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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]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

Hottest July On Record Keeps 2015 On Track To Crush 2014 For Hottest Year

August 17, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Global Temperature Records

NASA reports this was the hottest July on record. So we are now in “bet the mortgage” territory that 2015 will be the hottest year in NASA’s 125-year temperature record. In fact, 2015 is likely to crush the previous record — 2014 — probably by a wide margin.[read more]

Obama Administration Taking Bold Action Before Paris Climate Summit by Finalizing Clean Power Plan

August 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

How Smart Grid and Demand Response Could Fit Into the Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Clean Power Plan Compliance

Less dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and while that’s a potential boon to wind and solar power, it could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate that renewable energy into the grid.[read more]

How Chinese Industry Can Cap Coal Consumption and Transition to Cleaner Production

August 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

China and Coal Consumption

With the release of the Clean Power Plan, the United States has established a game-changing regulation that will reduce carbon pollution. China, meanwhile, has a chance to make just as important a contribution to addressing climate change by capping its coal consumption in key industries.[read more]


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