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Outcomes of the Lima Climate Negotiations: Essential Steps Toward an International Climate Agreement

Peru foreign minister at COP 20Delegations from around the world set the stage for a new global climate agreement.

by Gwynne Taraska & Jesse Vogel | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Modernizing the Federal Coal Program

Coal passes through a loading terminal article icon Issue Brief Reforms are needed to fix an outdated federal coal program so that U.S. taxpayers receive a fair return on federal coal and the United States meets its climate goals.

by Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to Expect in Lima: An Overview of the 2014 U.N. Climate Negotiations

ChinaWorld leaders are now meeting in Lima, Peru, to build the foundation of a new climate agreement that can have a meaningful effect on world emissions.

by Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mitigating Natural Gas Use in the Electricity Sector

wind turbines book_alt2 icon Report The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan offers states the opportunity to curb rising natural gas use in the United States and achieve steeper carbon-pollution reductions by investing more aggressively in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, December 1, 2014

Infographic: Flush Floods

dripping sewageExtreme weather and rising sea levels from climate change pose a serious threat to our aging sewage system and public health.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, Pete Morelewicz, Arpita Bhattacharyya | Monday, December 1, 2014

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

The Allen Steam Station plant book_alt2 icon Report A troubling correlation between judicial campaign contributions and success rates for law firms underscores the need to restore the state’s public financing of judicial candidates.

by Billy Corriher & Sean Wright | Monday, November 17, 2014

Energy and Climate Change

coal plant book_alt2 icon Report Energy and climate cooperation has become the new action track of the U.S.-China relationship, but the United States and China still do not consider each other to be true strategic partners in this space. It is time to kick cooperation up a notch and start chipping away at the truly difficult issues.

by Melanie Hart | Monday, November 10, 2014

Coastal Ecosystem Protection: A Strategic Opportunity for the United States and India

IndiaCoastal wetlands and mangrove forests help fight climate change, but strong leadership and bilateral collaboration are urgently needed to avoid losing them forever.

by Shiva Polefka | Monday, November 10, 2014

For President Obama, It Is All About Veto Power Now

Clinton vetoThe new Congress that will begin in January will likely mean a broad assault on public lands conservation. President Obama should follow the lead of former President Clinton and wield the veto pen.

by Tom Kenworthy | Monday, November 10, 2014

Rising to the Challenge

Los Angeles Cities around the globe are on the front lines of climate change. A new project in Los Angeles is bringing major resources and intellectual firepower to confront this challenge and help make America’s first major city 100 percent energy and water sustainable.

by Greg Dotson & Erin Auel | Friday, November 7, 2014

Payback: A First Look at the Fossil-Fuel and Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next Congress

coal power plantThe new Congress will have its sights set on rolling back environmental protections; fast tracking exports of oil, coal, and gas; and stopping new protections for parks, monuments, and wilderness.

by Claire Moser and Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Big Oil’s Not-So-Scary Halloween: Industry Leaders Treated to Another Quarter of High Profits

superman at gas stationPerhaps the most frightening trick of all is Big Oil’s ability to hold onto its tax breaks.

by Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson, and Ashley Olmeda | Friday, October 31, 2014

Rising Waters, Rising Threat

overflowing sewer book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers need to invest in the resilience of our wastewater treatment infrastructure to ensure that decades of progress on public health, environmental quality, and economic development are not washed away.

by Ben Bovarnick, Shiva Polefka, and Arpita Bhattacharyya | Friday, October 31, 2014

Fighting Fraudulent Fishing

MunroPresident Obama’s next major ocean initiative needs to get crime out of the seafood supply chain.

by Shiva Polefka and Michael Conathan | Thursday, October 9, 2014

Complex Market Forces Are Challenging Appalachian Coal Mining

Coal in sun article icon Issue Brief Market dynamics and geology, not the alleged war on coal, have led to declines in Appalachian coal production.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, October 6, 2014