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FEMA Finalizes New Requirement for State Disaster Plans to Consider Climate Change Impacts

March 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced a change in its requirements for State Hazard Mitigation Plans. These plans, which states develop in order to prepare for future natural disasters, must now consider the projected effects of climate change on hazard risks.[read more]

The Divestment Distraction and a Positive Vision of Sustainability

March 17, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Actions like stopping a pipeline or fossil fuel divestment come from a view of environmental protection as damage control. While prevention is necessary, we also need sustainability to incorporate a positive vision and a set of lifestyle choices that reduce damage while delivering a high quality of life.[read more]

Getting to Net-Zero Emissions

March 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Net-Zero Emissions

It is looking increasingly likely, but not a given, that a reference to global net-zero emissions or even a specific goal to achieve net-zero emissions by a certain date (e.g. end of the century) will appear in the climate deal that is expected to emerge from the Paris COP at the end of this year.[read more]

The Role of Energy Intensity in Global Decarbonization: How Fast Can We Cut Energy Use?

March 16, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Efficiency and Cutting Carbon Emissions

Avoiding climate change will require the nearly complete decarbonization of the global energy system, with 50-90% reductions in global CO2 emissions by 2050. These cuts must be achieved against a backdrop of growing global population and projected increases in demand for energy and energy-related services.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Florida's Climate Change Denial

March 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Florida, Climate Change, and Public Relations

First reported in an article by Tristram Korten, officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the same agency who is tasked to study the climate and prepare for natural disasters, were told that they were “not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”[read more]

What Drives Businesses to Prepare for Climate Change?

March 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Business and Climate Change

Weather patterns have become increasingly volatile during the winter months leading to extreme variation at times. “Climate change represents the new normal. More and more businesses recognize what is at stake and are grappling with this ongoing change."[read more]

Will India Budget for Clean Energy Development, Green Job Creation?

March 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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India Budget and Energy Planning

As India's ambitious clean energy targets continue to capture headlines, the central government has released its 2015 Union Budget. This budget includes the doubling of tax on coal per metric ton and the development of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.[read more]

Why Divest? The Substantial Harm of Fossil Fuels

March 12, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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What principles should be used to make a decision regarding divestment from fossil fuels? One principle is the existence and degree of harm caused by the use of fossil fuels. And a prodigious body of evidence indicates that the fossil energy system causes pervasive human health, environmental, and social harm.[read more]

New Detector Sniffs Out Origins of Methane

March 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Methane Detection

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet.[read more]

A Little-Known Federal Rule Brings Invisible Pollution Into Focus

March 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Federal Rules and Pollution

Unlike an oil spill, most greenhouse gas emissions are invisible to the naked eye. Though we can’t see them, this pollution represents a daily threat to our environment and communities, and it is important to understand the extent of this pollution and where it comes from.[read more]

Why Care about Global Warming? Droughts, Poor Harvests, and Social Upheaval

March 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

Global Warming, Global Risk

In both industrialized countries and developing countries there may be those who ask “why should we care about global warming?” After all, many people may not feel that they are affected by warming, and may pay scant attention to reports showing the effects of extreme weather and climate events.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

Military Experts in Texas Call for Plan of Action on Climate Change

March 10, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Climate Change and the Military

 

When the U.S. military calls climate change a “threat multiplier” and “a serious threat to national security,” it makes anyone stand up and pay attention. From direct land impacts and food and water shortages, to the displacement of millions of people, climate change is not taken lightly by our armed forces.[read more]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: GOP Should be Mortified by the Face of their Environmental Leadership

March 7, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Climate and Politics

The Washington Post editorial board penned a scathing op-ed in response to Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe’s stunt on the Senate floor last week. Inhofe brought in a snowball from outside to make the point that it was cold in Washington D.C., and thus climate change was a farce.[read more]