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Paris Agreement Updates

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, was originally scheduled to be hosted by the United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland from the 9th to 20th of November, 2020. This was supposed to be the first “global stocktake” on the progress of the Paris Agreement’s implementation, an important step in the timeline…

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My Written Testimony on Transportation Infrastructure and Climate Change

By Kristy Dahl, Senior Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists In May of 2019, I had the opportunity to provide written testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s hearing on “The Need for Resilience: Preparing America’s Transportation Infrastructure for Climate Change.” I focused on how the many impacts of climate change—from…

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Earth Day 2020: 50 Years of Progress Are Threatened by an Administration Turning Back the Clock on Environmental Protections

By Dr. Elizabeth Southerland, a member of the Environmental Protection Network, served in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1984 to 2017. She was the director of the Office of Science and Technology in EPA’s Office of Water from 2012-2017 This article was originally published in The Guardian. On the first Earth Day in 1970, millions…

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NOAA 2019 Climate Report

In 2019, there were 14 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States: three inland flooding events, eight severe storm events, two tropical cyclone events (Dorian and Imelda) and one wildfire event. 2019 experienced an above-average year of costs ($45.0 billion) as the 40-year (1980–2019) annual cost average…

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The Future of Food from the Sea

The United Nations High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) commissioned HLP Expert Group, a global group of over 70 content experts, to organize and edit a series of “Blue Papers” to explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. The HLP identified 16 specific topics for which it…

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COP25 Climate Talks: What Just Happened, and What Lies Ahead?

By Teresa Hartmann, Programme Specialist, Environment and Development, World Economic Forum Geneva Climate change was one of the most-discussed topics at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Prior to the forum, weforum.org published a piece titled COP25 climate talks: What just happened, and what lies ahead? The article summarized December’s UN climate change meeting in…

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“CLIMATE RESILIENCE : A Strategic Investment Approach for High-Priority Projects Could Help Target Federal Resources”

On December 11, 2019, Mr. Mark Gaffigan of GAO offered a testimony regarding climate resilience and federal investment strategies. Following are excerpts. “Planning for federal investments in climate resilience projects to limit fiscal exposure is no longer a hypothetical issue. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 provides one potential source of funding for climate…

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How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

The New York Times recently published an opinion essay by Eugene Linden titled How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong. The author described how climate scientists consistently underestimated the impacts of climate change. He cites reports of the National Academy of Sciences, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and United Nations. As a result of these…

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RNRF Congressional Forum: Can EPA Fulfill its Statutory Mandate?

On October 15, 2019, the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) conducted a congressional forum on the impacts of recent administrative and regulatory changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted the meeting on Capitol Hill. Speakers were Chris Zarba, formerly with EPA, and Gretchen…

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