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The use of renewable energy is accelerating
But still not quickly enough to offset the use of fossil fuels
The power of negative thinking
How to make long-term climate pledges add up
A German court shines a light on the murk of emissions targets
Red in robe, green in thought
A court ruling triggers a big change in Germany’s climate policy
Tougher targets will follow
Banyan
There is hope for South-East Asia’s beleaguered tropical forests
They are being cut down less and conserved more
Science
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Greenhouse-gas emissions are set to rise fast in 2021
Last year’s decline, caused by the pandemic, will probably be short-lived
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The world is kicking its coal habit. China is still hooked
The biggest carbon emitter added coal-fired capacity in 2020, offsetting declines elsewhere
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The world is far from hitting its target for carbon emissions
They fell more in 2020 than in any year since the second world war; a similar drop is needed every other year for a decade
Blue carbon
Seagrasses and mangroves can suck carbon from the air
They do an even better job than forests on land
Politics
Emissions impossible
Joe Biden asserts America’s role in the fight against climate change
His virtual summit went smoothly, but the real work is still ahead
The Economist explains
What are “nationally determined contributions” to curb climate change?
The emissions targets are the world’s best hope of limiting global warming, but they are falling short
Climate policy
The bumps ahead for Joe Biden’s plan to decarbonise America
The green and the blue
America and climate change
Joe Biden’s climate gamble
Two cheers for the president’s ambitious plan
Business and finance
The energy transition
Oil supermajors’ mega-bet on natural gas
Is the least grubby hydrocarbon a bridge fuel to a greener future, or a trap?
Tropical agriculture
How to save coffee from global warming
Look at research done two centuries ago
Climate change
The impact of green investors
Sustainable investing faces up to the sceptics
Telling all
Regulators want firms to own up to climate risks
That is good news for investors. And for the planet?
Climate briefs
Softening the blow
Climate adaptation policies are needed more than ever
People are already suffering from catastrophic losses as a result of extreme weather events like cyclone Amphan
Not-so-slow burn
The world’s energy system must be transformed completely
It has been changed before, but never as fast or fully as must happen now
Bad times
Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising
It will go far beyond drought, melting ice sheets and crop failures
Where nature ends
Humanity’s immense impact on Earth’s climate and carbon cycle
Much needs to be done for the damage to be reversed
Projections of the future
How modelling articulates the science of climate change
From paper and pencil to the world’s fastest computers
The problematic politics of climate change
Why tackling global warming is a challenge without precedent
The first of six weekly briefs looks at the history of efforts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions
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