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A Primer on the Paris Climate Summit

A bird flies in front of the Eiffel Tower article icon Issue Brief The Paris summit, which is set to produce a new international climate agreement, could mark a global pivot toward clean energy.

by Gwynne Taraska | Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Protecting Public Health and Growing the Economy

President George H.W. Bush after signing the Clean Air Act of 1990 article icon Fact Sheet The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 demonstrate that a vibrant economy and strong public health protections can go hand in hand.

by the CAP Energy and Environment Team | Monday, November 16, 2015

A Path to Global Leadership on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: 3 Steps to Slash Domestic Federal Coal Subsidies Through Executive Action

President at 2014 G-20 summitCutting subsidies for the mining of coal on federal lands would enhance U.S. climate leadership at the G-20 summit, the UNFCCC climate conference in Paris, and beyond.

by Nidhi Thakar and Pete Ogden | Friday, November 13, 2015

Lessons from the Storm

Hurricane Sandy damage book_alt2 icon Report The rise of extreme weather is spurring cities to develop climate resilience plans, but it takes more than hard infrastructure improvements to thrive after an extreme weather event.

by Danielle Baussan and Miranda Peterson | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Key Principles for an Energy Policy that Meets U.S. Environmental and Economic Needs

wind turbines article icon Fact Sheet The United States needs an energy policy that rises to the challenge of climate change, embraces renewable energy and cleaner transportation, and balances energy production with strong environmental protections.

| Monday, October 26, 2015

Too Hot to Handle

firefighter book_alt2 icon Report It is time for Congress to accept climate science, join the fight against climate change, and help Western communities defend themselves against hotter, bigger, and more dangerous wildfires.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, October 22, 2015

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