Climate Pragmatism

On Pragmatic Conservation

There is a debate among conservationists over the future of protected areas. On one side are groups that do things like work with countries to site hydroelectric dams so they are less destructive. Then there's groups like the Center for Biological Diversity that sue governments to protect endangered species.[read more]

Our High-Energy Planet

April 9, 2014 by Max Luke

One billion people lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. Our High-Energy Planet, a new report from an international group of energy and environment scholars, outlines a radically new framework for meeting the energy needs of the global poor.[read more]

Obama and the New Climate Change Paradigm

President Obama’s big climate speech at Georgetown University earlier this week was in many way historic, but not for the reasons many observers and commentators have suggested.[read more]

Green Groups Embrace Climate Pragmatism

March 23, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Leading green groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, are embracing a pragmatic approach to advance climate mitigation efforts by refocusing public outreach efforts around the near-term health benefits associated with reducing reliance on coal-fired power plants and increasing vehicle fuel efficiency."We...[read more]

New Air Pollution Rules Could Reduce US Electric-Sector CO2 Emissions By More Than 4 Percent

January 4, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Also by Alex Trembath. Two new federal air pollution regulations are expected to spur the closure of up to 67 aging, inefficient, coal-fired power plants, reducing both harmful air pollutants and emissions of the climate destabilizing greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), according to an AP survey of US power plant operators and a...[read more]

Climate Pragmatism in Action: New Mercury Regulations To Trigger Less Coal Use

December 22, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new (and long-overdue) regulations today to rein in mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants. The new mercury rules, designed to save lives and protect children from the potent neurotoxin, are likely to trigger the closure of many of America's oldest, dirtiest...[read more]

Australia Wants "Clean Energy Cheap Rather Than Dirty Energy Expensive"

December 14, 2011 by Alex Trembath

With the latest round of international climate negotiations coming to an anticlimactic close in Durban, South Africa, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's chief advisor Andrew Charlton offers a pragmatic "Plan B" for tackling the challenges of climate change and energy access. Writing for the Canberra Times, Charlton promotes an agenda centered on technological innovation and the expansion of human welfare.[read more]

The Economist Embraces Climate Pragmatism

November 10, 2011 by Alex Trembath

"Next steps" to restart climate progress are to pursue emissions strategies that don't have to be centrally motivated by climate concerns, according to a recent article in the Economist. The approach resonates strongly with the recommendations made in the recent report "Climate Pragmatism," the product of the combined efforts of 15...[read more]