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Americans Support Action on Global Warming

February 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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Recent reports have shown that global warming and its worldwide effects on human lives have become more common in recent months and years. In this article, we summarize the results of some polling of American public opinion on this subject.[read more]

Atomic Balm: Some Prominent Environmental Veterans are Talking up Nuclear Power as a Climate Change Solution

February 16, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Environmentalism and Considering Nuclear

In recent years, some major science and environmental players have come forward to endorse nuclear power. Former EPA Administrator and Obama climate czar Carol Browner, for examples, signed up for the newest effort to sell nuke plants, the year-old Nuclear Matters, founded by electric giant Exelon in 2014.[read more]

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

February 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Climate Change Action Effectiveness

The calls for action are becoming bolder as we move towards COP21. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But I challenge their view that the climate issue can be resolved in just 35 years.[read more]

The Defeat of Climate Denial

February 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Over the weekend, a poll was released indicating Americans have conclusively rejected climate denial and understand the reality of climate change. According to the survey, "An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming."[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

Talking About Climate Change

January 30, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change and Public Discourse

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theater, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks. For example, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with climate change high on the agenda, hoping to build momentum for an agreement in Paris.[read more]

Obama and Modi's Opportunity to Strengthen U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

January 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and U.S. and Climate Cooperation

President Barack Obama heads to India to celebrate Republic Day on January 26th with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Climate change and clean energy are priority areas of discussion as the two leaders meet during this unprecedented second visit to India by a U.S. president.[read more]

Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

January 17, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Earth and Population Health

The economic model required to restore the planet to health is the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than planet's pathology however the purveyors of the fuels that have brought us to a critical climate juncture insist that the price of their wares is the all-encompassing issue.[read more]

Climate Progress in 2014 Sets Stage for 2015 Action

January 7, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Progress on a multifaceted global challenge like climate change doesn’t happen in one flash of bright light. This can lead to the impression that little is being accomplished, especially when stories highlight areas of disagreement. Nothing can be further from the truth.[read more]

A Do It Yourself Carbon Tax in 5 Simple Steps

January 6, 2015 by David Lawrence

Six weeks ago, I decided to impose a carbon tax on me. Call it a DIY carbon tax. I received lots of enthusiastic comments and great ideas for improvement. Many people joined me and together we are reducing our emissions of carbon dioxide, improving our energy efficiency, saving money, and investing in cleaner energy.[read more]

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

December 23, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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The U.S. risks moving from climate denial to climate despair; that citizens can do little to stop impacts, that government doesn't have the political courage needed to adequately address the problem, and that industry genius will falter and not develop the technologies to solve climate change in time.[read more]

What's a University to do about Climate Change?

December 9, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Universities and Climate Change Action

About a year ago, I blogged about the fossil fuel divestment movement at universities, arguing that it is unlikely to have any effect, and that even if it did it would be to raise fuel prices, which we could do more directly with a carbon tax. In the last year, I’ve changed my mind on what a university can do.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[read more]

ARPA-C: How an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Carbon could Catalyze Development of the CDR Field

November 22, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Research Project Support and CDR

While CDR technologies have been thrust into prominence in the climate change debate, a major problem remains: currently, no CDR technologies exist that are scientifically, technically, and economically proven at the billion+ tonne scale required to prevent climate change.[read more]

IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On 'Irreversible Impacts'

November 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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The Risk of Climate Inaction

 

What is the biggest change in the new climate report from the IPCC by the world’s top scientists and governments, compared to the report that was released back in 2007? It can probably be summed up in one very foreboding word: “Irreversible.”[read more]