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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What US Supreme Court ruling(s) address the SEC's proposed "Scope 3 disclosure rule" that companies must state their climate change impact?

The Reuters 2022-03-22 piece U.S. SEC proposes companies disclose range of climate risks, emissions data begins: WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator on Monday proposed ...
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Which countries or territories are not parties to the UNFCCC?

According to Wikipedia's list of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: As of 2015, the UNFCCC has 197 parties including all United Nations member states, United ...
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Why should nations that stand to benefit from climate change have to contribute to the fight against it?

Based on this article, this article and this article, global warming could benefit some countries in the world. The first article (withdrawn later as pointed out by LShaver) says the warming of ...
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Why didn’t most governments implement NDCs aggressively at 2015 Paris agreements?

A pair of studies in Nature found that as of 2017 none of the major industrialized nations were implementing the policies they had pledged at the 2015 Paris agreement, and none met their pledged ...
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Has anyone besides the EU classified nuclear as a "green investment"?

From the New York Times article "Europe Plans to Say Nuclear Power and Natural Gas Are Green Investments": The European Union has drawn up plans to classify some nuclear power and natural ...
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To what extent is the Paris agreement legally binding? [duplicate]

In the UNFCCC site the Paris agreement is defined as a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Its goal is to limit global warming below +2°C through nationally determined ...
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EU ETS: if within-EU flight emissions are limited to climate goals, does a person choosing to fly add to emissions?

I've been trying to fly less and less because it seems the right thing to do. But I can't quite counter this thought: The EU Emission Trading System (ETS) covers commercial aviation. So passenger ...
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UK Climate and Ecology Bill 2020

What can the proposed UK CEE Bill do that cannot already be achieved by the Committee on Climate Change and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee?
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Why don't climate change agreements self-terminate if participants fail to meet their commitments?

The Paris Agreement had a clause where it only comes to force if enough countries ratify it: The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 ...
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COP26 Agreement. Is coal going to be phased out/down or just saved for the steel industry?

My question refers to 2021 COP26 climate conference. I'll omit to link some sources because there are too many and readers could better evaluate the issue looking at their own chosen sources. ...
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Why did the world average CO_2 emissions per capita dip in the 1990s? [closed]

According to this chart, per-capita CO_2 emissions in the world peaked in the late 1980s, then dipped quickly, and did not reach their 1989 level again until 2011. What are the major factors ...
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Why doesn't the Paris agreement cover emissions from international shipping?

Why doesn't the Paris agreement include emissions from international shipping? According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Note: The Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in ...
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How high is the EU-ETS cap for Germany in 2021?

I'm not sure if I got the EU-ETS system for trading emission rights right. I think there is a limited amount of certificates issues by each country each year. The amount that is allowed to be issued ...
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Why isn't recycling counted as part of infrastructure

I hear a lot of rhetoric around "infrastructure" lately. The US Congress is debating bills that will cost trillions of USD. The elements that we usually think of are there: roads, schools, ...
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Could there be any action taken against the contributors of Climate Change and Global Warming? [closed]

With the rising concern over Climate Change and Global Warming especially due to the IPCC report, could there be any sanctions or some kind of action taken by the UN or NATO against countries (and ...
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How does the EU or any country with carbon emission permits enforce emissions from companies?

How does a country with carbon emission permits ensure that companies do not produce more carbon emission than stated on the permits? Specifically how does the government check how much CO2 a company ...
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On what steps from ecology plan have Joe Biden's administration already made progress?

Ecology was one of the main points of Joe Biden's election campaign: Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050 Build a stronger, more ...
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Why is climate change a problem when one can just offset the carbon? [closed]

The average annual carbon footprint of an average person is 4 tons, more or less: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/ The price of carbon offsetting is ...
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Why does the Fossil Fuel industry absorb 85% of global subsidies? [closed]

According to the IMF, around 85% of global subsidies is given to the fossil fuel industry, this amounts to roughly $5 trillion dollars. This makes no sense. One major aim of subsidies is to nurture ...
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What (if any) are the legal consequences if the UK government fails to meet carbon budgets?

If the UK's carbon budgets are 'legally binding' as part of the Climate Change Act of 2008, what are the legal consequences for failing to meet them? I'm confused as to what 'legally binding' means in ...
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Are there indications that the French government considered a carbon fee-and-dividend to assuage the yellow vests?

A key reason for the yellow vest protests was that poorer households would have been proportionally more impacted by the proposed fuel tax increases. Carbon taxes are generally regressive, i.e. impose ...
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Why did the proposal for a Common Assets Trust (CAT) not pass the Vermont legislature?

The idea of a common assets trust (CAT) is to hold and manage natural and collectively created assets and pay citizens a dividend from the proceeds. The proposal entered the Vermont legislature twice (...
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How is Massachusetts' requirement to sell only zero emissions vehicles by 2035 being implemented?

Several news outlets are reporting on this story this week: The Hill: "Massachusetts to require 100 percent of car sales to be electric by 2035" Car and Driver Magazine: "Massachusetts ...
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Did any major polluters take up any significant steps towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement?

Today is the day when the US will officially leave the Paris Agreement that was signed by Obama back in 2016. This is claimed to be a major setback for the Green movement in the US. But did any major ...
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Are there any reasonable policy proposals regarding mass climate migration?

There is an evidence, that we're on the beginning of a mass migration caused primarily by the climate change. I often read about latest deterrent policies, such as changes in the law and building of ...
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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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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 or downplay man made 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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