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International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, San FranciscoA recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World...

Posted July 27, 2014    

What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San FranciscoIt seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days.  What will the 21st century grid look like?  This is one of...

Posted July 25, 2014    

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated,...

Posted July 24, 2014    

Setting State Carbon Pollution Targets

Dave Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs, Washington, D.C.In June, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for fossil-fuel power plants.  Since then, a bevy of pundits have been busy finding fault with various aspects of...

Posted July 23, 2014    

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

Becky Hammer, Project Attorney, Water Program, Washington, DCPresident Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters.  The requirement...

Posted July 21, 2014    

President's Climate Resiliency Actions Include Risk-Mapping Tool

Becky Hayat, Water Policy Advocate, Santa Monica, CaliforniaPresident Obama announced a series of climate preparedness initiatives aimed at strengthening the nation’s efforts to prepare for sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather events....

Posted July 20, 2014    

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.As we‘ve seen play out repeatedly in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is...

Posted July 19, 2014    

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst, Santa MonicaAs California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too...

Posted July 17, 2014    

Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor, Washington, DCThe Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal...

Posted July 16, 2014    

BLM Speeds Drilling Permits as Inspections Suffer

Matthew McFeeley, Attorney, Washington, D.C.Last week, the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General (IG) released a report which stated that approval times for drilling permits on public lands are “often very long.”  The oil and gas...

Posted July 15, 2014    

What Big Oil Isn't Telling You About California's Clean Energy Law

Simon Mui, Scientist, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San FranciscoWe’ve seen this play before: the oil industry is once again trying to scare California into giving it a free pass on pollution.Last week, Big Oil cranked up, once again, its campaign to...

Posted July 13, 2014    

NY High Court's Local Ban Decision is No Basis for Greenlighting Fracking

Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York CityWhen the New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that municipalities have the right to use their zoning codes to ban fracking, my reaction was one of intense relief and celebration. But I...

Posted July 12, 2014