Emissions Reduction

Washington’s key climate law is under attack

In 2023, the state’s Climate Commitment Act generated more than $2 billion for projects to clean up transportation, shift to clean energy and help communities adapt to the effects of a changing climate. But this fall, voters will get a chance to shut it all down.

Chicago could be first major Midwestern city to ban gas in new construction

Buildings are Chicago’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, but efforts to decarbonize them are facing union opposition.

Washington’s cap on carbon is raising billions for climate action. Can it survive the backlash?

A repeal initiative blaming the state's climate law for higher gas prices could wind up on the ballot in November.

A carbon offset project that’s actually working

Visiting Alaska is an emissions-heavy prospect. An innovative program has tourists ease that by helping buy heat pumps for locals.

A court struck down local gas bans—so Seattle and other cities are getting creative

Amid an uncertain legal landscape, lawmakers are finding new ways to electrify buildings.

Study: Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers produce as much pollution as long car trips

A report from the Maryland Department of the Environment report recommends that state and local governments promote the use of electric lawn equipment instead of air polluting tools like leafblowers.

Hear that? It’s the sound of leaf blower bans.

As restrictions spread, neighborhoods are getting quieter—and cleaner.

Drones spot energy leaks to boost building efficiency

New York City is exploring how drones equipped with thermal cameras and lidar can better identify flaws in exterior walls and roofs that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads

Cycling trails, electric street sweepers and EV charging stations are among the ideas.

Exxon, Apple and other corporate giants will have to disclose all their emissions under California’s new climate laws that will have a global impact

COMMENTARY | California is the world’s fifth-largest economy. Laws tested there often spread across the U.S. and around the world.

Why some power companies support climate laws, but others don’t

Electric utilities have considerable political juice in state capitols, which a study found they can use to promote or stymie greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

A group of US governors promises to install 20 million heat pumps by 2030

And they want to put at least 40 percent of them in disadvantaged communities.

A simple way to make electric cars more accessible: Share them

Car shares not only make electric vehicles more equitable, they reduce the number of vehicles on the road and the resources needed to decarbonize transport.

Virginia is bailing on a carbon cap-and-invest program. Activists say that might be illegal.

If the state ditches the program, millions of dollars in climate resilience funding could be lost.