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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Group sues to stop permit for new natural gas plant

Says DEP running afoul of Clean Air Act by resurrecting a ‘dead’ permit for Washington County site
By Reid Frazier

Report: Pa. keeps place as top electricity exporter, sends record amount of power in 2020

A new report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office shows Pennsylvania sent more than 79 million megawatt hours of electricity to other states in 2020.

By Rachel McDevitt

Man killed while working at Three Mile Island

TMI Unit 1 owner Exelon Generation said a contract worker was fatally injured around 11 a.m. on Friday.

By Rachel McDevitt

Flight 93 crashed among coal mines. Treating the water there was no ordinary project

Some of those involved in treating the water contaminated by the site’s legacy of coal mining still remember the weight the work carried.

By Madison Goldberg

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Twenty years after Flight 93 crashed, the living memorial faces both old and new threats

A history of coal mining and invasive species are presenting challenges to natural resources at the memorial.

By Rachel McDevitt

Climate change’s ‘fingerprint’ seen in Ida flooding

A mounting body of evidence shows that continued warming is making storms more intense. 

By Reid Frazier

Lawmakers move to block RGGI after rule wins regulatory approval

The vote starts a clock of either 30 calendar days or 10 legislative days — whichever is longer — for the full House and Senate to each send a disapproval resolution to the governor.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among 11 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, aims to cut carbon emissions by charging power plants for each ton of pollution they emit.

By Rachel McDevitt

Judge vacates Trump’s rollback of protections for streams, wetlands

A federal judge said the Trump rule — known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule — had “fundamental, substantive flaws” that “would risk serious environmental harm” if it were upheld, by exposing hundreds of waterways to pollution. 

By Reid Frazier

Ida expected to bring heavy rain, flash floods to Pennsylvania

Forecasters say heavy rain will move west to east across Pennsylvania from Tuesday night to Wednesday night.

By Rachel McDevitt
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