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Lessons from the Storm

book_alt2 icon Report The rise of extreme weather is spurring cities to develop climate resilience plans, but it takes more than hard infrastructure improvements to thrive after an extreme weather event.

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Key Principles for an Energy Policy that Meets U.S. Environmental and Economic Needs

article icon Fact Sheet The United States needs an energy policy that rises to the challenge of climate change, embraces renewable energy and cleaner transportation, and balances energy production with strong environmental protections.


Too Hot to Handle

book_alt2 icon Report It is time for Congress to accept climate science, join the fight against climate change, and help Western communities defend themselves against hotter, bigger, and more dangerous wildfires.

tail pipe emissions

Protecting Public Health in the Fallout of the Volkswagen Pollution Scandal

The Obama administration has the tools it needs to protect the public from the pollution associated with the Volkswagen scandal while boosting local economies throughout the country.


Confronting America’s Wildlife Extinction Crisis

book_alt2 icon Report A new classification for declining plant and animal populations would encourage the voluntary conservation of U.S. wildlife species before they reach the brink of extinction.

President Obama and President Xi

Climate-Related Risk Insurance: A New Opportunity for U.S.-China Collaboration

The United States and China can put their shared climate-finance commitments to work by collaborating on climate-related parametric-risk insurance initiatives.

Great Smoky Mountains alternative fuel kick-off events

The Greening of Our National Parks

article icon Issue Brief As the centennial of the National Park Service approaches, a commitment to sustainable transportation will help move the parks into the next century.

Obama and Modi

Paris: The New Geopolitics of Climate Change

A series of recent climate pledges from developing countries has demonstrated that the geopolitics of climate action is shifting in the lead-up to the Paris climate agreement.

Typhoon Hagupit

The Meaning of Loss and Damage in the International Climate Negotiations

article icon Issue Brief Loss and damage is a concept that is broader than climate adaptation and should not be conflated with liability or compensation.

Obama and Xi

U.S.-China Climate Announcements Lay Foundation for Success in Paris

New U.S.-China climate partnership commitments ease the path to international agreement later this year.

Greater sage grouse

New Protections for the Greater Sage Grouse Strengthen President Obama’s Conservation Record

The historic measures announced to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat bolster President Obama’s conservation legacy.

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