Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

Biden Administration Aims For 80% Clean Electricity by 2030

The Biden administration is aiming to set a national clean energy mandate that the nation obtains 80% of its power from clean, emissions-free sources by 2030. This 2030 aim will be a major step for the United States towards reaching net zero emissions by 2035, Biden’s overall climate goal. 

Why this Matters:  This mandate would lower emissions by requiring a transition to renewables like wind, solar, and nuclear energy.

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75% of Global Companies Failing to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

75% of Global Companies Failing to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though many companies have publicly announced their commitments to achieving net-zero emissions, new research paints a more sobering picture — less than a quarter of the world’s large public companies are on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement by 2050.  In fact, emissions have continued to […]

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Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany wants to be the model for transitioning from coal to clean energy. The country plans to stop using coal by 2038 and has dedicated billions of dollars to make it a successful transition. As BBC’s Future Planet reports, a nonprofit near one of the country’s mines are engaging locals in the North-Rhine Westphalia region — many of them employed by the mines — to plan for their future. 

Why This Matters: First off: the European Union has called for an end of coal by 2030. So Germany’s timeline is longer than recommended to hit the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target, and mine expansions are still planned in coming years.

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Biden’s Updated Climate Targets Could Set the Stage for Next 10 Years of Climate Policy

Biden’s Updated Climate Targets Could Set the Stage for Next 10 Years of Climate Policy

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer This week the world is watching the U.S. with rare intensity. The world has awaited multiple decisions with bated breath, but on April 22nd, U.S. climate ambition will be in the spotlight. The President is expected to announce the nation’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris agreement during his […]

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Google Unveils 37 Year Time-lapse of Earth’s Surface, Reveals Melting Glaciers, Deforestation

Google Unveils 37 Year Time-lapse of Earth’s Surface, Reveals Melting Glaciers, Deforestation

In time for Earth Day, last week Google unveiled Google Earth Timelapse, allowing users to see zoomable videos documenting how the Earth has changed since 1984. Through the eyes of a satellite, users can view sobering and sometimes alarming trends of deforestation, sea-level rise, dried up seas, and urban sprawl. 

Why This Matters: The world is fast approaching its deadline to stop global temperature rise and prevent total climate catastrophe, but in the U.S., the world’s second-largest emissions producer, some politicians are still fighting the climate efforts to control emissions.

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300 Companies Sign Letter Urging Biden to Adopt 50% Emissions Goals by 2030

300 Companies Sign Letter Urging Biden to Adopt 50% Emissions Goals by 2030

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ahead of President Biden’s virtual Earth Day climate summit, more than 300 businesses and investors are urging the president to set ambitious 2030 emissions goals. Since rejoining the Paris agreement on his first day in office, Biden’s administration has yet to release an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) but has promised to do so before […]

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