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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In Pa., you can pick an electricity provider. Did the Texas storm make you rethink your choice?

The commonwealth says it has rules to prevent price spikes. Have you switched from your default electricity provider, or are you thinking about it? StateImpact Pennsylvania wants to hear your story.

By Anne Danahy

In letter, lawmakers try to bypass Wolf, ask RGGI administrator to block Pa.’s entrance

The move is one of several attempts by lawmakers to prevent the state joining the program through regulation.

By Rachel McDevitt

Study finds patients near US Steel plant had worse asthma after 2018 fire

US Steel says it spent $300 million on environmental improvements on the site since the fire, and is in favor of some enhanced public communication system. 

By Reid Frazier

State climate report predicts nearly six-degree temperature rise, more heat waves and intense storms by 2050

The report uses a worst-case scenario climate model, with no assumed solutions, to make its projections. Read the report here.

By Rachel McDevitt

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Legislature revives effort to create special standards for conventional drillers

House Bill 1144 allows companies to spill up to five barrels of oil spills and up to 15 barrels of wastewater without reporting them to the state.

By Rachel McDevitt

Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds

The proportion of wells built within the 500-foot distance of a building fell from 8.6 percent of wells prior to the law to 5.7 percent after. But the study’s authors said that trend was already occurring before the law was passed.

By Reid Frazier

US Steel cancels $1B upgrade to Pittsburgh plants

Company cites climate goals, delays in local permitting; finger-pointing ensues
By Reid Frazier

SCOTUS hears arguments in eminent domain case involving PennEast pipeline project

New Jersey wants to block the project, saying the constitution bars the private company from seizing state-controlled land through eminent domain.

By Susan Phillips

US Steel drops plan for fracking at steel mill

Some residents and environmental groups had fought the effort for years.

By Reid Frazier

Updated: April 27, 2021 | 5:39 pm

Senate moves new bill to keep Pa. out of RGGI without General Assembly’s OK

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 119 along party lines.

By Rachel McDevitt
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