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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Philadelphia aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

City’s mayor says he looks forward to collaborating with the Biden administration and its ‘more serious approach’ to climate change.

By Susan Phillips

Climate scientist Michael Mann: U.S. is in position to be a leader on climate change

The Penn State professor says President-elect Joe Biden has a mandate to act on the climate crisis.

By Anne Danahy

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers sue over Delaware River drilling ban

Senate Republicans say the Delaware River Basin Commission doesn’t have the authority to impose a moratorium on fracking in the basin.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

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State gives $34 million for water cleanup

The largest share is going to efforts in the south central part of the state.

By Rachel McDevitt


Environmentalists see opportunity for legislature in 2021, but also expect repeats of old fights

The General Assembly’s Republican leadership hasn’t yet discussed legislative priorities for the upcoming term.

By Rachel McDevitt

Top stories of 2020: The fight over RGGI

DEP released a draft plan to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in February. Republicans and industry groups pushed back.

By Rachel McDevitt

‘We need to shift focus’: A state program is helping boroughs and towns plan for climate change

This fall, 21 municipalities took an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions, in areas like waste disposal, transportation, and industry. In the spring, they’ll create climate action plans.

By Kara Holsopple/The Allegheny Front

Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals set to flatline next year, unless legislature acts

Advocates for raising the standards say it will create jobs and help address climate change.

By Rachel McDevitt
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