the race to zero emissions

Cities are set to miss 80% of their 2020 emission reduction goals

Cities are set to miss 80% of their 2020 emission reduction goals

Current progress is not nearly enough to help limit global warming.
TED wants to become the global hub for the climate change crisis

TED wants to become the global hub for the climate change crisis

"We have to break out of our usual silos and work in imaginative ways."
The world plans to fix climate change with carbon credits. But do they work?

The world plans to fix climate change with carbon credits. But do they work?

Carbon credits often get funneled to specific tree-planting projects. But it’s very hard to make sure those new trees don't disappear.
Climate resilience will come from prioritizing humans—not what we’ve built

Climate resilience will come from prioritizing humans—not what we’ve built

If left unaddressed, climate change will make uninhabitable many places that millions of people call home.
At the Madrid climate talks, carbon offsets—and the future of the planet—are on the table

At the Madrid climate talks, carbon offsets—and the future of the planet—are on the table

One of the main matters of debate will be setting rules for carbon markets, one of the few internationally coordinated efforts to contain climate change.
Black Friday’s environmental cost is sparking worldwide protests

Black Friday’s environmental cost is sparking worldwide protests

Activists blocked an Amazon warehouse in the suburbs of Paris, holding signs that read "Amazon: For the climate, for jobs, stop expansion, stop over-production!"
The UN all but admits we will probably pass the 1.5°C point of no return

The UN all but admits we will probably pass the 1.5°C point of no return

We've been moving in the wrong direction for years.
Climate change threatens 945 US toxic waste sites with flood and fire

Climate change threatens 945 US toxic waste sites with flood and fire

And the agency in charge of their safety is doing little about it.
Harnessing the sun’s heat for industry could cut 10% of global carbon emissions

Harnessing the sun’s heat for industry could cut 10% of global carbon emissions

Concentrating solar energy to capture its heat is nothing new. But no plant had achieved temperatures in excess of 1,000°C.
Regulating the booming Arctic cruise industry is proving frustratingly difficult

Regulating the booming Arctic cruise industry is proving frustratingly difficult

The Arctic's many jurisdictions result in patchy or non-existent regulation.
Psychologists from 40 countries pledged to use their jobs to address climate change

Psychologists from 40 countries pledged to use their jobs to address climate change

The climate crisis has major mental-health impacts. Psychologists want to do something about it.
Scientists are taking concrete steps towards reducing cement’s massive carbon footprint

Scientists are taking concrete steps towards reducing cement’s massive carbon footprint

Given the monumental scale of its carbon footprint, cement alone could make or break efforts to slow global warming.
Progress toward a new plastic plant highlights Europe’s plastic paradox

Progress toward a new plastic plant highlights Europe’s plastic paradox

Petrochemical giant Ineos was granted a permit to cut down a wood to build a new plastic plant in Antwerp.
A common cost-saving practice of airlines trashes the planet in the process

A common cost-saving practice of airlines trashes the planet in the process

Fuel tankering may save airlines as little as $52 per flight while putting tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

The economics of driving seven Teslas for 2.5 million miles.
Europe is importing fracked gas from the US to make new plastic

Europe is importing fracked gas from the US to make new plastic

A new plastic production plant in Europe would make around one million tons of plastic a year.
An environmental expert’s strategy for unwrapping our plastic recycling crisis

An environmental expert’s strategy for unwrapping our plastic recycling crisis

Judith Enck worked behind the scenes on plastic in the government for decades. Now, she’s working to change it from the outside.
The incomprehensible scale of global plastic production, broken down

The incomprehensible scale of global plastic production, broken down

To even begin to understand the size of our plastic problem, we need a little help from ships, Shakespeare, and the Roman empire.
Greta Thunberg needs to cross the Atlantic again. Here are her options

Greta Thunberg needs to cross the Atlantic again. Here are her options

Traveling by some kinds of boats may be three to four times more harmful than getting on a plane.
Watch: Our call on India and its addiction to coal

Watch: Our call on India and its addiction to coal

Quartz senior reporter Akshat Rathi and science editor Katie Palmer examine whether India can wean itself off its dependence on coal and help the rest of the world avoid climate catastrophe.