Michael Copley Michael Copley is a correspondent on NPR's Climate Desk.
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Michael Copley

Michael Copley

Correspondent, Climate Desk

Michael Copley is a correspondent on NPR's Climate Desk. He covers what corporations are and are not doing in response to climate change, and how they're being impacted by rising temperatures.

Before joining NPR, Copley was a reporter at S&P Global, where he covered the energy industry and green investing. He was the first reporter to reveal the solar industry's links to China's Xinjiang region, where Beijing is accused of persecuting Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Copley was part of a team at S&P Global that was a finalist for a Dateline Award in 2020 for a series of stories that documented how a building spree of natural gas infrastructure threatens to leave American energy consumers holding the bill for stranded fossil fuel assets. He also investigated the auto industry's failure to disclose the risk of human rights abuses in the supply chains for electric vehicles. The work was named enterprise story of the year in 2019 by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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Workers wait to get off an elevator at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Three Takeaways From The COP27 Climate Conference

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The COP27 summit went late into overtime, with Sameh Shoukry, president of the climate summit, speaking during a closing session on Sunday. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Did the world make progress on climate change? Here's what was decided at global talks

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Climate activists at the United Nations climate conference in Egypt call for money to pay for loss and damage from global warming in low-income countries. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Workers at a coal mine in Ukraine start their shifts. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks during the TRACE Greenhouse Gas Inventory launch at the plenary hall during the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27. Gehad Hamdy/dpa/Picture Alliance via Getty hide caption

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United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said in Egypt that he knows carbon markets have gotten a bad reputation but that strong safeguards would make the U.S. program different. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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At this year's U.N. climate conference, a major focus is boosting investment in developing countries. Experts say renewable energy projects like this wind farm in South Africa can be attractive to private investors. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Investors have trillions to fight climate change. Developing nations get little of it

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Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan, listens to speeches during the conference. He took the stage today, as well, explaining the impact of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan this summer. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, listens to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, giving a speech during the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit. Nariman El-Mofty/AP hide caption

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Heavy rain caused floods in northeastern Thailand in October 2022. Millions of people around the world would benefit from more timely and accurate warnings about climate-driven extreme weather such as floods and heat waves. A new United Nations initiative plans to spend $3.1 billion on such early warning systems. Sukanya Buontha/AP hide caption

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A mine railway operator in Eastern Ukraine waits as workers disembark. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. The future sources of energy around the world are major topics at climate negotiations underway in Egypt starting this week. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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FAQ: What's at stake at the COP27 global climate negotiations

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A tuktuk drives during a sandstorm in Somalia in April. The United Nations says a multi-year drought in East Africa is evidence of "mounting and ever-increasing climate risks." Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty hide caption

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Money will likely be the central tension in the U.N.'s COP27 climate negotiations

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People wade through floodwaters in Pakistan after heavy monsoon rains this summer. Scientists say climate change helped drive the deadly floods. Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Countries hit hardest by climate change need much more money to prepare, U.N. says

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says international development banks need new strategies to help countries finance the transition to low-carbon sources of energy like this rooftop solar project in Jordan. KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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