Questions tagged [climate-change]

While this tag may be used to refer to any change in the climate, it is most often used when discussing the politics of, and related belief/non-belief in, global warming as a human-induced climactic change affecting the world.

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Are any governments promoting work from home as an effective solution to decreasing pollution and CO2 emissions?

There's much talk about work from home: efficiency, people who like it, people who don't, but I didn't see any policy talk, by governments, about its impact on the environment and whether it should be ...
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Is there a government that considers investing in artificial meat in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions related to meat production?

This Wikipedia section argues about the greenhouse gas emissions related to meat production (~ 14 - 15% of of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions). Clearly reducing greenhouse gas emissions should ...
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What other EU countries (besides Romania) have raised major concerns about the “European Green Deal”?

Former Romanian president Basescu was paraphrased as saying in a recent interview that: The European Green Deal “will definitely create tensions” inside the EU, and risks pushing “two or three ...
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Is the blocking of Heathrow's third runway the first time a national government has been held to an international climate agreement by the judiciary?

On the 27th of February, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that the government's decision to allow the expansion of Heathrow Airport was unlawful because the government had not taken its commitments made ...
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If natural gas replaces coal, can a gas exporting country claim the reduced emissions towards its Paris Agreement targets?

According to the Alberta government's "Canadian Energy Centre": Canada’s success as global LNG player also hinges on a key piece of international climate policy that seeks to define how countries ...
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If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?

Grid parity happens when the renewable energy source is competitive with fossil fuels without government subsidies. It has apparently already been reached by wind and solar power, at least in some ...
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Is there any country other than Austria with a conservative-Green government?

Austria is now going to have a coalition government between the right-wing People's Party and the Greens. This is interesting; the parties are, from a US perspective, pretty much opposites of each ...
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Why aren't we seeing carbon taxes in practice?

(I originally posed this question under economics -- https://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/33267/why-arent-we-seeing-carbon-taxes-in-practice -- where the consensus seems to be that in ...
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Paris Climate Agreement: a mechanism for exchanging CO2 quotas?

First, I will admit I'm not an expert on climate agreements, I just believe scientists when they say we're doing the global warming. As I understand the Paris Climate Agreement, each country resolved ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

As far as I can tell, green political parties worldwide are almost all opposed to nuclear power. Considering nuclear power is a low-carbon source of electricity (in fact, in terms of the total-...
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Why would a small country invest to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, rather than adaptation to global warming?

Quick summary of premises of this question: There's major anthropogenic global warming going on, and predictions say it will accelerate the next 50 years if global and radical action is not taken ...
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Does Fox News have a history of being skeptical of climate change science?

Does Fox News have a history of being skeptical of or minimizing the effects of global warming? If yes, does this reflect the Republican view of the phenomenon or is it specific to Fox News?
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Why would Climate activists disrupt public transport?

I woke up today to reports that climate activists have disrupted public transport in my home city: https://www.cityam.com/tube-delays-city-commuters-face-rush-hour-chaos-on-dlr-and-jubilee-line/ ...
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How can choosing petroleum origin when refueling be arranged?

A statutory instrument becomes effective in May 2020 in Sweden saying that petroleum providers need to declare country of origin of liquid and gaseous fuel. How could this be arranged as an active ...
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Green New Deal. Does it implies realization in the US only? [closed]

You may hear about that new democratic program - Green New Deal It sounds very interesting, as it is huge, and gives bonuses for nearly all. But this program implies huge changes in the US. In some ...
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What are the personal costs of taking action on climate change? [closed]

In the midst of ongoing climate strikes, I'm wondering if the personal costs of taking action on climate change have been given anywhere. For example: We can close down all our coal-powered power ...
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Does Greta Thunberg acts alone, only with her family? [closed]

Recently, we all heard Greta's emotional speech about climate and world problems. I was a bit surprised, how that small girl could climb so high - into UN tribune. Then I opened Wikipedia, but didn't ...
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Why don't climate change activists focus on specific negative effects predicted for a given location? [closed]

As an example, large parts of Florida are predicted to become completely submerged by the end of the century. So why don't activists fighting against climate change set up billboards in Miami warning ...
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What is the best way to implement the top solution to climate change politically? [closed]

Please don't answer without citing scientific research which has a general consensus or article from a reputable source based on verifiable research citations. I recently read this article about a ...
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Shouldn't countries like Russia and Canada support global warming?

Shouldn't these countries benefit from it? Shouldn't they want heat to melt the ice?
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What's the difference between AOC's Green New Deal and Sanders' Green New Deal?

Both Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have revealed a sweeping plan to inact environmental policies that would, among other things, attempt to slow the progress of ...
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Why is neither methane nor fracking mentioned in the Green New Deal?

Background The Green New Deal cites the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC in the first paragraph establishing the issues and effects of the current, and likely future, of global warming. ...
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Why don't believers of climate change just take matters in their own hands? [closed]

Some people believe in climate change, others don't. Some want to do something about it, some don't. For the purposes of this question, let us limit ourselves to the States. This data suggests that ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

Fact A: Climate change is predominantly caused by fossil fuel usage (focusing only on what we humans control). Fact B: Many people do not believe that climate change is an important issue. Fact C: ...
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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

I wonder whether there is an official statement that some electric car incentives in Norway were stopped, because they were too costly. I came across this document, that states at the very bottom (I ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny anthropogenic climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations? [duplicate]

In the United States, conservatives tend to be against climate change regulations more frequently than the rest of the population. Conservatives in the U.S. tend to hold traditional and Christian ...
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Why did British Steel have to borrow 120 million pounds (from the government) to cover its ETS obligations?

Can someone clarify why British Steel had to receive a UK government loan for this sum of 120 million pounds? Did British Steel need this money to buy ETS allowances, or were these fines for not ...
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Where does the EU ETS fine money go?

An EU ETS factsheet says: A business is penalised if it does not surrender enough allowances. It has to buy allowances to make up the shortfall, is “named and shamed” by having its name ...
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Does the EU ETS primary auction money pass through the “EU coffers” at all?

As far as I could discover, although the EU runs a centralized Union Registry for ETS transactions, in which all member states must participate (well the UK was suspended at the beginning of this year)...
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How does the EU Emissions Trading Scheme account for increased emissions outside the EU?

If a third country (say China) is not beholden to the same emissions trading scheme, market forces should push steel production into the countries where costly emissions credits are not needed and ...
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Carbon offsets mentioned in governmental emission reduction targets?

Multiple states within the United States and other countries have emissions reduction targets. This morning, I listened to a story where the university of California San Francisco achieved their ...
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If climate change impact can be observed in nature, has that had any effect on rural, i.e. farming community, perception of the scientific consensus?

Simply put, rural US districts tend to be more conservative so tend to vote Republican. And the rejection of climate change theory has been a bedrock of Republican politics for years by now. If one ...
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Climate change: what is the point of protesting?

I’m a little scared of asking this question, since some may misunderstand me. I do believe in climate change and the impact of human activities on it. And I do believe that protesting can actually ...
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How can half agree with the 3 percent of research that can't [duplicate]

I have been avoiding English 200 since 1997... now 8 weeks in, it's time for my research proposal. I chose the environment, so my question is: How can half of a population (the Republican Party) ...
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Would the Green New Deal result in socialism? [closed]

In a recent Wall St. Journal editorial, Fred Barnes writes: a vast Green New Deal would propel America in a socialist direction Is this a believable consequence of the aspirations and goals of The ...
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Do two-thirds of Americans believe that Congress needs to act on a climate crisis?

In comments about the Green New Deal on Feb 14, 2019, US Senator Chuck Schumer said: "I challenge Leader McConnell to say that our climate change crisis is real, that it’s caused by humans, and ...
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Why is Cap-and-trade considered a solution to Global Warming?

I'm sure we've heard it all: Global-level mass-extinction, famine, war, disease, natural disasters, basically an apocalypse waiting for us if we don't reduce carbon emissions to halt global warming (...
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Population growth must be slowed to avoid catastrophic climate change: anybody saying this? [closed]

TL;DR: Title says it all. You do not have to be a math genius for this equation. The more people live, the more our ecosystem suffers, the faster it's resources are burnt up. I understand from a ...
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How feasible is the green new deal?

I am trying to look up the cost and benefits to implement the green new deal and I can not find any such cost benefit analysis. I understand that the benefits may be a bit intangible so I guess I am ...
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Since climate change is inevitable, why don't governments have plans in place to slowly evacuate citizens from the most affected regions? [closed]

As an example, it is predicted that one third of Florida will be submerged under the ocean by the year 2100. However I haven't heard of any plans in plans in place to slowly relocate the city of Miami ...
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Reasons given by free market advocates against a carbon tax?

I see people who like free markets have two main reasons why: one due to the efficiency, the other due to the freedom, or a combination of both. For the people who value efficiency, why not support a ...
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Does breaking a Paris climate vow result in sanctions by the UN?

Today I read in the Washington Post that: On the eve of the most important global climate meeting in years, a definitive United Nations report has found that the world is well off course on its ...
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Did any or many conservative news outlets report on the new IPCC climate change report today? [closed]

I read stories today about the International Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, releasing their conclusions of a three-year-long report. It states that by 2030 we will have reached their set safety ...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

There are endless debates about climate change and CO2 reduction. The US decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement, although there are no legally binding requirements. Also, this article argues ...
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How binding is the two degree temperature limit agreement really?

The context for this question, is the recent court ruling about the nitrogen dioxide limits in German cities (An english article I found about it). Or this one written before the ruling, but arguably ...
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Why is the climate change debate so often framed in terms of whether or not it's due to human activity?

This one has been puzzling me. When I hear debates about climate change, very often it seems like the debate has been centered around whether or not it is caused by human activity. To me this aspect ...
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Why would California sign an agreement with China?

Written in US state of California signs accord with China for green technology development: The agreement comes less than one week after US President Donald Trump said the US was leaving the ...
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When will the US effectively exit from Paris Agreement?

When the COP21 was signed, a lock was added binding the countries entering it for 4 years, counting from November 4, 2016. Commitments from other countries push accord forward and is set to be ...
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What was the point of the Paris Climate Agreement if all targets are self-determined and non-binding?

So from reading the answers in this question, it seems the Paris Climate Agreement was basically non-binding with no actual consequences and in addition, the targets are set by the host countries ...