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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

Reducing Methane Pollution from Fossil-Fuel Production on America’s Public Lands

natural gas flare article icon Issue Brief Reducing methane emissions from all stages of fossil-fuel production on federal lands is a necessary component of a comprehensive strategy to address climate change.

by Claire Moser, Nidhi Thakar, and Matt Lee-Ashley | Monday, October 6, 2014

Time to Update 1980s Air Quality Standards for Drilling in the Arctic

Alaska article icon Issue Brief New air quality regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management should require that oil and gas companies seeking to drill in the Arctic limit black carbon emissions low enough to protect the climate in addition to human health.

by Rebecca Lefton | Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Slow Near-Term Arctic and Global Warming

Canada article icon Issue Brief The United States should make methane reduction a priority during its Arctic Council chairmanship.

by Gwynne Taraska and Patrick Clouser | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

State Policies to Increase Low-Income Communities’ Access to Solar Power

solar panels article icon Issue Brief Expanding an array of state policies can lead to an increase in low-income community adoption and deployment of solar power.

by Ben Bovarnick and Darryl Banks | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Green Growth

solar panels book_alt2 icon Report While recently established domestic policies have made strides toward a lower carbon future, such measures are stepping stones. Effectively mitigating climate change requires identifying exactly how the United States will transform its energy economy to attain international goals to help protect our climate.

by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks | Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Treasure of Diverted Trash

landfillThe Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed landfill regulations should reduce the need for landfills, strengthen the economy, and reduce emissions of methane—one of our most potent greenhouse gases.

by Danielle Baussan and Erin Auel | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Raising Global Climate Ambition

Earth book_alt2 icon Report Global leaders have within their reach politically feasible options to create a low-carbon economy. Heads of government must grab this opportunity for progress and undertake these nine pragmatic measures by the end of 2015.

by Nigel Purvis | Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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