Neela Banerjee left the Los Angeles Times in December 2014. She previously covered energy and environmental policy out of the Washington, D.C., bureau and wrote about federal policymaking and broader national issues, such as climate change, hydraulic fracturing and the Keystone XL pipeline. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in fall 2010, Neela covered global energy, the Iraq war and domestic faith and ethics issues for the New York Times and served as a Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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International negotiators in Peru agreed early Sunday on some essential building blocks for a global accord to address climate change, most notably an unprecedented agreement that all countries commit to cutting heat-trapping emissions.
Recent commitments by the world’s major polluters to cut emissions have added fresh momentum to international climate talks, but foot-dragging persists among the next tier of polluters, including India, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
International climate talks in Lima, Peru, are entering their final week, with few hints of whether a newfound optimism that marked the start of negotiations will ultimately translate into an agreement that would rein in climate change.
The United States is championing a new international approach to cutting greenhouse gases that offers the best chance of prompting countries to take action to avert the worst effects of global warming, the nation’s chief climate negotiator said Monday.
The Obama administration’s long-awaited announcement Wednesday that it wants to toughen limits on smog-forming ozone immediately generated questions about whether the plan can survive the current political climate and how much its cost will factor in reaching the goal.
Oil and gas development will be limited in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia, the U.S.
The Senate narrowly avoided a postelection showdown between the White House and Congress when a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass Tuesday.
The ambitious reductions to greenhouse gases that President Obama pledged in China last week will not lead to deeper emissions cuts at power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Democrats’ efforts to press a vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline appear to be setting up the first legislative postelection showdown between the White House and Congress.