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Maryland Finalizes Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 25 Percent by 2020
July 26, 2013
At the Maryland Climate Summit, Gov. Martin O'Malley laid out Maryland's aggressive new plan to reduce carbon pollution. The plan calls for an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by...

NYC Building Resiliency Task Force Releases Recommendations
July 2, 2013
The New York City Building Resiliency Task Force recently released its recommendations to improve the resiliency of the City’s commercial buildings, hospitals, multifamily residences, and smaller homes. The...

Mayor Bloomberg Introduces Comprehensive Resilience Plan for NYC
July 2, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently introduced a comprehensive plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York, to protect the city from coastal storms like Hurricane Sandy that are expected to increase in...

President Obama Unveils Climate Plan at Georgetown
June 25, 2013
President Barack Obama announced his new plan to combat climate change today at Georgetown University. The effort seeks to maximize steps the Administration can take to prepare for and slow down climate change without...

Polling Released Today by the Georgetown Climate Center Shows Strong Support from Republicans and Democrats for EPA Action
June 24, 2013
87 Percent of Americans – Including 78 Percent of Republicans -- Support Action With President Barack Obama scheduled to outline his plans for combating climate change tomorrow, the Georgetown Climate Center...

Bills Attempting to Roll Back Biggert-Waters National Flood Insurance Program Reforms
June 17, 2013
Several bills have been introduced in the 113th Congress to roll back the insurance subsidy reforms that were included in the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.1 Biggert Waters reformed the...

New Jersey Experts on the Need to Prepare for Climate Change
June 12, 2013
The below videos were recorded in May 2013 as the State of New Jersey recovered from Hurricane Sandy.   NJ Climate Scientist Anthony Broccoli Discusses the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Anthony Broccoli, a...

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)
May 24, 2013
Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through...

Legislative Study Urges Virginia to Launch Coordinated Planning to Avoid Catastrophic Flooding
April 30, 2013
A new study calls on the State of Virginia and coastal localities to launch a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to avoid catastrophic flooding related to sea-level rise. The report predicts that...

New FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps Double Number of Structures in Flood Zones for Parts of New York City
April 30, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps for parts of New York City that double the number of structures located in flood zones.  The maps include...