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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Biden’s climate-focused infrastructure plan geared to curb U.S. carbon emissions

Environmental groups cheered the plan, which calls for spending on everything from renewable energy to plugging old oil and gas wells that emit methane.

By Reid Frazier


Injection wells exist to hold fracking wastewater — but the water can move. Here’s how

If the chemical-laced water reaches the surface, it can cause problems. One expert says it would be hard to totally prevent that from happening.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

Gas drilling firms defeat Pennsylvania’s anti-trust lawsuit

Pennsylvania’s highest court has delivered a victory for natural gas exploration firms, ruling that the state attorney general’s office doesn’t have authority under state law to sue them on anti-trust grounds over their mineral rights-leasing practices.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

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Chesapeake fined $1.9 million for wetland, stream violations in PA

The company’s internal audit found it diverted or filled in over 28 acres of wetlands and 2,300 feet of streams in Pennsylvania. 

By Reid Frazier

DEP finds PFAS in one-third of public water systems; none exceeded EPA limit

A proposed state regulation is expected this year that would set health limits for some of the chemicals, which have been linked to serious illnesses.

By Jon Hurdle

Contaminated Chester County site still mired in legal fights over redevelopment plan

The DEP says it is working on cleanup standards the developer would have to meet before it could build town homes on the 14-acre Bishop Tube site, which is polluted with a number of toxic chemicals.

By Jon Hurdle

Community group created to advise TMI cleanup

Decommissioning company EnergySolutions agreed to work with a citizen committee after state regulators objected to accelerated plans to dismantle the site last year.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration to buy half of state government’s electricity from solar

The projects spread across six counties will add 191 megawatts of solar energy in the state, nearly double how much is produced statewide now.

By Rachel McDevitt

Group worries that new air pollution permit could allow Clairton coke works to pollute more

A company spokesperson said the purpose of putting in new pollution controls is to improve the efficiency of the pollution collection system, not to increase coke production

By Reid Frazier
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