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Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

January 2, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

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]

2°C Or Not 2°C: Why We Must Not Ditch Scientific Reality In Climate Policy

October 3, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Policy and Scientific Reality

A new Comment piece in Nature argues we should “Ditch the 2 °C warming goal” as a basis for climate change policy. Their core argument, as Nature sums it up, is “Average global temperature is not a good indicator of planetary health. Track a range of vital signs instead.”[read more]


When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

Yale Poll: Americans Much More Worried About 'Global Warming' Than 'Climate Change'

May 31, 2014 by Joseph Romm

'Global Warming' and 'Climate Change'

Do we finally have the answer to the age-old question of what term is better for climate hawks to use: “global warming” or “climate change”? In new polling by the Climate Change Communication efforts of Yale and George Mason, “global warming” is the winner, across the board.[read more]


The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

Hans Noel: How Ideology Affects US Climate Policy

February 26, 2014 by Evan Juska

Party and Climate Policy

Ideological polarization in Congress reached a record high last year, putting the brakes on new legislation to address most issues, including climate change. In this interview, Georgetown political scientist Hans Noel explains how it happened, and whether or not it can be fixed.[read more]

Communicating Climate Uncertainty in Wet Times

February 18, 2014 by David Hone

Weather and Communications

As politicians don Wellington boots and wade through flooded fields and streets in southern England, the subject of climate change is rising up the agenda. While all but a very few have stayed away from direct attribution, it is also clear that nobody has a good set of words that describe the current situation.[read more]

California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger

February 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Drought

The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. The bad news: In terms of the ongoing drought that has gripped parts of the West for years, the moisture with this system will only make a dent in the huge precipitation deficit that has occurred.[read more]


Flood Risks: Urgent Action Needed - But What? Join Our Webinar

February 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Floods cost billions: what can be done?

Floods devastating parts of Europe and Americas east coast have brought to the front of our minds the need to protect human habitation from the increasing number and severity of such events. But what are the best strategies for doing so? Sustainable Cities Collective explores the options...[read more]

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved? New State Department Environmental Report Buoys Both Sides

February 3, 2014 by Elana Schor

The State Department gave hope to both sides of Keystone XL debate in a report that made few changes to its earlier conclusion, that rejecting the pipeline would not stop development of the emissions-intensive Canadian oil sands, while staying mum on the overarching impact of the controversial project.[read more]

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

January 30, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

State of the Union and Climate Change


President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy.[read more]

What Is The Most Dangerous Impact Of Climate Change?

January 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Impacts

What is the most dangerous climate change impact? That is a question Tom Friedman begins to get at in his NY Times column, “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria.” The piece is about a “WikiLeaks cable that brilliantly foreshadowed how environmental stresses would fuel the uprising” in Syria.[read more]

Climate Change, California, and the Smart Grid

January 21, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The California Energy Commission publishes an Integrated Energy Policy Report every two years. The most recent report serves many information purposes, such as assessing major energy trends and issues facing the state’s electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuel sectors.[read more]

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don't Forget the Suburbs

January 13, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

Suburbs and Climate Change

U.S. suburbs account for half of all U.S. household greenhouse gas emissions, even though they house less than half the population. Taking into account the impact of all urban and suburban residents, large metropolitan areas have a slightly higher average carbon footprint than smaller metro areas.[read more]

Obama Administration Starts the New Year with More Climate Action

January 11, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Obama Administration and Climate Change

2014 has kicked off with welcome progress in the fight against climate change. On Wednesday, the Obama Administration published limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. This step confirms the President’s National Climate Action plan is on track to deliver climate solutions in 2014.[read more]