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Protecting Public Health in the Fallout of the Volkswagen Pollution Scandal

tail pipe emissionsThe Obama administration has the tools it needs to protect the public from the pollution associated with the Volkswagen scandal while boosting local economies throughout the country.

by Greg Dotson and Alison Cassady | Monday, October 19, 2015

Confronting America’s Wildlife Extinction Crisis

wolverine book_alt2 icon Report A new classification for declining plant and animal populations would encourage the voluntary conservation of U.S. wildlife species before they reach the brink of extinction.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Nicole Gentile | Monday, October 19, 2015

Climate-Related Risk Insurance: A New Opportunity for U.S.-China Collaboration

President Obama and President XiThe United States and China can put their shared climate-finance commitments to work by collaborating on climate-related parametric-risk insurance initiatives.

by Pete Ogden, Ben Bovarnick, Yangshengjing (Ub) Qiu | Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Greening of Our National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains alternative fuel kick-off events article icon Issue Brief As the centennial of the National Park Service approaches, a commitment to sustainable transportation will help move the parks into the next century.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Nidhi Thakar | Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paris: The New Geopolitics of Climate Change

Obama and ModiA series of recent climate pledges from developing countries has demonstrated that the geopolitics of climate action is shifting in the lead-up to the Paris climate agreement.

by Gwynne Taraska | Friday, October 2, 2015

The Meaning of Loss and Damage in the International Climate Negotiations

Typhoon Hagupit article icon Issue Brief Loss and damage is a concept that is broader than climate adaptation and should not be conflated with liability or compensation.

by Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

U.S.-China Climate Announcements Lay Foundation for Success in Paris

Obama and XiNew U.S.-China climate partnership commitments ease the path to international agreement later this year.

by Melanie Hart, Pete Ogden, Greg Dotson | Friday, September 25, 2015

New Protections for the Greater Sage Grouse Strengthen President Obama’s Conservation Record

Greater sage grouseThe historic measures announced to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat bolster President Obama’s conservation legacy.

by Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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