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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

Big Coal’s Export Lifeboat Hits Stormy Seas

Coal exportsThe coal industry’s export strategy faces decreasing financial value and will increase environmental damage.

By Tom Kenworthy | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Solar Power to the People: The Rise of Rooftop Solar Among the Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief Middle-class homeowners are driving rooftop solar adoption in the United States.

By Mari Hernandez | Monday, October 21, 2013

5 Assignments for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness

Superstorm SandyPresident Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness must identify federal disaster-recovery and resilience costs and the revenue to pay for them.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, October 21, 2013

Shutdown Adds Insult to Injury for Crumbling National Parks and Monuments

Despite House Republican claims that funding national parks is noncontroversial, public lands have been plagued by drastic budget cuts, seasonal closures, proposed land sell-offs, and a freeze on new parks since the Tea Party takeover of the House.

By Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coal Survival Depends on the EPA’s Carbon-Pollution Standards for Future Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon-pollution standards for future power plants would provide a path for cleaner coal-powered electricity.

By Robert Sussman and Daniel J. Weiss | Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Motion Disaster

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress visited Norfolk, Virginia, a city on the front lines of the fight against rising seas, to talk to residents and community leaders about their efforts to save the city and learn to live with the water.

By Andrew Satter and Kiley Kroh | Wednesday, September 25, 2013

10 Truths that Should Be Said at This Week’s House Climate Change Hearing

Instead of stale attacks on settled climate science, hyperinflated estimates of the cost of cleanup, or denial of executive authority to act, there are 10 truths that need to be said at the hearing.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, September 16, 2013

States of Denial: States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

Rim fire article icon Issue Brief The 10 states that received the most federal disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for climate-related extreme weather events elected 47 climate-science deniers to Congress.

By Daniel J. Weiss, Jackie Weidman, and Stephanie Pinkalla | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fukushima Fallout Not Affecting U.S.-Caught Fish

Although there are grave concerns about ongoing radiation leaks at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the amount of radiation in domestic seafood is still well below safe levels.

By Michael Conathan | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What Does FERC Do?

Power linesAs the Senate considers a new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, it should focus on the commission’s important mandate.

By Richard W. Caperton | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Budget Gridlock Risks International Climate and Clean Energy Investments

Hackensack RiverCongressional action to advance a consistent budget is key to combating climate change and supporting American jobs and security.

By Rebecca Lefton and Jesse Vogel | Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fishing or Mining: Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Debates Its Future

Drilling rigThe controversial Pebble Mine project in Southwest Alaska pits a mining conglomerate against one of the world’s most iconic fisheries.

By Michael Conathan | Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Life for the National Marine Sanctuary System

Florida Keys National Marine SanctuaryNOAA’s proposal for a new framework for future expansion of the National Marine Sanctuary System represents real progress for marine-natural-resource management.

By Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Disaster in the Making

Disaster resilience book_alt2 icon Report Superstorm Sandy is just the latest in a long line of natural disasters that have tested the resilience of low-income communities and exposed the underlying socioeconomic problems these communities face year round.

By Tracey Ross | Monday, August 19, 2013