

11 Sep 20 - The devastating wildfires now sweeping across the western United States are among the sparks from climate change that could ignite a financial crisis by damaging home values, state tourism and local...

Biden would push allies on climate, says adviser

8 Sep 20 - Joe Biden will not pull any punches with allies including Australia in seeking to build international momentum for stronger action on the climate crisis, an adviser to the United States presidential...

City sues fossil-fuel companies over climate change

4 Sep 20 - The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from ExxonMobil and other major oil and gas companies for misleading the public about the harmful climate-related impacts such as...

Rewilding the heart of New York

1 Sep 20 - Biodiversity and effects of climate change can be significantly affected by small-scale rewilding projects, argues designer and environmentalist Julia Watson, who has temporarily covered New York's...

Batteries boost Californian hopes of cooler future

26 Aug 20 - Recent reports of record-breaking heat in the Golden State may be only part of the story: Californian hopes of cooler future days are strengthening with the entry into service of new technology that...

Soaring costs of extreme weather

26 Aug 20 - The costs of wildfire, hurricanes, floods and droughts have quadrupled since 1980, a new report shows.

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