Carbon countdown clock: how much of the world's carbon budget have we spent?

The clock marks how long it will take, if the rate of greenhouse gas emissions stays the same, before 2 degrees celsius of warming is likely. The 2015 Paris climate accord seeks to keep warming well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Here's how The Guardian built the clock. Here's more on Pennsylvania's response to climate change.

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Three Mile Island operator, surrounding communities to scale back emergency planning for shuttered site

Starting in January 2021, Exelon won’t have to maintain a 10-mile planning zone around the plant and it can end off-site radiation monitoring and regular siren tests.

By Rachel McDevitt

How Tropical Storm Isaias is connected to climate change

A new field of climate science known as attribution science examines how a warming atmosphere plays a part in individual weather events.

By Susan Phillips

Rising seas puts hundreds of Superfund sites at risk, study says

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists warns sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could be flooded during severe weather events.

By Susan Phillips

Green stimulus proposal calls for departure from legislative business as usual

The PennFuture report calls for supporting Pennsylvania’s nature-based tourism, agriculture and renewable energy sectors while creating a modern-day Civilian Conservation Corps to help ease unemployment. But some of its proposals have already been snubbed by the Republican-led legislature.

By Rachel McDevitt

Climate change, structural racism pose double threat to Black parents. Birth workers can help

Studies show air pollution, heat associated with low birth weight, preterm birth, stillbirth
By Donna McDermott

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DEP fines CNX $310,000 for pipeline spills in Washington County

Drilling waste, drilling mud got into groundwater, streams
By Reid Frazier

State funding aims to help businesses, schools, agencies move to cleaner fuel vehicles

The state announced $2.1 million in grants
By Anne Danahy

AG charges two pipeline companies over spills in Washington County

Grand jury: contractor 'looked the other way' on one of the spills
By Reid Frazier

More sinkholes develop alongside Mariner East construction in Chester County

Residents asking Public Utility Commission to shut down construction
By Susan Phillips

After five new cases, Shell puts COVID testing site at Beaver County cracker

Workforce up to 3,700 and will increase next week
By Reid Frazier
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