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the race to zero emissions
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
"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?
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
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
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
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
We've been moving in the wrong direction for years.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The economics of driving seven Teslas for 2.5 million miles.
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
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
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
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
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.