Paris Climate Agreement
195 countries signed on to a landmark agreement in Paris, pledging to work together to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now, the U.S. has withdrawn its support for the agreement.
How To Keep Countries Honest About Their Carbon EmissionsBy Evan Thomas | September 22, 2017
The Paris climate accord is built on trust — but countries can't or don't always properly report their greenhouse gas emissions.
One Of The Last Paris Climate Accord Holdouts Just Agreed To SignBy Lindsey Pulse | September 21, 2017
Local media reports Nicaragua initially refused to join because it thought enforcement wasn't strong enough and that it "was not realistic."
Federal Draft Report On Climate Change Pins A Lot Of Blame On HumansBy Lindsey Pulse | August 8, 2017
The report says it's "extremely likely" that more than half of mean global temperature rise since 1951 was caused by human activity.
US Tells UN It's Leaving Paris Agreement But Will Go To MeetingsBy Jake Jones | August 5, 2017
According to the agreement, no country can officially withdraw until 2020.
Study: Climate Change Could Kill 150,000 Europeans A Year By 2100By Grant Suneson | August 5, 2017
A study published in The Lancet projects 150,000 Europeans could die every year from heat waves brought on by climate change.
A Warming Planet Is Inevitable, New Research FindsBy Evan Thomas | July 31, 2017
The planet will heat up, according to new analyses. The question is by how much?
Al Gore Has A Message For The Next Generation's Climate ActionBy Zach Toombs | July 25, 2017
The former vice president wants millennials to organize around climate action.
California Climate Proposal Passes In A Rare Bipartisan EffortBy Gabrielle Ware | July 18, 2017
The agreement extends a proposal to lower carbon emissions by 2030.
Macron Is Hopeful He'll Convince Trump To Rejoin Paris AccordBy Gabrielle Ware | July 16, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron said the two discussed the climate accord while President Trump was in Paris.
Babies Are Cute — But They Might Not Be Environmentally FriendlyBy Gabrielle Ware | July 12, 2017
A study found having one less child is the best thing an individual can do to fight global warming. But the option is rarely discussed.
When It Comes To Climate Change, It's Just The G-19By Jake Jones | July 8, 2017
The U.S. was the only outlier as world leaders stood by the Paris climate agreement at the G-20 summit Saturday.
France Has Set A Date To Ban Gas And Diesel Vehicle SalesBy Briana Koeneman | July 6, 2017
On Thursday, the country's new ecology minister announced a ban on gas- and diesel-powered vehicle sales by 2040.
India Might Set Another Record For Most Trees Planted In 24 HoursBy Melissa Prax | July 3, 2017
The country might've broken a record it set in 2016.
Trump Is Trying To Shore Up A Shaky Relationship With France's MacronBy Grant Suneson | June 28, 2017
President Trump will visit France to reaffirm "America’s strong ties" with the country after a rocky start.
Over 7,400 Cities Worldwide Are Sticking With The Paris AgreementBy Lindsey Pulse | June 28, 2017
More than 130 U.S. cities are part of the group.
These Oil Companies Want To Put A Tax On CO2 EmissionsBy Lindsey Pulse | June 21, 2017
Exxon, BP and Shell announced support for rolling back Obama-era regulations in favor of a new tax.
France's President Launches Website To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'By James Packard | June 9, 2017
France's president is using his trolling skills to call for more action on climate change, and he wants American scientists to join him.
Hawaii Made Its Paris Commitment Official — By Signing It Into LawBy Lindsey Pulse | June 7, 2017
One law aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions; the other creates a task force that will work to trap and store carbon dioxide.
The Trump Administration's Numbers About The Coal Industry Are Way OffBy Grant Suneson | June 6, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the coal industry added 50,000 jobs recently, but the real figure was only about 1,000.
They'll Always Have Paris: California, China Sign Climate DealsBy Lindsey Pulse | June 6, 2017
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed agreements with officials in China to broaden collaboration on environmental protection.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Just Nailed Down Trump's Climate ViewsBy Jake Jones | June 4, 2017
Haley told CNN's Jake Tapper the president believes climate change is real and pollution is part of the problem.
Does Trump Believe In Climate Change? White House Won't SayBy Lauren Stephenson | June 2, 2017
The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House press secretary didn't give the press a definitive answer.
Here's The Bold Way France Responded To Trump's Climate Deal ExitBy James Packard | June 2, 2017
The French government isn't wasting any time firing back at President Trump for announcing he'll withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal.
Michael Bloomberg Is Coming To The United Nations' RescueBy Katherine Biek | June 2, 2017
Bloomberg wants to help the United Nations make up some of the funds it will lose now that the U.S. has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement.
Some US Cities And States Aren't Giving Up On The Paris AgreementBy Lindsey Pulse | June 2, 2017
Government officials in 10 states are reportedly negotiating to be part of the deal after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will leave the accord.
World Reacts To Trump's Decision To Withdraw From Climate AgreementBy Lauren Stephenson | June 1, 2017
Reactions to President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the climate accord poured in quickly.
The US Could Prevent A Lot Of Deaths By Switching From Coal To SolarBy Ethan Weston | June 1, 2017
If the U.S. switched from coal to solar energy production, it could prevent almost all of the premature deaths related to energy production.
The US Is Officially Leaving The Paris Climate AgreementBy Lindsey Pulse | June 1, 2017
The U.S. is the world's second-largest contributor to global emissions.
China Is Championing Itself As A Leader In Climate ChangeBy Ryan Biek | June 1, 2017
China's premier said he hoped other countries would follow his country's example in sticking with the Paris Agreement on climate change.
President Donald Trump Still Won't Commit To The Paris AgreementBy Lindsey Pulse | May 27, 2017
He says he'll make a decision next week.
Trump Might Soon Clear Up Confusion Over His Climate Agreement StanceBy Eugene Daniels | May 9, 2017
It hasn't been clear where the administration stands on the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Trump Administration Could Reverse America's Course On Climate ChangeBy Grant Suneson | April 14, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the 2015 Paris climate agreement was a "bad deal" for the U.S.
CO2 Levels Could Hit A 50-Million-Year High Within DecadesBy Lindsey Pulse | April 6, 2017
A new study says if humans don't curb emissions, Earth could see CO2 levels that haven't been reached in 50 million years.
EU Energy Companies Make A Major Promise To Curb Coal UseBy Ryan Biek | April 5, 2017
Energy companies representing almost the entire European Union have promised not to build new coal power plants after 2020.
Department Of Energy Might Stop Talking About Climate ChangeBy Matt Picht | March 29, 2017
A Politico report says one Energy Department official asked his staff not to use phrases related to climate change.
There's Little Room In Trump's Budget For Climate ScienceBy Sarah Schlieder | March 16, 2017
President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget includes large cuts in funding for climate research and programs.
2016 Was A Bad Year For The Great Barrier Reef. 2017 Could Be WorseBy Lindsey Pulse | March 10, 2017
Last year, a bleaching event killed 22 percent of the reef's corals.
These Skeptics Are Asking Trump To Pull Out Of A UN Climate AgreementBy Lindsey Pulse | February 24, 2017
The group behind the letter claims carbon dioxide isn't a pollutant.
Obama Gives $500M To Green Climate Fund Before Trump Takes OfficeBy Ryan Biek | January 18, 2017
The international organization helps developing countries implement clean energy technologies.
Paris' Solution To Air Pollution? Free ParkingBy Lindsey Pulse | December 29, 2016
The city has seen alarming spikes in smog levels this year, so it's offering some drivers free parking for a day.
These Four Major Cities Want To Ban Diesel VehiclesBy Lindsey Pulse | December 4, 2016
Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens all plan to do away with diesel cars by 2025.
Ivanka Trump, Chief Climate Change Advocate?By Lindsey Pulse | December 1, 2016
A source told Politico that she wants to make climate change one of her "signature issues."
Did The Paris Climate Agreement Forget About Something?By Lindsay Gloor | November 29, 2016
New research suggests small farms can play a big part in the battle against climate change.
The White House's New Carbon Reduction Plan Is Already In TroubleBy Grant Suneson | November 17, 2016
The White House announced a carbon reduction program, but it could already be in jeopardy due to Trump's election win.
Trump Might Want To Rethink Pulling Out Of The Paris AgreementBy Lindsay Gloor | November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump promised to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement throughout his campaign. But he could face consequences if he does.
Looks Like 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On RecordBy Lindsey Pulse | November 14, 2016
This is the third year in a row we've had record-breaking temperatures.
These Kids In Oregon Just Won A Big Climate Change VictoryBy Lindsey Pulse | November 12, 2016
The youths accuse the feds of a lack of action on climate change and say it threatens "fundamental constitutional rights to life and liberty."
Al Gore Says He'll Work With Donald Trump On Climate ChangeBy Lindsey Pulse | November 11, 2016
Gore has long been an advocate for fighting rising temperatures.
Kerry Becomes First Secretary Of State To Visit All 7 ContinentsBy Lindsay Gloor | November 10, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Antarctica this week before heading to the climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Arctic Sea Ice Is Melting, And It's Partly Your FaultBy Lindsey Pulse | November 4, 2016
The average Westerner can melt around 30 square meters of Arctic sea ice per year, if not more, according to a new study.
The Paris Agreement May Not Do What It's Supposed ToBy Lindsey Pulse | November 4, 2016
A U.N. report shows even if the agreement is followed perfectly, temperatures will still rise higher than 2 degrees Celsius.
This Climate Amendment May Have Helped Out Earth In A Big WayBy Ethan Weston | October 15, 2016
The world has agreed to another climate pact to significantly reduce one of the biggest threats to the atmosphere.
Germany — Yes, Germany — Wants To Ban Production Of Gas-Powered CarsBy Lindsey Pulse | October 9, 2016
The German government voted to ban gas-guzzling engines, but the resolution doesn't have much clout.
The Paris Climate Agreement Is Good To GoBy Lindsay Gloor | October 6, 2016
The agreement will go into effect Nov. 4 — just in time for the next climate conference.
Southwestern US Is Headed For A Megadrought. Yeah, That's A ThingBy Lindsey Pulse | October 6, 2016
Southwestern states would likely see conditions similar to the Dust Bowl, but over a longer period of time.
India's In — Now, The Paris Climate Agreement Is Almost A Done DealBy Lindsay Gloor | September 25, 2016
India is the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter globally. Its promise pushes the Paris Agreement on climate change closer to going into effect.
It's Not Just You — August Really Was Hotter Than EverBy Lauren Stephenson | September 13, 2016
The past 11 consecutive months have set record temperatures.
There's A Lot Of Work Left To Ratify The Paris Climate AgreementBy Ethan Weston | September 3, 2016
The world has a long way to go before the Paris global climate agreement can take effect — even after the U.S. and China recently ratified it.
India Joining Paris Climate Agreement Could Stop It From Falling ApartBy Grant Suneson | June 7, 2016
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his nation will attempt to join the Paris climate agreement by the end of the year.
United Nations Sets Record As 175 Countries Sign Paris AgreementBy Eugene Daniels | April 22, 2016
It's the largest number of countries to ever sign an agreement on one day.
The Really (Really) Long-Term Climate Implications Of 2016's ElectionsBy Evan Thomas | February 17, 2016
Whoever wins the White House in November wins clout in U.S. environmental policy and could also help shape climate-change policy.
'Father Of Climate Change Awareness' Doubts COP 21 Will Curb EmissionsBy Grant Suneson | December 13, 2015
Dr. James Hansen, who first testified about climate change in 1988, doubts the COP 21 agreement will amount to real change, saying it's too vague.
The Promising Language Of The Paris Climate AgreementBy Evan Thomas | December 12, 2015
Negotiators have approved an ambitious plan to reduce the effects of anthropogenic climate change.
What Happens If Paris Climate Talks Fail?By Sebastian Martinez | December 10, 2015
As climate change talks in Paris draw to a close, the question arises: What happens if they fail to reach a deal? The answer probably isn't promising.
Global CO2 Emissions Dropped In 2015, Report SaysBy Grant Suneson | December 8, 2015
A new study published in Nature says global emissions growth rates slowed down considerably in 2014, and rates may have even declined this year.
In The Face Of Climate Talks, India Looks To Burn More Fossil FuelsBy Sebastian Martinez | December 2, 2015
Despite being one of the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses, India's per-capita emissions are tiny. Here's why that doesn't bode well.
Why President Obama Made This Obvious Admission About Climate ChangeBy Sebastian Martinez | November 30, 2015
President Obama says the U.S. is taking responsibility for the large role it has played in fueling climate change, but why is that important?
Smog In China Reaches Off-The-Charts LevelsBy Carter Woodiel | November 30, 2015
The Chinese government is urging people to stay indoors due to severe smog, just as the country's president arrived in Paris to attend climate talks.
Attacks Overshadow Crucial Paris Climate ConferenceBy Sebastian Martinez | November 29, 2015
The attacks in Paris shifted the global focus from climate change to security less than a month before important climate talks in the city.
Parisians Fill Square With Shoes To Urge Climate Change ReformBy Samantha Crook | November 29, 2015
Parisians filled a public square with shoes and urged world leaders to take action on climate change at the U.N.'s environmental conference in Paris.
Climate Protection Will Need More Money Than It Gets From Paris TalksBy Evan Thomas | November 28, 2015
Private and public funding projects will contribute billions of dollars to combating climate change, but national efforts will need even more money.
Will The Next Big Climate Deal Be Legally Binding?By Sebastian Martinez | November 12, 2015
Comments from Secretary of State John Kerry have people asking this: How important is it that Paris climate talks result in a legally binding treaty?
Millions Of Us Could Be Underwater If Sea Levels Keep RisingBy Katie Link | November 9, 2015
A new report by Climate Central shares images edited to show what the world might look like if sea levels continue to rise.
President Obama Pushes Climate Message On New Facebook PageBy Sebastian Martinez | November 9, 2015
President Obama has joined Facebook. Yes, he already had a campaign profile and an official White House profile, but still. It's about time.
China's Emissions Bombshell Could Strain Climate TalksBy Sebastian Martinez | November 4, 2015
China has released revised data showing it has consumed a lot more coal than previously reported, but its CO2 emissions data isn't lining up.
Paris Climate Pledges Will Fall Short, UN Report SaysBy Evan Thomas | October 31, 2015
A United Nations report says the emissions that countries pledged to cut won't be enough to hit the global target expected at the Paris climate talks.
Airlines Want To Cut CO2, But Only If They All Do It At OnceBy Sebastian Martinez | October 15, 2015
The aviation industry has laid out goals to cut emissions, but they depend on global cooperation to keep the playing field level.
The Paris Climate Talks Depend On These 10 EmittersBy Sebastian Martinez | October 12, 2015
The top 10 greenhouse-gas emitters have submitted their goals for the U.N.'s climate conference in Paris. So what do those objectives look like?
Paris Streets Go Car-Free For The DayBy Ryan Biek | September 27, 2015
Partly rooted in symbolism, partly in necessity, Paris' mayor banned most cars from driving in parts of the city Sunday.
Australia Has A New PM, So Will It Get A New Climate Policy?By Steven Sparkman | September 14, 2015
Tony Abbott was vilified for a lax climate change policy while Malcolm Turnbull called it "the ultimate long-term problem." Should we expect change?
NASA's Sea Level Find Is The Latest 'Too Late' Climate NewsBy Steven Sparkman | August 27, 2015
NASA predicts sea levels will rise by 3 feet this century, minimum. It's the latest news that we may be too late to stop certain climate changes.
Oil Not Among Companies Giving $140B To Fight Global WarmingBy Jamal Andress | July 27, 2015
Some huge companies are part of the White House's new initiative to combat global warming ... except oil companies, perhaps the biggest offenders.
Global Warming Has Likely Caused Permanent Damage To OceansBy Evan Thomas | July 3, 2015
A new research paper says immediate cuts to carbon emissions could help slow down damage to the world’s oceans.
Is Suing Governments The Future Of Climate Change Action?By Sebastian Martinez | July 1, 2015
In Europe, if you want to see climate change action, it could be as easy as suing your government. Oh, and winning.
Australia On Course For Climate Change Showdown In ParisBy Sebastian Martinez | June 11, 2015
Australia faces a big test ahead of the winter climate-summit in Paris. Will the country commit to cutting emissions under international pressure?
Global CO2 Levels Tick Past 400 Parts Per MillionBy Evan Thomas | May 7, 2015
Reversing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would take an unprecedented worldwide effort, say NOAA researchers.
Pope In Philippines: Pontiff Talks Charlie Hebdo, ClimateBy Cliff Judy | January 15, 2015
Pope Francis spoke to reporters before landing in the Philippines. Many in the country are eager to hear his message on the exploited and poor.
What's The Point Of Climate Conferences?By Sebastian Martinez | November 20, 2014
There's optimism about the U.N.'s climate conference in Paris next year, and if climate conferences past are anything to go off, that's notable.
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