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Cutting Carbon Pollution While Promoting Economic Growth

California solar panels article icon Issue Brief Recent experience shows that countries and localities can cut carbon pollution while building healthy economies.

by Myriam Alexander-Kearns & Alison Cassady | Wednesday, May 27, 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 & Gwynne Taraska | Monday, March 23, 2015

How State Future Funds Can Help States Build Resilient Infrastructure and Cut Carbon Pollution

Monongahela RiverThrough new revolving loan funds that CAP has dubbed State Future Funds, Congress can partner with state and local leaders to address the increasing challenges of climate change.

by Cathleen Kelly & Greg Dotson | Friday, January 16, 2015

Outcomes of the Lima Climate Negotiations: Essential Steps Toward an International Climate Agreement

Peru foreign minister at COP 20Delegations from around the world set the stage for a new global climate agreement.

by Gwynne Taraska & Jesse Vogel | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rising to the Challenge

Los Angeles Cities around the globe are on the front lines of climate change. A new project in Los Angeles is bringing major resources and intellectual firepower to confront this challenge and help make America’s first major city 100 percent energy and water sustainable.

by Greg Dotson & Erin Auel | Friday, November 7, 2014

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

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

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

5 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Carbon-Pollution Standards

Los Angeles at nightThe EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed guidelines for states to reduce carbon pollution; cities can and should play a significant role in this effort as well.

by Danielle Baussan and Ben Bovarnick | Friday, June 20, 2014

Video: 5 Things You Need to Know About the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

play_alt icon Video The Obama administration recently proposed new guidelines for states to limit the carbon pollution of existing power plants. Center for American Progress Managing Director of Energy Policy Danielle Baussan explains five things that you need to know about how these new rules will benefit our climate, health, and pocketbooks.

by Danielle Baussan, Lauren Malkani, Andrew Satter, and Miranda Peterson | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fundamental Facts of the EPA’s Climate Protection Proposal

coal plantUtilities’ gloomy prophecies of exorbitant pollution clean-up costs are unfounded. Electric rates currently are lower than 2008—even with the new mercury emission standard.

by Daniel J. Weiss | Friday, May 30, 2014

Keeping Cool in a Hotter United States

sweating manCongress must increase assistance to help low-income households adapt to the hotter weather brought by climate change.

by Daniel J. Weiss | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reducing Poverty Through Climate Action

Peruvian boy book_alt2 icon Report Ending poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change is within our reach, especially if countries commit to a new global development agenda that improves livelihoods in ways that support low-carbon and sustainable economic growth.

by Molly Elgin-Cossart, Cathleen Kelly, and Abigail Jones | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rising Seas and Leadership as Senate Commerce Heads to Miami

A field hearing in South Florida on sea-level rise shows increasing vulnerability and stark political division. Local progress is underway, but federal action needs to catch up.

by Kristan Uhlenbrock | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Why a Melting Arctic Could Sink the Global Economy

Inuit fisherman near Greenland Ice Sheet article icon Issue Brief The United States needs to take the lead on reining in climate change in the Arctic and globally and addressing the environmental, economic, and national security implications of warming in the High North.

by Cathleen Kelly | Wednesday, March 19, 2014