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Dr Jonathan Pershing is the programme director of environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the US

The Carbon Brief Interview: Dr Jonathan Pershing

Dr Jonathan Pershing is the programme director of environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the US. He had led the programme from 20... Read More

Interviews | Jun 13. 2022.
Wind turbines in the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project, Washington, USA

Windfarms raise incomes and house prices in rural US, study finds

Wind turbines have increased local incomes by around 5% and house values by 2.6% in parts of the US, according to a new study. The research, publi... Read More

Renewables | Jun 7. 2022.
Oil and gas drilling on the Front Range of Colorado

‘One quarter’ of US emissions since 2005 come from fossil fuels on public lands

Emissions equivalent to nearly a quarter of the US total since 2005 have come from fossil fuels extracted on the nation’s public lands and waters, ... Read More

Oil and gas | Apr 21. 2022.
Trucks on desert highway in Arizona, US. Credit: Chris Alan Selby / Alamy Stock Photo. BKNB4K

Coal and trucks pushed US ‘further off track’ for climate targets in 2021

US emissions surged by 6.2% last year, boosted by a renewed reliance on coal power amid soaring natural gas prices, according to the Rhodium Group. ... Read More

US Policy | Jan 10. 2022.
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.
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