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The Carbon Brief Profile: USA

The Carbon Brief Profile: United States

In the latest article in a series on the world’s key emitters Carbon Brief looks at the US, which, to date, has contributed more to human-caused cl... Read More

Country profiles | Apr 22. 2021.

Media reaction: What Joe Biden’s US election victory means for climate change

Joe Biden’s US election victory has been hailed as a significant turning point in US policy on everything from racial injustice to the Covid-19 pan... Read More

Media analysis | Nov 10. 2020.

US election: Climate experts react to Joe Biden’s victory

After a drawn-out election that saw narrow wins in a handful of battleground states, Joe Biden has emerged victorious over Donald Trump in the US pre... Read More

US Policy | Nov 9. 2020.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden pin badges, pictured of the USA flag.

US election tracker 2020: Democrats and Republicans on energy and climate

On 3 November, US voters will decide whether to keep Donald Trump in the White House for another four years or replace him with Joe Biden. The res... Read More

US Policy | Sep 29. 2020.
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in 2019. Credit: SOPA Images Limited / Alamy Stock Photo.

Four more years of Donald Trump could 'delay global emissions cuts by 10 years’

Donald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting global emissions targets to “near zero”, ... Read More

US Policy | May 27. 2020.
Classic American car parked at night on Seventh Avenue , New York City, USA. 30 July 2018. Credit: Jordi De Rueda Roigé / Alamy Stock Photo

Fuel savings in US cars have ‘cut 17bn tonnes of CO2 since 1975’

Fuel-economy improvements in US “light-duty” vehicles have saved 17bn tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) over the past four decades, according to a new study.... Read More

Emissions | May 19. 2020.
An array of solar troughs in the North American southwest desert - California, USA

Solar power could replace all US hydro dams using ‘just 13% of the space’

Banks of solar panels would be able to replace every electricity-producing dam in the US using just 13% of the space, according to a new study. The... Read More

Renewables | Aug 26. 2019.
Traffic overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, US. Credit: Bob Kreisel / Alamy Stock Photo.

Analysis: How Trump’s rollback of vehicle fuel standards would increase US emissions

The Trump administration’s plans to rollback vehicle fuel-economy standards could increase emissions from the light vehicles sector by 13%, a Carbon... Read More

US Policy | Jul 10. 2019.
The Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Lobbying against key US climate regulation ‘cost society $60bn’, study finds

Political lobbying in the US that helped block the progress of proposed climate regulation a decade ago led to a social cost of $60bn, according to a ... Read More

US Policy | May 27. 2019.
A car transporter carries new Tesla Model 3 vehicles along the highway, California, US. Credit: Andrei Stanescu / Alamy Stock Photo. R6HR26

Factcheck: How electric vehicles help to tackle climate change

Update 7/2/2020: The lifecycle emissions figures were revised to reflect more recent data on electricity carbon intensity and battery manufacture. ... Read More

Factchecks | May 13. 2019.
Tom Steyer, president of NextGen America, at COP24, Katowice, Poland.

COP24 video: How can the Paris Agreement stay on track in a world with Bolsonaro and Trump?

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP24, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year... Read More

COP24 Katowice | Dec 10. 2018.
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