climate change

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]

Faux Pause 2: Warmest November On Record As New Studies Confirm Warming Trend

December 17, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Temperature Records

Last month saw the hottest global November surface temperature on record, according to the latest data from NASA. Of course, the global surface temperature is only one of the many indicators the planet actually just keeps warming.[read more]

Climate Change Consequences: Beetlemania

December 3, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

Yet another article is making the rounds, raising eyebrows, and otherwise causing people to exhaust their cliche reserves. This one is about the discovery that pine beetles are now invading parts of New Jersey, and have already killed tens of thousands of acres of pines, and are marching northward.[read more]

Coffee Farmers Battle Climate Change

December 1, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Coffee Farmers and Climate Change

Growing coffee is a proud, 200-year old tradition in Costa Rica. About half of Costa Rica’s coffee is produced by small farmers, many of whom run small, shade-grown coffee operations. But Costa Rica’s coffee industry is shrinking.[read more]

A Final Contribution From Warsaw

November 29, 2013 by David Hone

Delegates to COP 19 in Warsaw continued negotiating the outcome until late Saturday night. The key sticking points were “loss and damage” and the shape of national actions that would ultimately form the foundation of the 2015 deal (for implementation post 2020).[read more]


Putting the Brakes on CO2 is at Best Half a Climate Solution

November 28, 2013 by Jim Baird

CO2 and Climate

A new study on continued global warming after emissions stoppage challenges the widely-accepted scientific consensus that the planet’s temperature would actually remain the same or decline if CO2 emissions suddenly stopped.[read more]

Climate Change Bills in the 113th Congress

November 25, 2013 by Jason Ye

The first year of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) draws to a close with no passage of climate-specific legislation, but signs that some in Congress understand the importance of addressing this issue. More bills were introduced that support climate action than oppose it.[read more]

Another Tool to Fight Climate Change: Art

November 17, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Art and Climate Change

In 1970, the artist Robert Rauschenberg created a poster for the first Earth Day, a bold image of a bald eagle superimposed atop photos of environmental destruction—a simple collage, and yet a powerful, visceral call to action.[read more]

Are Typhoon Disasters Getting More Common?

November 14, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Weather and Evidence

I have recently been engaged in a Twitter debate with Jeff Sachs, of Columbia Earth Institute, about extreme weather events, such as typhoon Haiyan. The lesson here is that if you are going to pick cherries, make sure that the fruit is not a lemon.[read more]

Strong Climate Action Requires Moving Away from Fossil Fuels

November 12, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Looking ahead towards a next round of global commitments to tackle climate change, the scientific consensus is that we need strong action. Climate change is an unprecedented challenge. And that means we need innovative and far-reaching solutions.[read more]