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Environmental Policy

LULAC Asks Congress to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

Brent A. Wilkes | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Brent A. Wilkes

Sometimes it's easy to take things for granted. We may spend a Saturday with our families at a soccer game or cookout in a park, not always thinking about the peaceful setting we are in or how it came to be set aside for the public to use and enjoy.

A Key Moment Is Coming for the IPCC's Future

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the much-maligned and much-celebrated IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair.

Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past Battles the Future at Seneca Lake

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 07.09.2015 | Green
Ellen Cantarow

Let's amend the famous line from Joni Mitchell's "Yellow Taxi" to fit this moment in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There, Big Energy seems determined to turn paradise, if not into a parking lot, then into a massive storage area for fracked natural gas.

Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Cooperation in Policymaking

Roger Germann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

The Great Lakes connect more than 40 million people who live in the region through shared coastlines and drinking water, a trillion-dollar economy, and governmental partnerships.

Prisoner of Reality

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Democracy is no walk in the park. Embattled President Obama's latest energy conundrum is a graphic illustration.

Latino Voters Crucial To Passing Environmental Laws: Report

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

Latino voters care deeply about green issues, and could be a crucial voting bloc in support of environmentally-friendly legislation, according to a ne...

A Columnist's Lament

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Pentagon analysts make a credible case that climate change-related sea level rise threatens our coastal transportation systems. In addition, they warn that increasingly extreme weather events are potential disruptors of domestic energy supply and distribution.

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Stavins

With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...

Conservative Discrepancy

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Conservative Republicans are trumpeting the resounding election victory of the British Conservative Party as a triumph of kindred souls. Not so fast. At least in regard to environmental policy, the two Conservative parties bear little resemblance.

The Final Stage of IPCC AR5 -- Last Week's Outcome in Copenhagen

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

First of all, here's the simplest headline statement: Things improved significantly at the Synthesis Report (SYR) government approval sessions in Copenhagen last week, but in saying this, I am only referring to the material for which I've been responsible. Let me explain.

Climate Change Trap

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's public declaration of concern about climate change has put himself and other Republican presidential aspirants in a political bind.

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The following post was originally published on Sept. 27, 2014, on Robert Stavins' personal blog. World leaders converged at the United Nations in New...

Federal Dysfunction Continues to Underfund Science and Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Funding ports and scientific research should be ideologically neutral pieces of consensus in American politics. But in the toxic environment of the American Congress we can't even do the easy stuff.

Republican Confusion

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican assertions that California's drought is really a manifestation of water mismanagement are red herrings. State water experts say the unbuilt dams touted by Republicans as solutions would add little to the state's consumption capacity. Besides, where would the water to fill these storage sites come from in the course of an extended drought?

Losing Ground

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Despite the vital importance of coastal wetlands and the public and private efforts to save them, the nation is losing the preservation battle.

Carbon Shock: How Global Warming Is Changing the Cost of Everything

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Chaos and uncertainty: These are the first two words of Carbon Shock. And this is what faces us, if we don't pay attention.

Presidential Hubris

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

To be fair, Jindal is no different from a long line of Louisiana politicians who have greased the skids for oil industry activity. But those politicians were not angling to become president of the United States. Jindal is. Could the governor be trusted to give a national constituency a better deal than he gave his own state's citizenry in relation to the oil industry?

Was Reagan Right?

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

I have always viewed the federal government as an essential cog in the organized effort to curb pollution and resource degradation. It was therefore alarming to me that President Ronald Reagan's tart observation that "the 10 most frightening words in the English language are 'I'm from the federal government, and I'm here to help'" was beginning to make sense.

Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Scientists have moved the well-publicized Doomsday Clock from five minutes to three minutes before midnight (aka catastrophe), but the Republican majorities in Congress are not keeping time.

Canadian Provinces Take Lead on Climate Protection

Antonia Sohns | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia all use different economic, environmental and political instruments to achieve their climate goal but have helped Canada lower GHG emissions over the years and tackle climate change at the national level.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

Agenda for the Ages

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

As the GOP takes control of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to set the stage for public acceptance of a Republican president in 2016. So what is the party's Capitol Hill agenda for achieving that objective?