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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Guardian/Vice poll: 7 of 10 U.S. registered voters favor government action to address climate change

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports the complete shift to clean energy, and seven in 10 voters support U.S. involvement in the Paris climate agreement, the poll found.

By Oliver Millman, The Guardian

Scientist spotlight: Penn State’s Ellie Nasr on how wetlands can mitigate effects of climate change

As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s focus on climate change, American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow Donna McDermott spoke to scientists about their connection to one of the world’s critical issues.

By Staff

DEP approves changes to Mariner East construction methods at three troubled sites in Delaware, Chester counties

Mariner East construction at three sites that require drilling through porous limestone can shift from horizontal directional drilling to open trench.

By Susan Phillips

Scientist spotlight: Dr. Aja Carter, who studies dinosaurs, says climate change is outpacing animals’ ability to evolve

As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s focus on climate change, American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow Donna McDermott spoke to scientists about their connection to one of the world’s critical issues.

By Staff

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Trump’s energy secretary questions mainstream science on human impacts of climate change

Scientists says human impacts are clear
By Reid Frazier

More spills at Lebanon County Mariner East pipeline drill site earn Sunoco more violations

DEP recently ordered re-route of line in Chester County for similar problems
By Jon Hurdle

States are doing what big government won’t to stop climate change, and want stimulus funds to help

By James Bruggers, Judy Fahys, Marianne Lavelle, Evelyn Nieves and Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News

Updated: September 21, 2020 | 9:26 am

In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold

“It just kind of changed the game for all industries, including this one,” said a spokesman for a company that wants to build an ethane cracker. “And so they have had to put off their announcement of a decision.”

By Reid Frazier

Pa. hasn’t updated science education standards since 2002. New plan would be first to acknowledge climate change

A proposed update to Pennsylvania’s standards for science education could transform how public school students learn science — and expose them to more information on climate change.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania hits record high

Unconventional drillers extracted 6.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year, a more than 10 percent increase from 2018.

By Rachel McDevitt
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