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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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York County lawmaker to lead state delegation to Chesapeake Bay cleanup board

Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) represents an area of York County that borders the Susquehanna River, which is the Chesapeake Bay’s largest source of fresh water.

By Rachel McDevitt

Penn State researchers aim to debunk myths surrounding spotted lanternfly

Some misconceptions about the spotted lanternfly came as a result of misunderstandings about the bug soon after it was discovered in Berks County in 2014.

By Rachel McDevitt

Offshore wind energy lease sale in N.Y., N.J. touted as eventual jobs creator

The fishing industry says the Biden administration is fast-tracking offshore wind development on an industrial scale  at the expense of the environment and sustainable fisheries.

By Susan Phillips

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Hearing officer blocks Allegheny County’s new coke oven regulations for US Steel

A clean-air group criticized the county for limiting its own ability to regulate the company.

By Reid Frazier

Wolf vetoes measure to block RGGI entrance

In his veto message, Wolf said the regulation “is a vital step for Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions and achieve our climate goals.”

By Rachel McDevitt

House environmental chair says he won’t run for reelection

In recent years, Metcalfe invited known climate science deniers to testify at hearings where they argued against measures meant to address global warming.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration says it wants to improve environmental justice policy

Environmental justice areas include low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that shoulder more than a typical share of climate and environmental risks that can affect people’s health.

By Rachel McDevitt

Top stories of 2021: The fight over RGGI

Pennsylvania moved closer this year to joining a regional program to cut emissions from power plants, despite repeated attempts to stop it from Republicans who control the legislature.

By Rachel McDevitt

Lawmakers consider bill to account for cleanup when developing renewable energy projects

Critics say the proposal holds wind and solar to higher standards than natural gas, and could discourage development in the state.

By Rachel McDevitt
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StateImpact Pennsylvania is a collaboration among WITF, WHYY and the Allegheny Front.

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