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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

Infographic: An Interfaith Call for Climate Action

Americans from diverse faith traditions are responding to the threat of climate change and working to protect the environment, its inhabitants, and its resources.

by Lauren Kokum | Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Francis Moment: A Moral Call to Action on Climate Change

Pope FrancisPope Francis has created an incredible moment of synergy for faith-based and environmental advocates to push for action to protect all people, as well as the planet.

by Claire Markham, Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Connor Hayes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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

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