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Saving the Arctic

melt water book_alt2 icon Report The United States should lead ambitious national, regional, and global efforts on climate change and black carbon reduction to slow rapid warming in the Arctic, protect millions of lives, improve food security, and safeguard our planet for future generations when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry becomes chair of the Arctic Council in 2015.

By Rebecca Lefton and Cathleen Kelly | Thursday, August 7, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

By Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

4 Ways World Leaders Can Win at the Climate Leaders Summit

Children walk through pollution in Shijiazhuang, China.This summer and fall, world leaders have an opportunity to embrace four cost-effective strategies to drive sustainable and low-carbon economic growth and lay the groundwork for a strong global climate deal in 2015.

By Cathleen Kelly and Hayden Brown | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

Peruvian boy book_alt2 icon Report Ending poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change is within our reach, especially if countries commit to a new global development agenda that improves livelihoods in ways that support low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North

book_alt2 icon Report Secretary of State John Kerry needs to make climate change the focus of the Arctic Council and consider both immediate and longer-term goals if he wants to take decisive action upon becoming the Arctic Council chairman in 2015.

By Cathleen Kelly, Michael Conathan, and Vikram Singh | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why a Melting Arctic Could Sink the Global Economy

Inuit fisherman near Greenland Ice Sheet article icon Issue Brief The United States needs to take the lead on reining in climate change in the Arctic and globally and addressing the environmental, economic, and national security implications of warming in the High North.

By Cathleen Kelly | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Crushing Cost of Climate Change: Why We Must Rethink America’s Infrastructure Investments

Infrastructure, Superstorm SandyChanging our approach to investing in our nation’s infrastructure will help strengthen it and the economy in the face of more frequent extreme weather events.

By Cathleen Kelly and Fran Sussman | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Climate Change: An Unfunded Mandate

book_alt2 icon Report Congress is imposing a costly unfunded mandate on the American people by failing to enact policies to curb U.S. emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

By Fran Sussman, Cathleen Kelly, and Kate Gordon | Monday, October 28, 2013

Cities that Are Building Resilience to Climate Change

Click on each city to get a snapshot of their resilience initiatives.

By Mark Dennin, Cathleen Kelly, and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Storm-Ready Cities

book_alt2 icon Report This report reviews climate change risks, identifies cities that are already taking steps to tackle this growing issue, and recommends actions to build resilience.

By Cathleen Kelly and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cathleen Kelly

Cathleen Kelly is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. She specializes in international and U.S. climate mitigation, preparedness, resilience, and sustainable development policy. Kelly served in the Obama administration at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where she led a 20-plus-agency task force to develop a national climate-resilience strategy. This strategy helped form the […]

Monday, September 30, 2013

Shelter from the Superstorm

book_alt2 icon Report Investing more in climate preparedness and resilience will end up saving money in the long run by lowering the risks of extreme weather and climate-change impacts.

By Cathleen Kelly and Jackie Weidman | Monday, July 1, 2013

Infrastructure and Resilience: Forging a National Strategy for Reconstruction and Growth

Superstorm Sandy article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we argue that the president must advance his new infrastructure initiatives and investment goals in the context of the public health and safety risks of climate change.

By Bracken Hendricks, Cathleen Kelly, and Adam James | Thursday, April 18, 2013