What do the 2018 midterms say about climate action in the U.S.?
Voters sent mixed messages about how ready they are to tackle these urgent issues.
Over the past few years, as hurricanes have sent floods through North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and megafires have burned across the West, the reality of climate change has snapped into focus for many people in the U.S.
On Tuesday, the U.S. midterm elections gave voters a chance to weigh in on environmental and climate issues—and they sent a very mixed message.
Many of the candidates who won, from local-level positions to governorships, specifically addressed climate and environmental issues in their campaigns. But several ambitious climate-focused ballot initiatives were rejected—often, paradoxically, in states where the climate-friendly candidates claimed victory.
Here are some of the key outcomes.
Democratic candidates won at least 30 new seats in the House of Representatives—a few races are still undecided