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Taking Action on Climate Change in Latin American Cities Helps Meet Development Goals

September 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate change is portrayed as an environmental issue, but in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions, and low-income and rural communities are disproportionately affected.[read more]

How Solar Can Help in a Social Movement Against Climate Change

September 4, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Climate Change, Solar, and Social Movements

The conventional wisdom is that it’s all about cost. Consumers, most solar salespeople would tell you, are simply interested in saving money on their power bills. But increasingly, cost is not the only factor as consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere choose solar power for environmental reasons.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

10 Reasons Why 2°C Will Be Tough to Achieve

August 13, 2014 by David Hone
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A recent story in The Guardian expressed some optimism that “humans will rise to the challenge of climate change”. Ten reasons were given to be hopeful, but not one of them mentioned the climate basics such as a carbon price or carbon capture and storage.[read more]

Canadians Deserve Honest Climate Talk

August 11, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government asked me and four other economists if we agreed with its study showing huge costs for Canada to meet its Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. We all publicly agreed.[read more]

Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

August 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Climate Change

Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.[read more]

The Cost of Inaction: New CEA Report

August 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Council of Economic Advisors just released an important analysis on the costs of delaying climate action. It follows on the heels of many other reports sounding the same alarm: climate change is here, it is very costly, and doing nothing to reduce dangerous carbon pollution runs intolerably high risks.[read more]

Sea Level Rise and Global Warming [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Sea Level Rise and Risk

The coastlines are changing, what does that mean for coastal development, ecosystems and the global economy? What about real estate values, insurance costs, or that nice little seaside village where you plan to buy a house and retire? It’s all changing.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Climate Change Mitigation vs. Adaptation and the Tragedy of the Commons

July 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Climate Change Futures

“Greenhouse gases mix in the atmosphere and that means it doesn’t matter where they come from. They are going to have the same damage. What that means is that any individual jurisdiction; county, state, city; taking action will incur the costs of its actions but the benefits will be distributed globally."[read more]

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane

July 12, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Cutting Emissions

The bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate impacts is to slash both carbon dioxide and the “super pollutants” like methane sharply starting as soon as possible.[read more]

As a Solution for Climate Change - Nuclear Power is Falling Behind

July 3, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Falls Behind

Recently, the 2014 edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) was issued. The ETP is issued on a two year cycle; the current edition takes the World Energy Outlook 2013 forecasts and looks to the longer term out to 2050.[read more]

Mexico (and the World) Doesn't Have the Luxury of Politics of Usual

July 1, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The ongoing political struggle between the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution for power and influence has created a drag on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ambitious vision for energy reform.[read more]

Climate Change Policy: The European Trading Scheme (ETS)

June 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

European Trading Scheme

A session at the 37th IAEE International Conference in New York, "Climate Change & Carbon Policies: International Lessons and Perspectives,” continued to draw crowds as experts on climate change and carbon policies highlighted different approaches to those issues in the US, China, and Europe.[read more]

EPA and Climate Regulation: Mind the Gaps

June 18, 2014 by James Bushnell

EPA Regulation Gaps

Last week, following years of anticipation, the shoe finally dropped on EPA carbon regulations. Two or three things are notable: First, we’re on the road to a national climate policy! Second, EPA is going out of its way to highlight how much flexibility it will give to States in implementing this policy.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]