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As Arctic Nears Tipping Point, President Obama and Nordic Leaders Must Act

President Obama and Secretary Kerry at the 2015 GLACIER ConferencePresident Obama and the five Nordic leaders should use their May 13 summit to work to cut their nations’ greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard the Arctic, and inspire more ambitious climate change action globally.

by Cathleen Kelly | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ocean Planning Is the Key to Unlock America’s New Blue Economy

Block Island Wind FarmThe National Ocean Policy is helping coastal states and industries lay the groundwork for prosperity and sustainability in the 21st century, and Congress should not interfere.

by Shiva Polefka | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Leading by Example: State and Local Governments Are Adopting Electric Vehicles

A new 35-foot-long electric hybrid busState and local governments are demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of adopting electric transportation by incorporating electric vehicles into their public fleets.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Things to Know About Communities of Color and Environmental Justice

Flint RiverThe Flint, Michigan, crisis is just one example of the many environmental injustices that communities of color are facing.

by Jasmine Bell | Monday, April 25, 2016

Electric Utilities and the Future of Clean Transportation

A man charges an electric car book_alt2 icon Report Electric utilities should take an active role in encouraging electric vehicle ownership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Resilient Midwestern Cities

A man plants vegetables in a garden. book_alt2 icon Report The growing threats of flooding, heat-related deaths, and other climate change risks are driving Midwestern city and community leaders to make their cities more sustainable and just.

by Cathleen Kelly, Miranda Peterson, Erin Auel, Gwynne Taraska, Philine Qian | Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Proxy Carbon Pricing

power plant book_alt2 icon Report The federal government should adopt the practice, common in the private sector, of anticipating a price on carbon when assessing the financial viability of long-term investments, including infrastructure.

by Alison Cassady and Gwynne Taraska | Monday, April 18, 2016

Food Security and Climate Change: New Frontiers in International Security

Wheat field article icon Issue Brief Food security and climate change are already contributing to human suffering and eroding state structures. The United States should incorporate food and climate analysis fully into foreign and security policy to anticipate the next crisis.

by Tom Daschle and Michael Werz | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

From Negotiation to Fulfillment: The First U.N. Climate Conferences of the Paris Era

Ouarzazate solar plant article icon Issue Brief As host of COP 22, Morocco can set a precedent that will help facilitate the ultimate success of the Paris agreement.

by Pete Ogden, Gwynne Taraska, Ben Bovarnick | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Rise to Power of the Congressional Anti-Parks Caucus

The rising full moon silhouettes the budding Cherry tree blossoms article icon Issue Brief Twenty GOP legislators have led a divisive anti-parks agenda that has fractured Congress’s bipartisan tradition of supporting America’s national parks and public lands.

by Jenny Rowland | Monday, April 11, 2016

Building Resilience to Climate Change Requires Investment in Nature

mangrove restoration Senegal article icon Issue Brief Preserving ecosystem services is an essential component of international strategies for adaptation to climate change.

by Shiva Polefka and Gwynne Taraska | Friday, April 8, 2016

Supporting Global Food Security in a Changing Climate Through Transatlantic Cooperation

A village woman carries unmilled rice article icon Issue Brief The United States and Europe should cooperate to help at-risk countries address the challenges of climate change and demographic growth.

by Michael Werz and Benjamin Pohl | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fixing the Foul Play

Giant logo of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen on top of factory book_alt2 icon Report The Environmental Protection Agency should ensure that any settlement with Volkswagen mitigates the negative health and environmental consequences of the company’s violation of the Clean Air Act.

by Greg Dotson, Alison Cassady, Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Congress Should Confront the Rise of Violent Extremism on America’s Public Lands

Cliven Bundy article icon Issue Brief Congress can fight the growing threat of anti-government militants by taking steps to keep America’s public lands safe, open, and protected for future generations.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, March 24, 2016

An Opportunity to Develop a North American Price on Carbon

Parliament HillThe new alignment of the United States, Mexico, and Canada on climate change—and the forthcoming North American Leaders’ Summit—present an opportunity for these countries to work toward a continental price on carbon emissions.

by Gwynne Taraska and Greg Dotson | Thursday, March 17, 2016