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Preventing Sea Level Rise in New York City While Cleaning the Air in India and China

February 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The New York City Panel on Climate Change predicted a hot and stormy future for the city. They are spending $20 billion to help ensure it can adapt to a more difficult future, but if the panel's prediction of two feet of sea level rise comes to pass, we will need many multiples of $20 billion to protect New York.[read more]

Americans Support Action on Global Warming

February 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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Recent reports have shown that global warming and its worldwide effects on human lives have become more common in recent months and years. In this article, we summarize the results of some polling of American public opinion on this subject.[read more]

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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

February 17, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Politics and Health in Virginia

Few Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is easy. Many from there know elected officials who are openly skeptical about global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful emissions and cleaning up waste streams.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

January 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Earth Sustainability Limits

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”.[read more]

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

January 29, 2015 by Jim Baird
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NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.[read more]

'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

January 27, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Temperature Records and Ocean Heat

The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010. But the bigger story actually got buried: Global warming has continued unabated over the past few years.[read more]

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

January 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Trade Agreements and Green Provisions

A 21st century trade agreement must ensure that key environmental protections that our citizens depend upon aren't directly or indirectly undercut. And it should ensure that countries become leaders on key environmental challenges such as destruction of our oceans, wildlife, land, forests, and climate.[read more]

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses its land — with implications for global food prices and natural resources like forests.[read more]

The Limits of Planetary Boundaries 2.0

January 20, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Measuring Boundaries

In 2013 I led research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept. Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats. Recently a paper appeared titled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet," which attempts to refine and clarify the concept.[read more]

Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

January 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Earth and Population Health

The economic model required to restore the planet to health is the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than planet's pathology however the purveyors of the fuels that have brought us to a critical climate juncture insist that the price of their wares is the all-encompassing issue.[read more]

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

January 2, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Arctic Climate Impacts

If there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change in the region.[read more]

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EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

December 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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EPA Coal Ash Regulation and Utilities

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s EPA punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste which would have set stringent disposal requirements.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]