Tag: natural environment

Opinion: After spending trillions of dollars on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts but blood in the sand

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an...

Opinion: History shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move...

Some Climate Change Effects May Be Irreversible, U.N. Panel Says

Rising seas, melting ice caps and other effects of a warming climate may be irreversible for centuries and are unequivocally driven by greenhouse-gas emissions from...

5 quick takeaways from the UN’s IPCC climate report, including signs that there’s enough time for change

It’s been called the most significant climate-change update in nearly a decade, the U.N.’s authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Monday. It...

‘Don’t expect an optimistic picture’: The most influential U.N. climate report in nearly a decade hits Monday

The United Nations on Monday is set to release arguably the most high stakes and comprehensive assessment of global warming in some time, including estimates...

Germany’s Flooding Rearranges Political Picture Ahead of Election to Succeed Merkel

BERLIN—Last week’s devastating floods in Germany that have so far claimed nearly 160 lives have become the central issue of the country’s coming election that...

Floods in Germany, Belgium Leave More Than 100 Dead as Rescuers Race to Find Survivors

BERLIN—Rescuers in Germany and neighboring countries were racing to find survivors from the region’s worst flooding this century, as the death toll rose to over...

EU, China Unveil Sweeping Plans to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

The European Union and China presented sweeping plans to limit greenhouse-gas emissions that will increase costs for industry and consumers, but they drew criticism from...

Opinion: If you want to fix climate change, you need to fix this flaw in conventional economic thought

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Project Syndicate)—Nowhere are the limitations of neoclassical economic thinking—the DNA of economics as it is currently taught and practiced—more apparent than in the...

Egypt and Ethiopia Clash Over Nile River Dam as Water Scarcity Looms World-Wide

A dispute over the Nile, the world’s longest river, is coming to a head. At stake are the lives and livelihoods of millions of people...

Global Tax Deal Marks Big Advance for Cooperation, but Tougher Tasks Lie Ahead

VENICE—Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 leading economies on Saturday endorsed an overhaul of the rules for taxing international companies, a landmark achievement of...

Inclusion of these U.S. money managers means nearly half of all asset funds managed globally are linked to climate-change pledge

U.S. asset managers Franklin Templeton and MFS Investment Management are among the 41 new signatories, representing $6.8 trillion in assets, joining the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative....

Opinion: Record heat and your retirement: Why the climate crisis should factor into your financial plan

The Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing a record heat wave so severe that statisticians say it should happen only once a millennium, but which climatologists...

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

PANAMA CITY—The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to...

G-7 recommits to clean-energy funds owed to developing nations, gets serious about 2030 targets

The Group of Seven most powerful nations on Sunday recommitted on cooperation to thwart climate change as they aim to nearly halve their greenhouse-gas emissions...

Over 47,000 Wild Animals Sold in Wuhan Markets Before Covid Outbreak, Study Shows

More than 47,000 wild animals were sold in the Chinese city of Wuhan in the two and a half years before the first confirmed Covid-19...

We compare the 2021 Kia Sportage to the 2021 Honda CR-V

This battle of compact SUVs pits the 2021 Kia Sportage against the 2021 Honda CR-V. Here’s how they compare. 2021 Kia Sportage 2021 Kia Sportage...

Don’t stop believing in bonds

Given the current doom and gloom, with the occasional spell of relief, over interest rates rising, does it still make sense to invest in bonds...

Review: The 2021 Ford F-150, updated and redesigned

One of the most appealing things about the Ford F-150 is that this well-rounded full-size pickup consistently offers capability, value, innovation, and choice. All-new this...

‘Pittsburgh can’t win the day without Paris, or vice versa’ — these mayors are allies not foes on climate change

  City of lights? Pittsburgh’s skyline at night. AFP via Getty Images “ ‘Pittsburgh can’t win the day without Paris, or vice versa. Nor will...

These midsize trucks get the best mileage

Pickup trucks generally aren’t famous for great fuel economy, but the efficiency of some midsize trucks in 2021 may surprise you. There are multiple diesel...

Mastercard joins net-zero climate club with ambitious pledge to bring most of its customers on board

Mastercard Inc. pledges to hit the equivalent of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, an increasingly familiar refrain across major companies and government bodies as...

Biden administration looks set to target ‘forever chemicals,’ as 3M warns about ‘onerous regulation’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration looks poised to crack down on a group of “forever chemicals” that have been linked to a range of...

Climate activist Greta Thunberg chides Sen. Ted Cruz’s preference for a ‘Pittsburgh Accord’

Teenage global climate-change activist Greta Thunberg, who can boast over 4.6 million followers on Twitter and her own postage stamp, welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s...

‘Hold the champagne’ on China’s updated climate-change target — guide markers still don’t guarantee net zero emissions by 2060

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday pledged to cut the nation’s carbon emissions per unit of economic output by over 65% by 2030 and boost...