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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

Three Ways Congressional Mens Rea Proposals Could Allow White Collar Criminals to Escape Prosecution

Gavel in courtroom article icon Issue Brief The mens rea proposals in Congress’ criminal justice reform package could serve as a ‘get out of jail free’ card for white-collar criminals.

by Greg Dotson and Alison Cassady | Friday, March 11, 2016

4 Ways Obama and Trudeau Can Partner to Curb Climate Change

President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau speak article icon Issue Brief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington, D.C., opens new possibilities for U.S.-Canadian partnerships to reduce the risks of Arctic and global warming.

by Cathleen Kelly | Thursday, March 3, 2016

How Congress Should Respond to the Flint Water Crisis

A Flint water towerThe water crisis in Flint was both foreseeable and preventable; Congress must ensure this never happens again by increasing infrastructure funding and strengthening oversight.

by Kevin DeGood and Greg Dotson | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis

play_alt icon Video Government officials in Michigan have been scrambling to address the fallout of the man-made water catastrophe in Flint that poisoned thousands of mostly low-income people of color.

by Andrew Satter | Monday, February 8, 2016

5 Reasons Why the EPA Should Limit Methane Pollution from All Sources in the Oil and Gas Sector

A housing community near a methane leakThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to limit methane pollution from all sources in the oil and gas sector to meet the Obama administration’s climate change mitigation goals.

by Alison Cassady | Thursday, February 4, 2016