Climate Change
EU GHG Emissions Dropped 24% in 30 Years

EU GHG Emissions Dropped 24% in 30 Years

Since 1990, the European Union has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent. It’s all part of the bloc’s goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The next big step toward that goal will be hitting a 55 percent reduction by 2030 — more than doubling the change over the last 30 years in the coming decade. The details of those goals will be hammered out in meetings next month

Why This Matters: Europe’s pledge to reach neutrality by 2050 is a legal commitment that guides banks, policies, and decision-making. Each of the EU’s 27 countries must now write its own plan for how to reach these targets.

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Fannie and Freddie Mortgages Vastly Underestimate Flooding Risks

Fannie and Freddie Mortgages Vastly Underestimate Flooding Risks

Climate-induced flooding has inundated coastal cities, yet new reporting from Politico shows that government mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to pump money into severely flood-prone property markets.  As such in the Florida town of Hialeah, federal taxpayers hold greater than 60% of home mortgages. And as Politico explained, “if the homes […]

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Trump Blasts Paris Agreement at Virtual G20 Summit

Trump Blasts Paris Agreement at Virtual G20 Summit

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer While attending this year’s virtual G20 summit on Sunday, President Trump blasted the Paris Climate Agreement, which President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin on his first day as president. Trump claimed that the international agreement, which involves the interests of almost 200 sovereign nations all with their own […]

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Biden Looks to Paris as Trump Tantrum Continues

Biden Looks to Paris as Trump Tantrum Continues

by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet After the United States formally withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Joe Biden transition team has repeatedly signaled that rejoining the international agreement will be a Day 1 priority. Biden’s all-of-government approach to climate action will help orient the power of the federal government […]

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Combating Climate Change on Day 1 By Enlisting the Defense Department

Combating Climate Change on Day 1 By Enlisting the Defense Department


One of the promises made by President-Elect Joe Biden during the campaign was that his administration would use the full powers of government to fight climate change.  To get more bang for his buck (sorry the puns just keeping on rolling along), he need only look to the Department of Defense, with an annual budget […]

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“Super Emitters” to Blame for Half of Aviation Industry’s Carbon Emissions

“Super Emitters” to Blame for Half of Aviation Industry’s Carbon Emissions

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer  The aviation industry is a major contributor to climate change — it was responsible for 2.5% of global carbon emissions, and in 2018, the total pollutants from commercial aviation drove about 5% of warming globally.  But the majority of this pollution is the result of frequent-flying “super emitters.” A […]

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