Greenhouse gas emissions

A Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare flame that is part of normal plant operations, in Anacortes, Washington.

Are carbon offsets really as effective as advocates claim?

Climate Change

More than 170 major companies have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, with many counting on carbon offsets and carbon trading programs to help them reach that goal. But critics say offsets are not nearly enough to address the danger to the planet from continually rising greenhouse gas emissions.

The top of a palace building in China's Forbidden City is barely viewable in a photograph showing a dense amount of smog.

China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change

Climate Change
A smokestack burns in the distance of a rugged area with dried leaves and grass.

China launches world’s largest carbon market

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Forests cover about 80% of the Maritime Provinces of eastern Canada. Around half of that land is owned by smallholders.

Can carbon offsets preserve Canadian woodlands?

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Joe Biden climate executive action

Biden vows to take a ‘whole of government’ approach to climate change

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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.

Chevron Bay Area fire

Lawsuits took down Big Tobacco. Can they make oil companies accountable for climate change?


Large cities like San Francisco and New York, along with smaller cities and counties in California, want the big oil companies to pay for the harm their products have caused in the form of rising seas, floods and drought. Better science and clear evidence of deception give these lawsuits far more traction than in the past.

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.

Airplane takeoff

Airlines embrace carbon reductions, but fear the Trump administration might get in their way


President Trump may have decided to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, but America’s airlines are still bound by a separate agreement that regulates global warming gases from international flights. The Trump administration is reviewing the deal, but US air carriers say pulling out would hurt their competitiveness and raise costs.

India solar panel

India’s renewable energy revolution is racing ahead


Prior to the signing of the Paris climate agreement, few nations saw India as a leader in climate policy. But in 2015, the world’s third-biggest CO2 emitter began a breathtaking transformation, embracing renewable energy and slashing growth in carbon emissions. Now, the country of 1.3 billion people is a leader in clean energy in the developing world.