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Companies are Part of the Equation to Address Climate Change

September 30, 2014 by Bob Perciasepe
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In recent years, many companies have acknowledged the risks of climate change and worked to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability. Recently, companies announced new efforts to fund clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and support a price on carbon.[read more]

UN Climate Summit: Could Rising Seas and Coastal Flooding Give Rise to New Legal Category?

September 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Rising Seas and New Law

Rising sea levels could potentially have the most devastating impact on small island states such as the Maldives. These small island states are already negatively impacted and can be expected to be the worst hit by continued rising sea levels – potentially even losing their entire state’s territory to the ocean.[read more]

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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

Sustainability and the Concept of a 'Circular Economy'

September 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Sustainability and Circularity

In an article for the World Economic Forum blog, Leo Schlesinger makes the argument for a regenerative ‘circular economy’. This concept would basically embed sustainability firmly within society and effectively restore much of the life-supporting biosphere for our generation and future generations as well.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

September 29, 2014 by Robert Stavins

World leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City this past week for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s much anticipated Climate Summit, a lead-up to global negotiations that will take place in Lima, Peru, in December of this year, and culminate a year later in Paris.[read more]

Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action?

September 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

United States and India Summit

As leaders of the world's largest democracies, the Obama-Modi summit is an opportunity to accelerate climate action in economically advantageous ways for both countries. The United States, India, and the world will benefit enormously if the leaders agree to immediate action to curb climate change.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

People's Climate March: Why We March

September 27, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Climate Activism

We left at six in the morning from D.C., bleary-eyed and unresponsive to the bus leader who gave us the run down on how the day would go. But by ten o’clock, when the bus rolled into New York City, people were introducing themselves, chatting about their points of origin, reasons for coming.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Alaska is Going to be the Next Florida'

September 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Alaska and Environmental Risk

There is widespread agreement that carbon emissions have significantly increased since the industrial revolution and these emissions are playing a climate-changing role, but the consensus diverges when modeling future climate change effect scenarios.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]

Mayor Bill de Blasio Pivots Toward a Sustainable New York City

September 25, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting just finished, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided the time was right to renew the city's sustainability effort.[read more]

China, Climate, and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

September 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China, Coal, and Fuels

During Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, China stopped short of making any post-2020 commitments at the Summit, though Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that China will work to peak its total CO2 emissions as soon as possible.[read more]

Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

September 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Federal Standards on Emissions

This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, where he announced that the EPA will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: What Should We Do with the Waste?

September 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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It is about time to declare that the default argument against nuclear energy has now been proven invalid. We know how to effectively store and protect used nuclear fuel. We do it routinely. It is not unusually costly or a burden on future generations.[read more]