The year in climate: Reporting rules, emissions goals

Traffic moves on the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the Golden Gate Overlook in San Francisco, California, on Friday, May 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

States took new steps this year to address climate change, filling a void in national environmental policy left by partisan gridlock in Congress.

California and New York passed first-of-their-kind bills requiring, respectively, climate disclosure and phasing out fossil-fuel-powered systems from new construction. Eight states moved to follow California’s lead by adopting clean car and truck standards. Minnesota and Colorado became the latest states to enact legislation setting economy-wide net-zero carbon emission targets.

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