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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EPA’s new rule limits states’ ability to regulate pipelines under the Clean Water Act

The EPA’s new rule reverses 50 years of practice regarding how states protect water supplies from large infrastructure projects.

By Susan Phillips

Climate change and deforestation mean Earth’s trees are younger and shorter

The forests of today will not be the forests of tomorrow.

By Nathan Rott/NPR


DEP stood to gain new staffers, but now faces flat funding to start next fiscal year

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget included $5 million to hire more staff at DEP and DCNR.  

By Rachel McDevitt

StateImpact, NPR reporters to host virtual town hall about pandemic’s effect on the environment

Questions about the environment under COVID-19? Register and ask.
By Susan Phillips

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As states plan to sue EPA over Chesapeake Bay cleanup, agency promises modest funds to help efforts

EPA says Pennsylvania has the largest commitment to reduce nitrogen among bay states.

By Rachel McDevitt

Has the pandemic cleaned up our air? Answers could lie on your doorstep

Fewer cars, less coal-powered electricity, and industrial shutdowns combined with a cool and breezy spring has improved air quality in many areas.

By Susan Phillips

Study finds methane leaks in PA are much higher than state reports

Companies use EPA formulas that base emissions on the equipment in use. But the Environmental Defense Fund says when you measure leaks in the field, they’re “always much higher” than the estimates.

By Reid Frazier

Coronavirus delays conservation efforts in Pennsylvania

'The whole spring season is basically lost'
By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front
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