Even a casual observer can see the intense drive to bring sustainability factors into the massive national mission to grow China's economy. Like that drive to grow the economy, the effort to add pollution control, renewable resources and concern for ecology to that growth is a clear and prominent part of Chinese public policy.
As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?
In a recent op ed in the New York Times, David Brooks made a plea to social conservatives; those who vowed to "fight on" against the Supreme Court decision sanctioning same sex marriages.
Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.
The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change -- because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives are now available.
The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful heat-trapping gases that sig...
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Social policies for reducing economic inequality can enhance the adaptability to climate change for the poor. Social safety nets and particularly conditional cash transfer programs can improve the capacity to respond to natural disasters or spikes in food and fuel prices.
Li Junfeng of China's National Development and Reform Commission has provided a helpful comparison of China's climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we'll discuss below.
Pope Francis's recently released Encyclical "Laudato Si" makes a strong moral case for climate action. It is a powerfully-written, wide-ranging document, and is already influencing decision makers and observers preparing for the U.N. climate conference taking place in December.
Due to Pope Francis' encyclical, what had been a fringe and at times a lonely voice, has suddenly become mainstream. It is our sense of being separate from the Earth that has allowed us to abuse it. If we held the Earth as sacred, as part of the living oneness to which we belong, could we treat it in this way -- would we pollute its rivers, kill off its species?
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' Climate and Energy Program Director Jonas Monast notes that the immediate impact of the Supreme Court's decision will likely be limited because electric utilities have already taken steps to comply with the regulation.
The Pope's call to action on climate change has generated much press coverage and applause from environmental supporters across the political and economic spectrums. I too am grateful that the leader of 1.2 billion faithful chose to make such a strong argument for action.
Even in the face of stiff resistance from fossil fuel interests and their congressional allies, state and federal policies are poised to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 1.1 billion tons, or 27 percent, in the next decade. Here are the nation's five big steps on the path to leadership in Paris.
What if there were a solution in harmony with the conservative values of less government and doing things that grow the economy, a market-friendly approach that doesn't dictate which technologies win or how we should conduct our lives? Such a solution exists with Carbon Fee and Dividend.
The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts.