Sign up | Login with →

Public Health

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

October 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
3

Defense and Climate Risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone
5

Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

October 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Flooding Legislation

Urban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a consequence of urban drainage,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.[read more]

The High Cost of Hurricanes [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 19, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Hurricane Damage Risk

The past ten years have seen a spike in catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, causing more than $300 billion of damage, over 2000 deaths, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Cities along the east coast and Gulf states are becoming more vulnerable to future large hurricanes.[read more]

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

October 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Blackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more than 600 million people without electricity and services.[read more]

European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

October 16, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

It is good news that Europe has published final measures that will require EU member states to lower the carbon intensity of their transport fuel mix by 6% before a 2020 deadline. If adopted, this would be a step in the right direction. But the final policy wasn't as strong as it could have been.[read more]

Costing Damages from Climate Change Offers Only a Partial Guide to Choice of Policy

October 15, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Many of the costs of climate change are omitted from models, essentially assuming that they are zero. For example, knock-on effects, such as regional conflict from the migration of refugees, are often not modeled, but may be among the largest costs of climate change.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
2

UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

People's Climate March and Conservatives: Should Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben Engage the Political Right?

October 14, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

On September 21, hundreds of thousands joined the People’s Climate March in New York. While the marchers were diverse, it was diversity among liberals and leftists. The anti-globalization, anti-corporate, anti-agribusiness, socialist, and labor activists were all there in large numbers, making a lot of noise.[read more]

The Social Cost of Stagnation: A Call for FERC Action

October 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
1

FERC and the Cost of Inaction

FERC is charged by law with ensuring wholesale rates and other critical aspects of the electricity industry, such as transmission practices, are “just and reasonable.” Yet FERC’s official policy is to exclude environmental considerations from its regulation of the industry. Why?[read more]

California Drought Leads to Less Hydropower, Increased Natural Gas Generation

October 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
7

Drought and Fuel Source Changes

The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California's governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category.[read more]

812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

October 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Louisiana Preparedness

 

A report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money it was given to make its communities more resilient and better prepared for floods, storms, sea level rise, and hurricanes.[read more]

People's Climate March: What’s the Impact?

October 11, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

While the energy and enthusiasm at the People's Climate March was great, the reason for the march was that we want to see more ambitious policies. The march itself does not reduce emissions, but it may draw more attention to climate change and send a signal to decision-makers that action is required.[read more]

Does Climate Disruption Change Everything? A Review of Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything'

October 9, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen
8

Naomi Klein‘s 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' makes three basic claims. First, capitalism is the key reason for our addiction to fossil fuels. Second, current solutions are not solving the problem. Finally, grassroots mobilization against fossil fuels can solve the climate crisis.[read more]

Four Reasons Pay-As-You-Go Solar And Digital Financing Are Unlocking Energy Access For All

October 9, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Financing and Energy Access

Thanks to The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor's (CGAP) comprehensive new report, it's easy for those interested in the transformative potential of the PAYG market -- including investors and those looking to work in energy access -- to understand the nuts and bolts of this nascent market.[read more]