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3 Ways President Obama Can Help Native Communities Avert Climate Catastrophe

Abandoned house in ShishmarefDuring his visit to Alaska this August, President Obama has an opportunity to help imperiled Alaska Native villages escape climate disaster.

by Cathleen Kelly and Hannah Flesch | Monday, August 24, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Southwest

Lightening strikes over Lake Mead.Opponents of the Clean Power Plan claim that it will undermine grid reliability, but climate change is a far greater threat to power in the Southwest.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Friday, August 21, 2015

The Environmental Impacts of Exporting More American Crude Oil

Arches National ParkCongressional proposals to outsource American crude oil to foreign refineries would increase carbon pollution, land loss, and environmental risks.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Alison Cassady | Friday, August 21, 2015

From Anchorage to Paris: How to Curb Arctic—and Global—Warming in 2 Steps

Alaska glacierSecretary Kerry’s August Arctic conference in Anchorage, Alaska, is the ideal opportunity for world leaders to build momentum for a strong global climate agreement in Paris and to commit to cutting black carbon and methane pollution.

by Cathleen Kelly | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hurricane Katrina’s Health Care Legacy

A doctor administers an asthma breathing test. article icon Issue Brief Gulf Coast states must expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to address the long-term consequences of the federal government’s failed health policy response to Hurricane Katrina.

by Thomas Huelskoetter | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

Wheat nearing harvest book_alt2 icon Report Communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and agricultural communities throughout California are enduring high rates of unemployment, limited and costly access to safe and affordable water, and food insecurity as a consequence of the California drought.

by Wendy Ortiz | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When You Can’t Go Home

Hurricane Katrina article icon Issue Brief In Hurricane Katrina’s 10-year wake, there is still much to learn about the effects and frequency of climate displacement.

by Danielle Baussan | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Arctic Warming and What It Means for the Region and the Planet

Inuit fisherman article icon Fact Sheet Rising temperatures are driving dramatic changes in the Arctic with alarming consequences for people, plants, and animals across the globe.

by Hannah Flesch and Cathleen Kelly | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fair Share Scorecard

Gold King Mine book_alt2 icon Report U.S. taxpayers deserve a fair share of the revenues from drilling, mining, and other development on America’s public lands.

by Greg Zimmerman, Claire Moser, Jessica Goad, Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, August 17, 2015

The True Value of BP’s $18.7 Billion Settlement

Oil clean article icon Issue Brief The biggest settlement in American history has a lot of nuances. Is it a better deal for BP or for Gulf of Mexico restoration?

by Michael Conathan | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where Will BP’s $18.7 Billion Deepwater Horizon Settlement Go?

cursor icon Interactive This interactive breaks down the $18.7 billion BP settlement into its different components, making it easier to understand.

by Michael Conathan and Andrew Lomax | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy

cursor icon Interactive CAP mapped Chinese direct investment activity across the U.S. energy economy to analyze where these investments are happening and what makes some regions more attractive than others.

by Melanie Hart and Angela Luh | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mapping Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy

wind turbines book_alt2 icon Report Federal agencies should support U.S. governors, mayors, and private enterprises working to leverage foreign direct investment from China and other nations to build new clean energy projects in the United States.

by Melanie Hart | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Saving America’s Top Parks Program

Visitors view Half DomeThe Obama administration should postpone its next offshore oil and gas auction until Congress reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Achieving the President’s Goals for Increased Next-Generation Vehicle Use

Tesla carThe Obama administration has helped increase the number of plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicles on the road, but state and federal policymakers have more work to do.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Monday, July 13, 2015