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Fossil-Fuel Subsidies in the Crosshairs at World Bank Spring Meetings

Indonesia Fuel SubsidyFossil fuel subsidy reform is a global necessity and is right where it should be—at the top of the World Bank’s development and climate agenda.

by Pete Ogden and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, April 23, 2015

Carbon-Pollution Levels Have Fallen Since 2005 but Remain a Critical Issue

power plantThe Clean Power Plan is essential to ensure that the nation’s power plants emit less, not more, carbon pollution in the future.

by Alison Cassady | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Three Biggest Threats to the Environment from the 114th Congress

Earth Day 45th birthday play_alt icon Video Support for the environment was once a bipartisan affair. Democrats and Republicans came together to create the first Earth Day in 1970. No longer. Here are the three biggest threats to America’s public lands and waters in the 114th Congress.

by Presley Attardo, Elise Shulman, Claire Moser, Miranda Peterson, Andrew Satter | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Toward Decarbonizing America’s Energy System

Community Solar MinnesotaThe Clean Power Plan can help mitigate rising natural gas use in the United States and build momentum for a carbon-free energy system.

by Alison Cassady | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With Fossil Fuels the Focus of Its First 100 Days, the New Congress Has No Results to Show

Sawtooth Berry FieldsForty-four percent of the Senate’s votes in 2015 have been on unpopular anti-environmental proposals and divisive fossil-fuel industry priorities. Congressional leaders will have to change their approach if they want results on energy and environmental issues.

by Matt Lee-Ashley and Claire Moser | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Business Case for the Green Climate Fund

A cow grazes in front of wind turbinesInvestments in clean energy and climate resilience supported by the newly launched Green Climate Fund can be a boon for U.S. businesses and global economic growth.

by Ben Bovarnick and Alexander Tankou | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Extreme Weather on the Rise

Cars sit on the edge of a sinkhole.The most severe weather events of 2014 took 65 lives and cost more than $19 billion, showing that the need for increased resilience investment is greater than ever.

by Miranda Peterson and Alexander Fields | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tracking Seafood From Bait to Plate

The seafood counter in Whole FoodsThe Obama administration recently announced actions that will help reduce seafood fraud and combat pirate fishing around the globe.

by Michael Conathan | Monday, March 23, 2015

Opportunities for the Green Climate Fund in 2015

Grenada Climate Change article icon Issue Brief Countries—including the United States—need to start meeting their financial pledges to the Green Climate Fund so that it can begin to help solve the climate challenge.

by Pete Ogden and Gwynne Taraska | Monday, March 23, 2015

Cutting Greenhouse Gas from Fossil-Fuel Extraction on Federal Lands and Waters

A coal-fired power plant in New Mexico article icon Issue Brief A comprehensive emissions-reduction plan is needed to cut greenhouse gas pollution from energy development on public lands and waters to support U.S. climate change goals.

by Claire Moser, Joshua Mantell, Nidhi Thakar, Chase Huntley, Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Budget Impact: Reducing Exposure to the Risks Posed by Climate Change Saves Money and Lives

Hurricane destroyed houseIf Republican leaders in Congress are serious about fiscal responsibility, their 2016 federal budget proposal will include funds to cut carbon pollution and strengthen the nation’s resilience to climate change.

by Cathleen Kelly and Miranda Peterson | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Making Subsidy Reform Stick

Indonesia fuel subsidyLow oil prices can help countries reform fuel subsidies, but governments should invest the resultant savings in national projects to ensure that they stick.

by Pete Ogden and Ben Bovarnick | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Economic Fallout of the Freeze on Ohio’s Clean Energy Sector

Ohio dock turbine article icon Issue Brief Ohio stands as a cautionary tale of the harms that follow a rollback of renewable energy and energy-efficiency standards.

by Gwynne Taraska and Alison Cassady | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fact Sheet: Efforts to Repeal or Weaken Renewable Energy Schedules in the States

Wind turbines from the Smoky Hills Wind Farm article icon Fact Sheet On the heels of coordinated campaigns across the country to roll back state-level renewable energy standards, many states are already facing similar efforts in the early months of 2015.

by Gwynne Taraska and Alison Cassady | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

States Have a Responsibility to Support and Implement the Clean Power Plan

DroughtStates that oppose the Clean Power Plan are already grappling with the impacts of climate change—and accepting federal dollars to mitigate those impacts.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, March 9, 2015