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The Hill: Imperiled cities, mounting costs: Facing the big climate risk blindspot
March 29, 2021
"Cities and other public entities are particularly vulnerable because — unlike private companies — they are geographically fixed; they cannot simply move to avoid exposure to climate impacts. They have multiple...

Energy News Network: Virginia looks to gain ground in states’ slow race on electric vehicle policy
March 16, 2021
By putting the squeeze on tailpipe emissions, Virginia is prepping to merge into an electric-vehicle fast lane dominated by California, New York, Maryland and other green pacesetters. Conservationists, health advocates...

The Hill: More states follow California's lead on vehicle emissions standards
February 28, 2021
An increasing number of states are looking to follow the precedent set by California and adopt stricter vehicle emissions standards as the Biden administration appears poised to green light those efforts. The Virginia...

Georgetown Law’s Climate Center Seizes Moment to Push Clean Energy Policy
December 17, 2020
Professor from Practice Vicki Arroyo, who leads the acclaimed Georgetown Climate Center, is playing a leading role. In a major report, she and a pair of former students who now work as attorneys at the Center —...

Engineering News-Record: Shoring up for rising sea levels
December 16, 2020
From atop the gantries being used to erect the Rodanthe Bridge in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound, a worker can look across the sands of windswept Hatteras Island and see Atlantic Ocean waves pounding the shoreline next...

Nature: Can Joe Biden make good on his revolutionary climate agenda?
November 25, 2020
When Joe Biden won the US presidency earlier this month, it seemed like a huge opportunity to restore the country’s position as a leader in the fight against climate change. But whether he’ll be able to deliver on...

E&E News: States fought Trump on climate. Will they coast under Biden?
November 23, 2020
Liberal states have spent the last four years preparing climate plans to counteract President Trump's rollback of environmental regulations. Now Joe Biden's climate agenda may rely on the states following through. The...

E&E News: How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court
November 17, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a federal court system brimming with more than 200 Trump-appointed judges. The incoming...

Bloomberg: The 41 things Biden should do first on climate change
November 11, 2020
Joe Biden’s victory gives the people who dream up big climate ideas something they haven’t experienced in years: an opportunity to wield power in U.S. and shape the future of the world’s second-biggest source of...

Driving Change: In some places the best response to climate change is managed retreat
November 2, 2020
[N]ew private-public initiatives, funds, and partnerships to lift and move entire communities inland have taken root; experts involved in these so-called ‘strategic relocation’ and ‘transformational...

The Hill: UN-linked plan charts US course to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
October 27, 2020
A United Nations-linked initiative is offering what it bills as a possible road map for the U.S. to tackle climate change under a potential new administration. The Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP), crafted by roughly 100...

E&E News and Scientific American: Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Resisted Climate Science, but Other Judges Have Embraced It
October 16, 2020
There shouldn’t be any dispute within the judiciary on the question of human-caused warming after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark climate case Massachusetts v. EPA, said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of...

The Hill: Environmentalists sound alarm over Barrett's climate change comments
October 15, 2020
Vicki Arroyo, director of the Georgetown Climate Center, who like Barrett is from southern Louisiana, said lived experience alone should make it easy to answer questions on climate change without getting into specifics...

U.S. News: How cities can fight inequality and climate change at once
August 25, 2020
"It is no surprise, then, that our greatest existential challenge – climate change – also reflects racial disparities and the widening gulf between rich and poor. Climate change does not affect all people equally:...

The New York Times: Hurricane, fire, COVID-19: Disasters expose the hard reality of climate change
August 4, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has further exposed flaws in the nation’s defenses, including weak construction standards in vulnerable areas, underfunded government agencies, and racial and income disparities that put some...

The Star-Ledger: BP America: N.J. lawmakers can lead the way to a cleaner climate
March 7, 2020
"The states have long been pioneers of progress in America, running experiments that help us discover solutions to our toughest challenges. Today, New Jersey has a chance to tackle the defining issue of our time: climate...

SmartCitiesDive: Transportation & Climate Initiative sees 'overwhelming support' of cap-and-invest plan
March 2, 2020
From mid-December through February, members of the public were asked to submit comments of support or opposition regarding a draft policy from the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). More than 8,300 comments...

The Harvard Crimson: Georgetown’s Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels Has Uncertain Implications for Harvard, Experts Say
February 18, 2020
Though Georgetown University’s administration pledged on Feb. 6 to divest from the fossil fuel industry, legal and environmental experts say the decision provides little insight into the decision-making of Harvard’s...

The New York Times Climate FWD: One Thing You Can Do: Make Smart Donations
January 29, 2020
Last summer, when we discussed how to make your climate change donations count, our reporting suggested that one of the most effective strategies is donating to political campaigns. But what if you’re not into...

InsideClimate News: States Vowed to Uphold America’s Climate Pledge. Are They Succeeding?
December 24, 2019
"Building on the success of RGGI, a dozen northeastern states hope to finalize plans in early 2020 to launch a Transportation Climate Initiative, tackling their now-largest source of carbon emissions—cars and...