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Infographic: The Land and Water Conservation Fund—How America’s Best Parks Program Works

Infographic thumbnailSeptember 3 marks 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without action by Congress, however, the fund will expire in 2015 and America will lose its best parks program.

by Claire Moser, Matt Lee-Ashley, Nidhi Thakar, Pete Morelewicz, and Preeth Srinivasaraghavan | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fact Sheet: 5 Things You Should Know About Powder River Basin Coal Exports

A ship is docked in Norfolk, Virginia. article icon Fact Sheet CAP experts explain why vast amounts of federal coal mined in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana may soon be headed for Asian markets, and why policymakers should be concerned.

by Nathan Joo, Matt Lee-Ashley, and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Protecting the Natural Treasures of America’s Remote Pacific Islands

swimming sharkIt’s time for President Obama to act boldly to preserve one of the planet’s last unspoiled ocean ecosystems.

by Michael Conathan | Friday, August 8, 2014

Balancing Act in the West: How America’s Playground Can Be a Model for Recreation and Drilling

Moab play_alt icon Video This video explores how the Obama administration’s drilling reforms could protect the robust recreation economy of the Moab area and the spectacular desert landscapes that attract visitors from around the world.

by Tom Kenworthy and Andrew Satter | Thursday, August 7, 2014

Saving the Arctic

melt water book_alt2 icon Report The United States should lead ambitious national, regional, and global efforts on climate change and black carbon reduction to slow rapid warming in the Arctic, protect millions of lives, improve food security, and safeguard our planet for future generations when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry becomes chair of the Arctic Council in 2015.

by Rebecca Lefton and Cathleen Kelly | Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Climate Implications of U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, Exports

book_alt2 icon Report Increased LNG exports could theoretically result in a net benefit for the climate, but the conditions are formidable.

by Gwynne Taraska and Darryl Banks | Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summertime, and the Livin’ Is Easy—If You’re Big Oil

gas pumpThe big five oil companies continue earning huge profits—more than $25 billion in the second quarter—yet they receive billions of dollars in unnecessary and unwarranted tax breaks.

by Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson, and Bineh Ndefru | Friday, August 1, 2014

Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River Basin

Powder River Basin article icon Issue Brief Why the federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue and pollution costs.

by Nidhi Thakar and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How Leaving RGGI Leaves New Jersey Behind

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) addresses a gathering at a town hall meeting Giving up his plot to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would be a relatively simple and effective way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to implement proposed carbon-pollution limits while strengthening New Jersey’s health and economy.

by Danielle Baussan | Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

by Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Video Series: A Brighter Future for India

play_alt icon Video This video series documents how solar power has the potential to improve livelihoods, health, and the environment while avoiding the need for the costly grid expansion that is a distant reality for many.

by Andrew Satter and Rebecca Lefton | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Electricity Without the Grid

EnergyDistributed electric generation is a vital tool in the fight against energy poverty around the world.

by Ben Bovarnick and Eliza Dach | Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Concept and Potential of Adaptation Markets

A staff member works on an experimental green roof at the University of Vermont article icon Issue Brief The idea of adaptation markets is relatively new and unfamiliar, but they could be valuable tools to build resilience to the effects of climate change.

by Gwynne Taraska | Thursday, July 10, 2014

4 Ways World Leaders Can Win at the Climate Leaders Summit

Children walk through pollution in Shijiazhuang, China.This summer and fall, world leaders have an opportunity to embrace four cost-effective strategies to drive sustainable and low-carbon economic growth and lay the groundwork for a strong global climate deal in 2015.

by Cathleen Kelly and Hayden Brown | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate Reform

S&ED article icon Issue Brief Chinese leaders are unleashing a wave of new policies that fast track energy and emission reforms in select urban areas while laying the foundation for a more gradual shift nationwide.

by Melanie Hart | Monday, July 7, 2014