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China’s New International Financing Institutions

new development project article icon Issue Brief With U.S. engagement, new banks such as Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank could spur a race to the top in sustainable development financing.

by Molly Elgin-Cossart and Melanie Hart | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Confronting the Dual Challenges of Climate Change and Poverty: A Case Study of Cleveland

Lake Erie beachCleveland is showing the way toward a progressive model of building climate resilience in low-income communities.

by Gwynne Taraska and Hannah Flesch | Thursday, September 17, 2015

Offshore Wind Energy Can Deliver Big Carbon Cuts for Coastal States

Block Island Wind Farm article icon Issue Brief By harnessing even a small portion of the sea breezes off their shores, Atlantic coast states can boost state energy supplies and speed fulfillment of their Clean Power Plan responsibilities.

by Shiva Polefka and Elise Shulman | Thursday, September 17, 2015

Appropriations Showdown on Climate Change

Wet weather Capitol HillSome in Congress are using the annual appropriations process to attack President Obama’s climate change initiatives. For the sake of the country's future, these efforts must fail.

by Greg Dotson | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Southeast

Browns Ferry Nuclear PlantOpponents of the Clean Power Plan often claim that it will threaten grid reliability, but unmitigated climate change poses the greatest threat to the power sector in the Southeast.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Midwest and Great Plains

Fort Calhoun nuclear stationOpponents of the Clean Power Plan often claim that it will threaten grid reliability, but unmitigated climate change poses the greatest risk to the power sector’s stability in the Midwest and Great Plains.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady | Monday, August 31, 2015

The Legacy of Katrina

play_alt icon Video It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and disproportionately affected its poor and black residents. Senior Fellow Sam Fulwood asks what have we learned since those dark days in Louisiana a decade ago.

by Sam Fulwood III, Kulsum Ebrahim, Andrew Satter | Friday, August 28, 2015

Key Principles for Climate-Related Risk Insurance

Hurricane Ivan enters the Gulf of Mexico. book_alt2 icon Report In the run-up to Paris, the Obama administration has an opportunity to lead the efforts to expand access to climate-related insurance across the developing world through parametric insurance programs.

by Pete Ogden, Ben Bovarnick, Yume Hoshijima | Friday, August 28, 2015

The Arctic Is on the Brink: Here’s Why You Should Care

play_alt icon Video CAP Senior Fellow Cathleen Kelly explains why Arctic warming—and melting—matters to you.

by Cathleen Kelly and Andrew Satter | Thursday, August 27, 2015

A 4-Point Plan for Responsibly Expanding Renewable Energy Production on America’s Public Lands and Oceans

Power generation engineer book_alt2 icon Report To speed the next generation of renewable energy projects on public lands and waters, policymakers should institutionalize permitting reforms, designate new renewable energy zones, collaborate with communities for new projects, and create a revolving loan fund.

by David J. Hayes and Nidhi Thakar | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The EPA’s Newest Methane Emissions Rule Is a Crucial Step for Climate Action

oil pipeline DakotasThe Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal is a critical component of the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change and paves the way for future action to cut methane emissions.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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