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Safeguarding the Arctic

child along Newtok River article icon Issue Brief National security, coastal communities, and the environment are at stake as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes the helm of the Arctic Council.

by Cathleen Kelly & Miranda Peterson | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s Courts

play_alt icon Video This new minidocumentary from Legal Progress showcases the real human impact of special interest money that is infiltrating judicial elections by featuring one North Carolina family’s story of how coal ash pollution poisoned their community.

by Lauren Malkani, Billy Corriher, Sean Wright | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Government Should Begin to Measure America’s Powerful Outdoor Economy

shopper looks at kayaks article icon Issue Brief The outdoor economy, which now employs more Americans than the mining, drilling, and logging industries combined, should be recognized as a crucial sector of the U.S. economy and accurately measured. This is important not only for jobs, but also for economic growth and health.

by Matt Lee-Ashley, Claire Moser, Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How State Future Funds Can Help States Build Resilient Infrastructure and Cut Carbon Pollution

Monongahela RiverThrough new revolving loan funds that CAP has dubbed State Future Funds, Congress can partner with state and local leaders to address the increasing challenges of climate change.

by Cathleen Kelly & Greg Dotson | Friday, January 16, 2015

Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean

Lobsterman book_alt2 icon Report A survey of New England fishermen testifies to the real-life effects of climate change and ocean warming on their region’s most historic industry.

by Michael Conathan | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cutting Subsidies and Closing Loopholes in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Coal Program

Piles of coal sit at a coal terminal article icon Issue Brief The biggest coal companies in the Powder River Basin are gaming the federal royalty system to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

by Matt Lee-Ashley & Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Fossil-Fuel Industry Spent Big to Set the Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next Congress

Homer City Generating StationThe coal, oil, and gas industries spent more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in the 2014 election cycle. The question is: What will be the return on that investment?

by Claire Moser & Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, December 22, 2014

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