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Three Reasons Why New Flood Protection Standards Are a Good Idea

President Obama recently updated federal flood protection standards. These are the criteria government agencies use when building their own facilities, as well as when they decide whether to finance large public projects, such as train or bus...

Posted May 7, 2015    

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. The Wall Street...

Posted February 21, 2015    

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

When I worked at the New York Attorney General's Office, we sued coal-fired power plants because their air pollution was making people sick. But in some towns, I saw that the reliance on coal really had people in a bind. The coal plant was making...

Posted February 11, 2015    

Top 5 Food Trends to Watch in 2015

Last year, the movement toward a cleaner, more sustainable food supply gained traction, from school lunches with antibiotic-free chicken to a new rating system for produce that goes beyond organics to take energy, water use, and other sustainability...

Posted January 17, 2015    

Pentagon Sees Climate Change as Immediate Security Risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk--a...

Posted October 20, 2014    

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble.Case in point: Florida,...

Posted August 20, 2014    

Cool It: 8 Tips to Handle the Dog Days of Summer in a Warming Climate

There are some things about this season I don’t enjoy: the excessive heat, the smog, the bugs—and sometimes when you head to the beach to cool off, there’s a swim advisory.These are the real dog days of summer. As our climate continues to warm, we...

Posted July 7, 2014    

7 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

Prolonged drought is one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. Texas has been in the grips of widespread drought since late 2010; California, where my daughters used to live, is in its third year of drought, with 100 percent of the state...

Posted July 5, 2014    

Cutting Carbon Pollution: The World is Watching Us

World Cup fever is starting to take hold in the United States, grabbing public attention with the same urgency that it does in the rest of the world. It reminds me of another global event that’s also attained new levels of attention in the United...

Posted July 1, 2014    

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York CityCommon-sense carbon pollution standards for power plants—like the proposed standards that President Obama will unveil next week--can protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new...

Posted June 1, 2014    

Why Do We Need to Curb Climate Change? Watch This Video

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York CityWhat does climate change look like? Everyone has a different answer. To a Texas rancher, it’s the drought that’s starving his cattle. To a worried mother in New York City, it’s the stultifying heat wave...

Posted May 4, 2014    

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of...

Posted April 13, 2014