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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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 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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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Donald Trump has been a pretty strong advocate for repealing and undoing rules & regulations aiming to cut climate change, however recently the New York Times and Axios have reported that Trump is ...
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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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Can Trump undo the UN climate change agreement (Paris Agreement)?

Trump has just won the elections. Can he somehow stop the US from participating in the UN COP21 climate change agreement (which was already signed formally by the US)? Also I've read here that To ...
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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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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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Why is denying global warming associated with conservatives?

I'm not asking for arguments about whether global warming is true. I'm asking why denying the presence of global warming is primarily associated with a conservative political affiliation. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does global warming give the government more power?

I have read ideas saying to some effect that global warming is about the goverment getting more power and control. My question is in what ways (if any) would global warming potentially give more power ...
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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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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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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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Why is stopping climate change prioritized significantly below the economy and other issues?

Why is climate change prioritized significantly below other issues? Is it because it is not as much of an immediate issue than, for example, reducing the government debt, raising the minimum wage, and ...
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Who didn't sign the Paris climate change agreement?

According to many news outlets, most, but not every nation has agreed to the terms of the Paris agreement. Which didn't? Is there a public list of all signees?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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To what extent are views on vaccination and anthropogenic climate change correlated and why?

A majority of scientists hold the opinions that children should be vaccinated and that climate change is caused mostly by human activities such as burning fossil fuels. There are groups opposing both ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is it that “97% of climate scientists” actually believe about global warming?

It is widely known that reporting on polls must be done with careful consideration. I have often heard that there is a scientific consensus on global warming that can no longer be denied, that 97% of ...
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Why do people believe that efforts against climate change are futile even though they accept that the climate is changing? [closed]

Some people believe that climate change is happening because of humans, and some believe it is based on nature. What I don't understand is why the people who believe that it is caused by nature are so ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does the US government have a plan to aid people in poverty displaced by climate change?

Say that the sea level rises due to climate change and an area in the US becomes uninhabitable. Perhaps an island is now underwater or a coast line creeps inward. This would displace a number of ...
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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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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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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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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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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)...