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Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

Can California Ignore its Neighbors?

September 1, 2015 by James Bushnell
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California and Neighborly Risk

The U.S., has operated its power system as a collection of balkanized fiefdoms. Evidence from around the country, indicates that merging utility system operations can be a big win economically by reducing the amount of fuel burned, improving network utilization, and increasing reliability.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

September 1, 2015 by Justin Guay

Innovation and Environmental Advocacy

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation - in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society - is essential.[read more]

A "Great Reversal" in China? Coal Continues to Decline with Enforcement of Environmental Laws

August 31, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China Coal Reversal

Two stories dominate China’s energy trajectory right now. The first is that reports from three agencies all point to the continuing decline in use of coal in the first half of 2015, continuing a trajectory already notable in 2014. The other side of this story is the determination to enforce pollution regulation.[read more]

The Paris Talks: Looking Behind the Scenes

August 31, 2015 by Elliot Diringer
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Negotiations toward a new global climate agreement resumed Monday in Bonn amid a growing concern that time to reach an agreement is running short – the agreement is due this December in Paris – and that the remaining task is monumental.[read more]

The Best Shot for Slowing Climate Impacts in Alaska and the Arctic

August 28, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke
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Arctic Melting and Risk in Alaska

I worked in Alaska many years ago as a young attorney defending the forests, fisheries and other remarkable natural resources of the last frontier. The “termination dust” that fell every fall ahead of the deep freeze of winter made my job easier, providing an annual pause in development.[read more]

Katrina 10 Years On: The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Provides a Way Forward

August 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Flood Standards

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was the costliest, as well as, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. When the levee system safeguarding New Orleans catastrophically failed, our nation watched in horror as the flood waters spread.[read more]

Drought and Extremes of Heat Reduce Farm Yields and Worsen Wildfires

August 27, 2015 by Henry Auer
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Global Warming Damage Already Done

Man-made global warming worsens the extreme drought in the American West because of its excessive heating. Farms in California receive inadequate water supplies, leading to crop losses. Wildfires are burning record areas of forest in the West as well as in Alaska.[read more]

Katrina's Vital Lesson

August 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama goes to New Orleans on Thursday to mark the Gulf region's struggle to recover from not one disaster but two: Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the levee system that swamped the Crescent City 10 years ago this week. In some respects, the recovery has been remarkable.[read more]

U.S. Coastal Cities Face Increased Risk of Flooding

August 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Coastal Flooding Risk

In the US, the economic, environmental and social impacts of flooding are severe. Flooding presents a serious risk to our physical infrastructure, which are essential to the well-being of the nation. Unfortunately, US coastal cities are facing an increased risk of severe flooding due to compound flooding.[read more]

Hottest Month On Record Portends Global Warming Speed Up

August 25, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Monthly Temps and Global Warming Risk

Last month was not just the hottest July on record. Since July is “the warmest month of the year globally,” NOAA’s latest monthly State of the Climate Report, notes that July 2015 “was also the highest among all 1627 months in the record that began in January 1880.”[read more]

Assessing the INDCs

August 24, 2015 by David Hone

Countries and their Contributions

It is now just 100 days until COP21 in Paris. The summer months have seen many INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC prior to the assessment deadline of October 1st. This is the date when the UNFCCC secretariat will start work on a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDCs.[read more]

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Methane's Impact: An Under-Estimation of Global Significance

August 21, 2015 by Matt de la Houssaye
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Global Methane Risk

According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from this can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.[read more]

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

August 18, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Earth and the Limitations of Resources

According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand, also known as biocapacity.[read more]


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