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Climate Change Variability, Not Just Temperatures, Increase Mortality Risks for Vulnerable Populations

July 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate and health research has shown that weather extremes fueled by climate change are seriously threatening human health. It is well-known by the public health community that average seasonal mean temperatures significantly influence the risk of weather-related mortality.[read more]

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence conservatives. It didn’t take long. “I don’t think we should politicize faith,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who brushed off climate change as an inherently political issue.[read more]

Obama's Climate Agenda Is in Trouble: Here's How to Save It

April 16, 2015 by Abigail Barnes
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Obama's Climate Agenda

Last month, the names of a randomly selected three-judge panel were released in a case called Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA – and these three conservative-leaning judges now have the power to determine the fate of the EPA’s most important rule ever: the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

January 2, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Arctic Climate Impacts

If there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change in the region.[read more]

2°C Or Not 2°C: Why We Must Not Ditch Scientific Reality In Climate Policy

October 3, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Policy and Scientific Reality

A new Comment piece in Nature argues we should “Ditch the 2 °C warming goal” as a basis for climate change policy. Their core argument, as Nature sums it up, is “Average global temperature is not a good indicator of planetary health. Track a range of vital signs instead.”[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

Yale Poll: Americans Much More Worried About 'Global Warming' Than 'Climate Change'

May 31, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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'Global Warming' and 'Climate Change'

Do we finally have the answer to the age-old question of what term is better for climate hawks to use: “global warming” or “climate change”? In new polling by the Climate Change Communication efforts of Yale and George Mason, “global warming” is the winner, across the board.[read more]

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The Watt Hour, with Guest Eric Maltzer [PODCAST]

April 14, 2014 by Reid Capalino

To assess the re-emergence of climate change as a topic of intense public discussion, I sat down with Eric Maltzer, who for four years worked on clean energy and global climate policy at the US State Department. Our hour-long conversation covers a wide range of topics.[read more]

Hans Noel: How Ideology Affects US Climate Policy

February 26, 2014 by Evan Juska
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Party and Climate Policy

Ideological polarization in Congress reached a record high last year, putting the brakes on new legislation to address most issues, including climate change. In this interview, Georgetown political scientist Hans Noel explains how it happened, and whether or not it can be fixed.[read more]

Communicating Climate Uncertainty in Wet Times

February 18, 2014 by David Hone

Weather and Communications

As politicians don Wellington boots and wade through flooded fields and streets in southern England, the subject of climate change is rising up the agenda. While all but a very few have stayed away from direct attribution, it is also clear that nobody has a good set of words that describe the current situation.[read more]

California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger

February 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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California and Drought

The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. The bad news: In terms of the ongoing drought that has gripped parts of the West for years, the moisture with this system will only make a dent in the huge precipitation deficit that has occurred.[read more]

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Flood Risks: Urgent Action Needed - But What? Join Our Webinar

February 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Floods cost billions: what can be done?

Floods devastating parts of Europe and Americas east coast have brought to the front of our minds the need to protect human habitation from the increasing number and severity of such events. But what are the best strategies for doing so? Sustainable Cities Collective explores the options...[read more]

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved? New State Department Environmental Report Buoys Both Sides

February 3, 2014 by Elana Schor

The State Department gave hope to both sides of Keystone XL debate in a report that made few changes to its earlier conclusion, that rejecting the pipeline would not stop development of the emissions-intensive Canadian oil sands, while staying mum on the overarching impact of the controversial project.[read more]

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

January 30, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

State of the Union and Climate Change

 

President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy.[read more]

What Is The Most Dangerous Impact Of Climate Change?

January 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Impacts

What is the most dangerous climate change impact? That is a question Tom Friedman begins to get at in his NY Times column, “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria.” The piece is about a “WikiLeaks cable that brilliantly foreshadowed how environmental stresses would fuel the uprising” in Syria.[read more]