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The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

article icon Fact Sheet Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits.

By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

Wetlands book_alt2 icon Report Restoring degraded coastal ecosystems produces economic returns above and beyond short-term job creation and economic stimulus.

By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Galvanizing Clean Energy Investment in the United States

Obama article icon Issue Brief Four strategies the Obama administration can employ to attract new investments in clean energy and maintain American leadership in this growing sector.

By Peter Ogden, Mari Hernandez, and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, April 3, 2014

2013: Extreme Weather, Extreme Damage

The nine most severe weather events in 2013 took 114 lives and cost $20 billion.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Siri Manning | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Groundhog Days

article icon Issue Brief Despite coal and utility industries' fears, past air-pollution-protection measures helped protect millions of people from smog, acid rain, and soot particles, and new carbon-pollution safeguards are essential for Americans’ health and economy.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Wednesday, March 19, 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

Built-In Savings: A U.S.-India Partnership on Energy-Efficient Buildings

article icon Issue Brief The United States and India should aggressively pursue opportunities to curb energy waste in the building sector in order to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, enhance their energy security, and grow their economies.

By Bracken Hendricks, Peter Ogden, and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Kathryn SullivanAs former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan takes over NOAA, she faces challenges worthy of a rocket scientist.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 6, 2014

Better Reflecting Our Country’s Growing Diversity

article icon Issue Brief We need to make our national park system more inclusive and reflective of the totality of the diverse American experience.

By Jessica Goad, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Farah Ahmad | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gimme Shelter: President Obama’s Climate Resilience Fund

ObamaCongress must invest in the president’s new Climate Resilience Fund to protect communities from extreme weather.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

public transit book_alt2 icon Report To address metropolitan congestion—our most pressing transportation challenge—we need to adopt performance management, increase competition for federal funds, and reform transportation governance.

By Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 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

With Only $93 Billion in Profits, the Big Five Oil Companies Demand to Keep Tax Breaks

crude oilWith increased production costs but decreased profits in 2013, Big Oil companies are fighting to protect their tax breaks and lift the crude oil export ban instead of looking for more-sustainable energy solutions.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Miranda Peterson | Monday, February 10, 2014

U.S. Crude Oil Exports: Opportunities and Challenges

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Who Wants to Bring Back Overfishing?

OverfishingMisguided provisions in new fisheries legislation would sacrifice the sustainability of short-term gains.

By Michael Conathan | Monday, February 3, 2014