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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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State report shows strong natural gas production growth in 2021

Pennsylvania drillers are producing more natural gas while slowing the rate at which they drill new wells.

By Rachel McDevitt

Advocates hope federal infrastructure money will spur people to buy EVs

More EV use will be needed for the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with its climate goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

By Rachel McDevitt

With energy prices high, Pennsylvanians urged to review utility options

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects households that use natural gas for heat will spend 30 percent more than they spent last winter on average.

By Rachel McDevitt

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Coal-fired power plants, including two in Pa., to close after new wastewater rule

The national impact of the wastewater rule is still coming into focus, but at least 26 plants in 14 states said they will stop burning coal, according to the Sierra Club, which has been tracking state regulatory filings.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Pa. officials hope COP26 urgency translates to action at home

Pennsylvania leaders who attended COP26 left feeling optimistic but mindful of more work ahead.

By Rachel McDevitt

​​How to address the looming crisis of climate anxiety

As climate change worsens, the need will grow for mental health services. Some therapists are recommending climate action to ease worry. Others are advocating for community-based therapies to fill the gap.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

PUC approves $1.975M settlement with Energy Transfer for Pa. pipeline blast

Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a record $30 million fine to the company for the blast, focusing on the pipeline’s faulty slope stabilization.

By Reid Frazier

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you’re not alone

Research shows more people are having trouble coping with the climate crisis and their numbers will only increase in the coming years. Experts are concerned it’s taking a toll on mental health.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

Pa. moving forward with rule to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in water

On Tuesday, the Department of Environmental Protection presented a draft rule on PFAS standards for the state’s nearly 3,000 public water systems to EQB.

By Rachel McDevitt
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