Renewable Resources Report

Produced by Program Manager Stephen Yaeger

A Biden Administration’s Return to the Paris Agreement

November 7, 2020

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be leaving the Paris Agreement. In accordance with Article 28 of the agreement, member states cannot give notice of withdrawal until three years after the agreement’s start date in that country. On November 4, 2019, the earliest possible date, the administration submitted…

Preventing the Next Pandemic

October 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take lives and disrupt economies across the world, a new report warns that further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, and sets out ten recommendations to prevent future pandemics. The report, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic…

New Grand Jury Report Found Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Failed to Protect Public from Hydraulic Fracturing Hazards

September 21, 2020

A recently released Pennsylvania Grand Jury report lambasted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for failing to protect the public from health hazards tied to hydraulic fracturing. The Grand Jury found that regulators had failed to set and enforce rules to protect public health and instead deferred to the hydraulic fracturing industry’s assurances of safe…

New Climate Study Eliminates Possibility of Less Severe Global Warming Estimates

August 19, 2020

It is well-established that human-generated carbon dioxide emissions (e.g., burning fossil fuels and deforestation) are warming the planet. There has been uncertainty, however, as to how warm the planet will get. A recent analysis, conducted by 25 researchers from around the globe and sponsored by the World Climate Research Program, found that it is very…

New Marine Plastic Pollution Report

July 27, 2020

Pew and SYSTEMIQ, with the help of their thought partners University of Oxford, University of Leeds, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Common Seas, recently released a report titled “Breaking the Plastic Wave” that focuses on ways to prevent plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The report provides a global analysis of marine plastic pollution and…

RNRF Round Table: The Governance Challenge of Deep Seabed Mineral Mining

July 22, 2020

Conn Nugent, senior fellow at The Ocean Foundation, spoke at a virtual meeting of the RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy on July 22, 2020. His talk was titled, “Recent developments in rulemaking and rule enforcement that govern mining of the ocean floor beyond national jurisdictions.” Nugent previously served as the project director for…

Paris Agreement Updates

June 3, 2020

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…

My Written Testimony on Transportation Infrastructure and Climate Change

May 8, 2020

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…

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

April 24, 2020

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…

A decade after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, offshore drilling is still unsafe

April 10, 2020

Ten years ago, on April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 crew members and starting the largest ocean oil spill in history. Over the next three months, between 4 million and 5 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.