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An Opportunity for Canada and Australia at the Paris Climate Summit

Obama and TrudeauBy increasing their financial pledges to the Green Climate Fund, Canada and Australia could help re-establish their standings in the geopolitics of climate change.

by Gwynne Taraska | Monday, November 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Principles for Climate-Related Risk Insurance

Hurricane Ivan enters the Gulf of Mexico. book_alt2 icon Report In the run-up to Paris, the Obama administration has an opportunity to lead the efforts to expand access to climate-related insurance across the developing world through parametric insurance programs.

by Pete Ogden, Ben Bovarnick, Yume Hoshijima | Friday, August 28, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Electric Grid Reliability in the Southwest

Lightening strikes over Lake Mead.Opponents of the Clean Power Plan claim that it will undermine grid reliability, but climate change is a far greater threat to power in the Southwest.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns | Friday, August 21, 2015

Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

Wheat nearing harvest book_alt2 icon Report Communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and agricultural communities throughout California are enduring high rates of unemployment, limited and costly access to safe and affordable water, and food insecurity as a consequence of the California drought.

by Wendy Ortiz | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Authority for U.S. Participation in the Paris Climate Agreement

Paris book_alt2 icon Report As the contours of the Paris climate agreement come into focus, it is becoming clear that it could qualify as an executive agreement rather than a treaty.

by Gwynne Taraska and Ben Bovarnick | Tuesday, July 7, 2015