Carbon dioxide

A large coal processing plant is shown from above with several smokestacks billowing emmissions.

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Climate Change

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060.

Two trees are covered in instruments strapped to their bases

The Amazon used to be a hedge against climate change. Those days may be over.

Lava and basalt

Could lava one day be used to store excess CO2?

For years, Shanghai has featured some of China's worst air pollution. Recent initiatives by the Chinese government, though, have begun to clean up some of the problem.

With the US pursuing fossil fuels, alternative, renewable forms of energy could be an even bigger boon to China


Rising CO2 levels threaten global marine life

Global average CO2 concentrations rose at a record rate in 2016 to more than 403 parts per million up from 400.00 ppm in 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Concentrations of CO2 are now nearly 50% higher than pre-industrial levels.

There’s more CO2 in the atmosphere now than any point in almost a million years


The World Meteorological Organization says atmospheric concentrations of CO2 surged to a new record level in 2016. That puts even greater pressure for countries to cut carbon pollution to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Tropical forest Indonesia

Tropical forests are becoming net carbon producers, instead of carbon sinks


Tropical forests have historically absorbed excess carbon dioxide, but new research indicates that these areas have become a net source of CO2.

Smokestack and trees

As global carbon dioxide levels climb, plants are becoming better at photosynthesis


Plants are responding to rising levels of carbon dioxide by performing more photosynthesis and using water more efficiently.

Scott Pruitt

Here’s why new EPA chief Pruitt is ‘absolutely wrong’ about CO2 and climate change


Scott Pruitt says there’s no proof that carbon dioxide pollution is causing the Earth to heat up. Well-established science — and a scientist who’s a fellow Republican — says that’s flat-out wrong.


Some advice for starting your own backyard ‘carbon farm’


A “carbon farming” expert explains how smart perennial planting can help your garden sequester more carbon, and produce more food.