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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

The Interior Department Is Halfway to Its New Renewables Goal, But Hurdles Remain

President Barack ObamaThe Obama administration is seeking to double production of clean energy from public lands, a vital front in the war on climate change.

By Tom Kenworthy | Friday, August 9, 2013

U.S. Natural-Gas Use Must Peak by 2030

Natural gas worker book_alt2 icon Report Natural gas has an important role to play in achieving the emissions reductions that are necessary for climate stabilization. Beyond the near term, however, there needs to be a swift transition from natural gas to zero-carbon energy.

By Darryl Banks and Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Clean Energy Manufacturing Fights Climate Change, Increases U.S. Competitiveness, and Creates Jobs

Sustainable Agriculture Celebration at Harborview Farms article icon Issue Brief Fostering clean energy manufacturing in the United States would help boost the manufacturing sector, create jobs, and increase competitiveness, all while fighting global warming.

By Adam James and Kate Gordon | Friday, June 28, 2013

What President Obama’s Climate Plan Means for the Ocean

President Obama at GeorgetownThe president’s major speech on climate change set the stage for policies that will improve the health of our planet, including the 71 percent of it that is covered by oceans.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

10 Essential Pollution Reduction and Public Health Measures in President Obama’s Climate Plan

President Barack Obama climate change speechThe president’s comprehensive plan outlines steps to reduce U.S. pollution, better coordinate international efforts to solve the problem of climate change, and provide additional protection from the effects of climate change.

By Richard W. Caperton, Daniel J. Weiss, and Andrew Light | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moving Forward on Reducing Carbon Pollution

President Barack Obama climate changeThe Obama administration has made great strides in addressing climate change, but much more must and can be done.

By Richard W. Caperton and Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 24, 2013

Pound Foolish

article icon Issue Brief Increased federal resilience spending is necessary to help our communities prepare for extreme weather.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Super Pollutants 101

W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station article icon Issue Brief Reducing super pollutants is necessary to avoid disastrous impacts of global warming and to safeguard public health.

By Rebecca Lefton | Thursday, June 13, 2013

China’s Shifting Stance on Hydrofluorocarbons

Presidents Obama and Xi article icon Issue Brief Combination of international pressure and China’s internal administrative shifts are making progress possible for the global reduction of a potent greenhouse gas.

By Melanie Hart | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Carbon Market Crossroads

book_alt2 icon Report Global carbon markets could potentially deliver outsized environmental and economic benefits in the coming years.

By Nigel Purvis, Samuel Grausz, and Andrew Light | Monday, April 29, 2013

Disastrous Spending: Federal Disaster-Relief Expenditures Rise amid More Extreme Weather

Superstorm Sandy article icon Issue Brief As extreme weather events due to climate change increase in frequency and/or ferocity, we must get an accurate account of how much disaster relief costs the government and taxpayers and plan for the future by building community resiliency.

By Daniel J. Weiss and Jackie Weidman | Monday, April 29, 2013

Using Executive Authority to Account for the Greenhouse-Gas Emissions of Federal Projects

Black Thunder Mine article icon Issue Brief The Obama administration should require that federal agencies account for greenhouse-gas pollution when considering new projects, especially on federal public lands and waters.

By Jessica Goad and Kiley Kroh | Thursday, April 25, 2013

Energy from Waste Can Help Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

article icon Issue Brief Increasing rates of recycling and composting, as well as incentivizing energy-from-waste facilities, would reduce our reliance on landfills and help lower greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States.

By Matt Kasper | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Adding Fuel to the Fire: The Climate Consequences of Arctic Ocean Drilling

Kulluk article icon Issue Brief In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change, enormous fossil-fuel reserves will need to remain in the ground untouched.

By Kiley Kroh and Howard Marano | Thursday, March 21, 2013