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New Document Streamlines Negotiating Text for Paris, as Groundswell of Climate Action Continues

Shchipkova Elena / Shutterstock.comHan Chen, International Climate Advocate, Washington, D.C.As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen - where negotiators...

Posted July 31, 2015    

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

Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate and Health Fellow, Washington, D.C.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...

Posted July 30, 2015    

Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San FranciscoIn the Western U.S. a major change in how the electrical system is operated is underway. It is driven by economics, environmental policy, and system reliability concerns. This...

Posted July 27, 2015    

Canada's New Energy Strategy Reveals Irreconcilable Rifts in Aspirations on Climate and Tar Sands

Anthony Swift, Attorney, International Program, Washington, DCFollowing a week of negotiations, Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's...

Posted July 21, 2015    

The Dog that Did Not Bark: A Nuclear Power Story

Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CAA memorable Sherlock Holmes story involves "the curious incident of the dog" that did not bark when expected, and a much more contemporary California version involves calm in the aftermath...

Posted July 6, 2015    

US-Brazil 20% Renewable Commitment is a Good Start, But We Can Do More

Noah Long, Senior Attorney, San FranciscoPresident Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, announced a pretty impressive clean energy commitment at their joint White House appearance recently. Representing the world's second-largest...

Posted July 3, 2015    

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads

Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North CarolinaAs a North Carolinian, I can tell you it's pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capacity. And...

Posted June 30, 2015    

Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San FranciscoDecades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - and these benefits far exceed the costs. A...

Posted June 26, 2015    

House Appropriations Committee Seeks to Undercut Federal Flood Protections

Joel Scata, Water Policy Advocate, ChicagoOn June 10, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that increases America's exposure to flood loss. Mirroring language in the ill-conceived Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the...

Posted June 15, 2015    

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020

Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CAThe California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated Building Energy Efficiency Standards which according to the CEC will cut regulated energy use in new homes by...

Posted June 11, 2015    

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.This post, written by David Baake. summarizes hisforthcoming article in the Environmental Law Reporter.Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on three Republican bills bent on weakening basic Clean Air Act protections and making the air less...

Posted June 4, 2015