Climate Change

Can a Future Ban on Gas-Powered Cars Work?

With more than 270 million motor vehicles registered in the U.S. and a long tradition of powering cars and trucks with fossil fuels, how will it be possible to make the switch to electric vehicles?

Landmark Climate Policy Faces Growing Claims of Environmental Racism

Concerns about California’s cap-and-trade program derailed a likely EPA chief.

The New Plans to Remake Appalachia’s Economy

Mayors from the region and others want the Biden administration to embrace their proposals for billions of dollars of spending, with a heavy emphasis on clean energy projects, as a way to reinvent the region as coal declines.

Report: States Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Are Among the Least Prepared

New research suggests that states that are most vulnerable to the health effects of climate change—including flooding, food shortages and heat-related deaths and illnesses—have done the least to prepare to handle them.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Widely used herbicides are struggling to kill some weeds. Some experts think heat could be part of the problem.

With New Funding Elusive, a Governor Turns to Planning to Address Flood Hazards

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf outlined a three-pronged initiative this week. “It’s the best we can do right now,” he said.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Was a Record-Smasher

COMMENTARY | It’s raising more concerns about climate change.

Biden Will Face Limits Reversing Trump-Era Environmental Policies

Environmental groups want to see the president-elect roll back the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda and make progress on climate and other issues. But major legislation will be tough to pass and revamping rules will take time.

State and Local Officials Want to See Climate Policy Support—and Funding—Under Biden Administration

At a virtual event held by the NewDEAL Forum, state and local officials discussed their next steps on climate policy.

State Climate Action Unlikely After Democrats Fail to Flip Statehouses

After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping climate action—at least at the state level—have dimmed.

Fast Moving Colorado Wildfire Still Raging in State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan prohibits voters from carrying guns to the polls … Virginia home health workers to get one-time bonus pay … Rhode Island cracks down on break rooms.

As Wildfires Burn, Assigning Blame Is Complicated

COMMENTARY | Climate change has made environmental catastrophes more frequent and severe. But government missteps are also at fault.

Kill Your Gas Stove

It’s bad for you, and the environment. If you can afford to avoid it, you probably should.

Report: The Country's Top Cities for Clean Energy Policy

New York City, Boston and Seattle top the 2020 Clean Energy Scorecard, which ranks 100 cities on local efforts to implement clean energy policy. But only 20 cities are on track to meet their own community climate goals.

Supreme Court to Hear Energy Companies’ Appeal in City Climate Change Lawsuit

The suit brought by Baltimore is part of a national trend of cities, counties, and state governments suing oil and gas companies over the impact of climate change.

Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

“You have built in a place that’s naturally giving into the lake.”

The Insurance Industry Can Help States Act on Climate Change

COMMENTARY | States looking to act on climate change should consider partnering with the industry.

Breonna Taylor Decision Sparks Nationwide Protests

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California pledges to eliminate new gas-powered cars by 2035 ... Louisiana's voter-registration website goes down on National Voter Registration Day ... Missouri governor tests positive for Covid-19.

CDC Pulls Updated Guidance on Coronavirus Spread, Saying it was Posted By Mistake

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Barges came ashore during Florida hurricane ... Maryland lab stopped using coronavirus tests acquired by governor after false positives ... Pennsylvania inmate finds noose in bed.