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Creating the New Energy Future: Climate Leadership Across the Country

In the ten years since An Inconvenient Truth came out, the impacts of climate change have grown increasingly severe. The amount of carbon pollution we emit globally each day is staggering. And yet, in his recent TED talk about climate change, Al Gore was overwhelmingly optimistic about our future. Why? As the pace of innovation […]

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Pray the Bird: How Facing our Climate Grief Can Prepare Us for Action

Sometimes I am perfectly capable of scanning large swathes of bad news with aplomb, keeping my feelings at bay. I know how to brace myself before I open the morning paper, turn on the TV, or scan the news online. OK, world, I’m ready! Bring it on! Give me the latest list of apocalyptic woes! […]

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Engaging People on the Climate Benefits of Eating Less Meat

The livestock sector accounts for 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions – but most people don’t realize just how carbon-intensive our meat consumption habits are. If they knew how effective a global transition to a low-meat diet would be in fighting climate change, would it motivate them to alter their behavior?   It depends. […]

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How the World Bank Will Help Nations Deliver on Their Paris Climate Commitments

One of the sticking points of the Paris climate negotiations was how to reduce global carbon emissions without putting an undue economic strain on developing nations. A shift in spending announced last week by the World Bank could help solve that problem by assisting developing nations with their climate plan implementation.   Under its new […]

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Why a Growing Number of Evangelicals Are Supporting Climate Solutions

Climate-conscious evangelical Christians held a series of events last week in North Carolina, voicing their firm support for climate action. Attendees recognized the role of humans in damaging the climate, and expressed their belief that “we are only stewards or trustees of God’s creation, and we aren’t to abuse or neglect it.”   Evangelical Christians […]

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Why Mayors Are Crucial to Climate Action

This was an important week for mayors and climate. Three seemingly unrelated climate stories reveal a stark picture of the increasingly urgent call to action facing U.S. mayors. As the leaders most responsible for preventing climate risk and dealing with the consequences of climate impacts, mayors are on the front lines of climate action.   […]

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Christiana Figueres: Achieving the Promise of Paris

When the Paris climate agreement was signed last December, climate advocates everywhere were euphoric. For the first time, the world was united in the climate fight and the commitment to a low-carbon future. Now comes the real challenge – turning those commitments into action.   In this Q & A, Christiana Figueres, who as UN […]

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Groundbreaking New Scientific Assessment Focuses on Climate-Related Health Impacts

Last week, we discussed how the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is approaching their National Climate Assessment report, due out in 2018. Yesterday, the USGCRP released a report specifically focused on the public health implications of climate change. Entitled The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, […]

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Climate Messaging: Lessons From the Marriage Equality Movement

In the run-up to the June 2 federal court hearing on the Clean Power Plan, climate advocates are in full force campaigning for the rule to be upheld. State attorneys general, a coalition of cities, and various environmental groups have filed or will file briefs supporting the rule. In framing the language of their arguments, […]

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18 State Attorneys General Form Historic Coalition to Defend Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration fought back against opponents of the Clean Power Plan, filing a brief with the D.C. Circuit Court that called the plan “eminently reasonable.” The following day, attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia announced their support of the plan, telling the court that “the rule properly incorporates […]

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