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Earth Day Is a Reminder to Move Forward on Combating Climate Change

Gene Karpinski | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Gene Karpinski

Under President Obama's leadership, we've already taken the single biggest step that the U.S. government has ever taken to reduce global warming pollution -- the implementation of a series of historic new rules to increase national fuel efficiency for cars to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.

Time to Recognize the Rights of Nature

Terry Tamminen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

As the World Bank warns, a possible 4 degree Celsius increase in global temperatures by the 2060s will lead to a "transition of the Earth's ecosystems into a state unknown in human experience."

An Agenda for Regulatory Reform: Think Big (and Small)

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Poorly thought-out government regulations can do tremendous harm. To date, the Republican Party's efforts against them have been heavy on bluster and light on action. By thinking bigger and thinking smaller, however, there's a good chance that the GOP could move forward with real regulatory reform.

Five Reasons to Support Gina McCarthy's Nomination to Lead the EPA

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Gina McCarthy has been tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, and given her track record of protecting America's families from toxic pollution, her confirmation will help us all breathe easier.

In Gina McCarthy Hearing, Possible Conversation Over Cap-and-Trade

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

This is a pretty straightforward cap-and-trade proposal very similar to the one currently in place to control acid rain. In fact, there was a time when members of the GOP were the most enthusiastic advocates for cap-and-trade.

If You Can't Stand the Heat: Why Washington Is Stuck on Climate Change (Part 1)

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Keith Gaby

It may be hard to pass climate change legislation by working with conservatives, but it will be nearly impossible to do so without them. That leaves us two choices: act without Congress, or move towards an approach that can get widespread support.

Who Needs Congress?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Here's some more good news that happened in spite of the current Congress, which has been more interested in weakening the Clean Air Act than enforcing it. During the past two decades, the air in our national parks has dramatically improved.

The Downhill Race to Save Winter

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Our children are experiencing a spiraling downhill decline to winter. But there's hope!

DTE's Claims of Being a Good Neighbor Contradicted by Clean Air Act Violations

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 05.15.2013 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

Continued corporate tax breaks contribute heavily to the poor financial condition of these communities just as industrial pollution contributes to their poor environmental and health conditions.

Sequester Dirties the Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The average American may not be aware of how these sequester cuts will impact the air that they breathe. Perhaps, most surprising to them, would be how the affected programs that reduce air pollution will shape the state of national health for everyone.

President Obama Should Abandon the All of the Above Energy Strategy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The surest sign that President Obama is willing to make renewable energy a priority will be when we stop hearing about "all of the above" and start hearing about the need to set priorities and make choices.

The Climate Post: Obama Announces Leaders of His Energy, Environment Team

Tim Profeta | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

As a result of climate change, by mid-century, ships could sail directly over the North Pole, according to a new study. The Northwest Passage is now only accessible to a few icebreaker ships on average one summer of every seven years.

Beijing's Airpocalypse: The Cost Of Inaction

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

The god of wealth might bring bucks to doorsteps... and a blazing fireworks display may add to the festivities of the day, but those noxious clouds of smoke snaking around Beijing cannot stave off China's legacy that accounts for nearly half of global coal consumption.

The State of the Union and Climate Change

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

While President Obama's focus on climate change is a welcome, albeit belated, shift, it remains to be seen whether he will match words with action. More and more environmental organizations and activists are prepared to keep the pressure on to ensure he does.

The Climate Post: As U.S. Carbon Dioxide Footprint Falls, Report Looks at Ways to Continue Emission Decline

Tim Profeta | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

As Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama Administration's commitment to combat climate change, new data indicates carbon dioxide emissions in the United States in 2012 dropped to their lowest levels since 1994.

The Climate Post: Climate Change Resurfaces in President's Second Inaugural Address

Tim Profeta | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

Obama's words regarding climate change will soon be tested when he decides whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that will carry tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast. His green energy agenda could be defined by this decision -- even though any action is still months away.

President Obama Vows Action on Climate; Latino Groups Support Swift Action

Adrianna Quintero | Posted 03.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Adrianna Quintero

Mr. President, the Latino community, and Americans across the nation, stand ready to support your actions to respond to the threat of climate change and protect our children and future generations.

5 Ways President Obama Could Fight Climate Change Now

Kassie Siegel | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Kassie Siegel

We're in trouble. If we don't act -- quickly -- the consequences could be devastating. But the good news is that President Obama has extremely powerful existing tools to fight climate change right now -- if only he would use them.

Foreign Policy on '10 Problems Obama Could Solve Right Now' Including Global Warming

Gernot Wagner | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Gernot Wagner

Mind you, "President Obama isn't going to halt the rise of the oceans in his second term."

The Climate Post: Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached, Clean Energy Not Forgotten

Tim Profeta | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

After months of negotiating, lawmakers reached an agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Featured in the measure is an extension of a renewable electricity production tax credit for wind, geothermal and some biomass projects.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

Climate Change: President Obama's FDR Moment

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.20.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As we enter 2013, President Barack Obama faces a major challenge on how to address climate disruption. The nation -- and the world -- are looking to him for bold action and to see whether America will finally take the steps needed to address one of the biggest crises our planet has ever faced.

Shock Treatment

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Edward Flattau

What does it take to instill world leaders with a sense of urgency regarding climate change?

Good News in the Fight Against Bad Air

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Later this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to adopt stricter limits on exposure to one of the leading sources of poor air quality: soot.

The Climate Post: Scientific Papers Share Lessons Learned From the BP Oil Spill

Tim Profeta | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

A collection of papers out in PNAS looks at the response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, examining whether it was successful and how it could be improved. The release of the reports comes just days after the EPA suspended BP from obtaining new U.S. contracts.