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Carroll Muffett

The world can’t recycle its way out of the plastics crisis

The International Energy Agency projects that by 2050, more than half of all oil and gas will be used to make plastics and petrochemicals. This has enormous climate impacts.

In Vermont, a call to end logging in the Green Mountain National Forest

Environmental groups have long battled the timber industry over the sanctity of national forests, but the stakes in those perennial battles have risen in recent years.

Is climate change coming for Thanksgiving turkeys?

There’s evidence that climate change could increase avian flu’s transmission in the future. So as the planet continues to warm, turkey shortages might become more common.

INNOVATION BEAT

Boston investment firms look to back climate tech startups

This year, 32 companies working to address climate change based in New England have raised money, up from 30 last year and 24 in 2020, according to data from PitchBook. They’ve raised $1.8 billion in total.

Here’s what happened at the UN climate talks

The final agreement, signed by nearly 200 nations, includes a major breakthrough on climate reparations, but made no progress on a pledge to phase out planet-heating fossil fuels.

Majority of US affected by climate disasters, but nation is moving in the wrong direction

Experts warn the world must urgently phase out fossil fuels to avert climate catastrophe, but ending production doesn’t seem to be in the energy industry’s plans. Two new reports bring that dissonance into focus.

John Kerry tests positive for COVID-19 as UN climate talks slow

John Kerry's positive COVID test was the latest setback for what appeared to be stalled negotiations that were already going into overtime.

Study touting hydrogen — a technology favored by gas firms — was funded by gas interests, e-mails show

A study by researchers at UMass Lowell on hydrogen’s potential seemed innocuous enough. But hundreds of pages of e-mail correspondence now raise questions about the influence the gas industry may have had on the report.