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The US and EU plan on Friday to commit to cutting methane pollution by 30 per cent over the next decade and are lobbying other large emitters of the potent greenhouse gas to join the effort. The pact is...

The global average temperature will rise 2.7 degrees Celsius by century’s end even if all countries meet their promised emissions cuts, a rise that is likely to worsen extreme wildfires, droughts and floods, the United Nations said in a...

The Biden administration on Wednesday released a blueprint showing how the nation could move toward producing almost half of its electricity from the sun by 2050 — a potentially big step toward fighting climate change but one that would...

A federal judge on Monday struck down a Trump-era environmental rule that drastically limited federal restrictions against pollution of millions of streams, wetlands and marshes across the country. The Biden administration had already begun the lengthy process of undoing...

The UK has left the European Union. It’s left the single market. And now it wants to leave behind the rules that require companies protect your personal data. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has its flaws,...

AI systems cannot be granted patents and will not be recognised as inventors in the eyes of the US law, said a federal judge who decided to uphold a previous ruling by the US Patent and Trademark Office this...

The federal government plans to expand its use of facial recognition to pursue criminals and scan for threats, an internal survey has found, even as concerns grow about the technology’s potential for contributing to improper surveillance and false arrests....

Forty-five years after the United States entered into the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, one of its citizens has some doubts about the way it’s working out. The convention, administered by the United Nations Office...

More than 2 million visitors flock each year to California’s San Onofre state beach, a dreamy slice of coastline just north of San Diego. The beach is popular with surfers, lies across one of the largest Marine Corps bases...

Lumshnong, a village in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, in northeast India, is home to both dense forests, rich in wildlife, and a large bed of high-grade limestone, one of the raw materials needed to make cement. The...

A long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector will support over 9,000 new jobs, unlock billions of pounds of investment and drive decarbonisation across a range of sectors the government has claimed. Building on commitments laid out in...

The Biden administration will announce on Wednesday that it is banning a common pesticide, widely used since 1965 on fruits and vegetables, from use on food crops because it has been linked to neurological damage in children. The Environmental...

Faïrouz Malek says that after she earned her doctorate in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Grenoble in 1990, she “had only one idea: to go back home” to Algeria. But then, a little over a year...

President Joe Biden has signed an Executive Order that sets an ambitious target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero emission, electric vehicles. President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal are...

Climate scientists and marine advocates are calling on governments worldwide to look beyond green policymaking when it comes to climate change. They say a critical shade is missing in the fight against global warming. Blue. Countries must recognize the...

Dell is no longer shipping energy-hungry gaming PCs to certain states in America because they demand more energy than local standards allow. Customers seeking to purchase, for example, an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop from Dell’s website...

An Australian Court has decided that an artificial intelligence can be recognised as an inventor in a patent submission. In a case brought by Stephen Thaler, who has filed and lost similar cases in other jurisdictions, Australia’s Federal Court...

The world’s largest cities have been razing tree canopy and hardening natural landscapes for decades, often to the detriment of the urban poor, racial and ethnic minorities, and, increasingly, climate migrants. Thirty-one cities, including four from the United States,...

Record-breaking floods have devastated Western Europe, leaving at least 170 people dead and over 1,300 unaccounted for. This catastrophe will have long-lasting implications on European – and global – politics and policies, including an impact on the forthcoming German...

Joe Biden will not back down from putting climate change at the heart of his legislative agenda, his top environment official has said, despite opposition from within his own party which threatens to derail important bills. Michael Regan, the...

The BCS, the Royal Statistical Society and the Alan Turing Institute are among the bodies that have combined to set up a data science “alliance” to establish professional and ethical standards across the profession. The Operational Research Society, the...

Recycling, that feel-good moment when people put their paper and plastic in special bins, was a headache for municipal governments even in good times. And, only a small amount was actually getting recycled. Then, five years ago, China stopped...

President Biden warned President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday that time was running out for him to rein in the ransomware groups striking the United States, telegraphing that this could be Mr. Putin’s final chance to take...

Europe is about to shake up the global trade network—all in the name of climate change. The European Union is scheduled this week to release its plan for a carbon border adjustment—basically a fee on planet-warming carbon embedded in...

Your body is a data goldmine. From the way you look to how you think and feel, firms working in the burgeoning biometrics industry are developing new and alarming ways to track everything we do. And, in many cases,...

As the George W. Bush administration was drawing to a close, Scott Rayder faced a tough choice. Should he push to fund a new national climate service? Or should he direct those funds instead toward a set of sensitive...

An executive order that the Biden administration is imminently issuing will direct the Federal Trade Commission to create rules banning companies from establishing repair monopolies and from having policies that prevent DIY or independent repair, the White House said...

A judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would be the first in the nation to prohibit social media companies from barring political candidates. In granting a preliminary injunction, Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the United States District...

Astronauts face a constant specter of radiation, as particles streaming off the sun and high-energy cosmic rays constantly bombard their bodies. Left unchecked, radiation can trigger all sorts of health issues, most notably boosting an astronaut’s danger of developing...

The International Energy Agency published an interesting, but bizarre, roadmap for decarbonizing the global energy sector by 2050. The bizarre part comes from some of their assumptions, projections and recommendations for achieving net-zero emissions (NZE), some of which seem...

The U.K. will cease all coal-fired electricity generation in October 2024, bringing forward the end date for the fuel by a year, in a bid to boost the country’s climate credentials ahead of an all-important climate summit in November....

Wayne Nutt, a retired engineer in North Carolina, just wanted to help out his neighbors. After he testified about a piping system that allegedly flooded homes, the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors sent him a...

To have any hope of meeting the Paris climate goals we need a competitive race between the world’s superpowers for low-carbon supremacy. While the Biden administration has necessarily started playing catch-up with the USA’s climate ambitions, what China achieves...

In 2020, as the co-lead of Google’s ethical AI team, Gebru had reached out to Emily Bender, a linguistics professor at the University of Washington, and the two decided to collaborate on research about the troubling direction of artificial...

One of Lina Khan’s first projects as a new staff member at an antitrust think tank in 2011 was researching the history of the market for books, which had increasingly been dominated by Amazon. It was an early, unpublished...

On Thursday, Congressman Joseph Morelle (D-NY) filed national right-to-repair legislation with Congress. The Fair Repair Act would require manufacturers to provide device owners and independent repair stores access to the tools, parts, and information they need to fix electronics....

The G7 summit ended Sunday, and in the wake of the meeting of seven of the world’s richest nations, it is clear that climate and environmental observers are far from impressed by what the leaders achieved. In an almost...

House lawmakers on Friday introduced sweeping antitrust legislation aimed at restraining the power of Big Tech and staving off corporate consolidation across the economy, in what would be the most ambitious update to monopoly laws in decades. The bills...

In Europe, beachgoers have grown accustomed to the dispiriting sight of plastic garbage strewn along shorelines. Indeed, 85 percent of the continent’s saltwater beaches and seas exceed pollution standards on marine litter. The Mediterranean Sea is the most defiled...

The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, unspooling a signature achievement of the Trump presidency and delivering on a promise by President Biden to protect the fragile Alaskan tundra from fossil...

The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the scope of a federal law that makes it a crime to gain access to computer files without authorization. By a 6-to-3 vote, the court sided with a former police officer in Georgia...

Insulating and air sealing are effective ways to reduce the carbon footprints of homes and other buildings, and rigid foam panels are a popular material for doing that work. But many of the panels have a little-known climate cost:...

Every person engaged with the networked world constantly creates rivers of data. We do this in ways we are aware of, and ways that we aren’t. Corporations are eager to take advantage. Take, for instance, NumberEight, a startup, that,...

An agreement yesterday among the Interior Department, California and the Department of Defense signals that a new kind of renewable power is set to emerge: floating offshore wind. The White House announced the plan, which will open parts of...

An expansive bill that would pour $120 billon into jump-starting scientific innovation by strengthening research into cutting-edge technologies is barreling through the Senate, amid a rising sense of urgency in Congress to bolster the United States’ ability to compete...

Nations around the world would need to immediately stop approving new coal-fired power plants and new oil and gas fields and quickly phase out gasoline-powered vehicles if they want to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change, the...

For more than a century, the core mission of the National Park Service has been preserving the natural heritage of the United States. But now, as the planet warms, transforming ecosystems, the agency is conceding that its traditional goal...

A pipeline that provides the East Coast with nearly half its gasoline and jet fuel remained shuttered on Sunday after yet another ransomware attack, prompting emergency White House meetings and new questions about whether an executive order strengthening cybersecurity...

On its way to a splashdown with four astronauts, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Resilience” shed some of its parts. Exterior panels were purposely jettisoned to expose and deploy the parachutes that lowered the capsule to a safe landing in the...

Lawmakers lashed out at the Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling on Wednesday to uphold the social network’s ban on former President Donald J. Trump, at least for now. Driving the discontent was that the Oversight Board, a quasi-court that confers...