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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.
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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

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of meeting global goals on climate change. They feature prominently in mitigation pathways that limit... 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.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to activists with the Sunrise Movement, 13 November 2018. Credit: Sunrise Movement.

Explainer: Why some US Democrats want a ‘Green New Deal’ to tackle climate change

Update – 7 February 2019: The text of a green new deal resolution for the US House of Representatives has been released. A section has been added at... Read More

US Policy | Dec 3. 2018.
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New maps pinpoint the potential for BECCS across the US

Models developed to explore how the world might limit future warming to the “well below 2C” target of the Paris Agreement on climate change... Read More

Technology | Mar 12. 2018.
Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting.

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for... Read More

COP23 Bonn | Nov 19. 2017.
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California’s new law aims to tackle imported emissions

California has started a large investment in infrastructure. In early 2017, the US state approved $52bn in spending on repair and maintenance... Read More

US Policy | Oct 18. 2017.
US power sources overlaid on satellite imagery of the US at night. Map by Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

Mapped: How the US generates electricity

The US electricity system is often described as the world's largest machine. It is also incredibly diverse, reflecting the policy preferences, needs... Read More

Infographics | Oct 10. 2017.

Analysis: Why US carbon emissions have fallen 14% since 2005

Before 2005, US carbon emissions were marching upwards year after year, with little sign of slowing down. After this point, they fell quickly,... Read More

Emissions | Aug 15. 2017.
The 110 Harbour Freeway and Downtown Los Angeles skyline, California, United States of America, North America

Explainer: California's new 'cap-and-trade' scheme to cut emissions

Last month, California’s politicians agreed a new cap-and-trade bill to help curb the state's emissions. This week, governor Jerry Brown signed it... Read More

US Policy | Jul 28. 2017.
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