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Articles by John Upton

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Rising seas spark tobacco-style lawsuits in California

Rising seas spark tobacco-style lawsuits in California

The suits point to indisputable climate science and decades of industry efforts to mar that science. Experts likened the legal complaints to those brought against the tobacco industry in decades past, which succeeded by alleging the use of anti-science tactics to mask the dangers of their products.

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Electric cars becoming popular as the grid gets greener

Electric cars becoming popular as the grid gets greener

With the rising number of plug-in models available in the U.S., many at increasingly affordable prices, the climate benefits of electric cars are growing.

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Conservatives push carbon tax to address climate crisis

Conservatives push carbon tax to address climate crisis

A group of prominent US Republicans has proposed a carbon tax that pays cash dividends to Americans.

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Trump White House distorts energy impacts on wages on first day

Trump White House distorts energy impacts on wages on first day

Trump administration’s first statement on energy, used to justify the elimination of environmental rules, was a distortion.

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The climate impacts of Trump’s ExxonMobil pick for chief diplomat

The climate impacts of Trump’s ExxonMobil pick for chief diplomat

President-elect Trump on rounds out a potential dream team of anti-environment cabinet members with the chief executive officer of ExxonMobil.

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Supermoon floods warn of crisis facing Donald Trump

Supermoon floods warn of crisis facing Donald Trump

Donald Trump is preparing to lead America during a perilous period for the 130 million residents of its coastal counties.

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'Critical Moment' as UN climate talks resume

‘Critical Moment’ as UN climate talks resume

Success in Marrakesh will be difficult, as grunt work on rulemaking replaces the diplomatic showmanship of last year’s Paris climate talks.

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How California passed the most ambitious climate change rules

How California passed the most ambitious climate change rules

The state’s new climate goals are far more ambitious than those of the US overall, and they’re in line with ambitions in Europe.

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Clouds doing less than thought to slow global warming, study finds

Clouds doing less than thought to slow global warming, study finds

To some, clouds resemble bunnies, but when scientists used NASA data to peer into clouds, what they saw resembled a hazard sign warning of a fast-deteriorating climate ahead.

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Antarctica at risk of runaway melting, scientists discover

Antarctica at risk of runaway melting, scientists discover

The world’s greatest reservoir of ice is verging on a breakdown that could push seas to heights not experienced since prehistoric times.

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How the world has changed since Paris climate pact

How the world has changed since Paris climate pact

National leaders have yet to sign a new United Nations climate pact, but developments during the three months since the Paris Agreement was finalized have been feverish.