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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...

The Washington Post: Group of states and the District draft pact to cut emissions from cars and trucks
December 24, 2019
A bipartisan group of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, and the District of Columbia, have released a draft plan to curb emissions from gasoline and diesel over the next decade and beyond. [...] [B]y using market...

The National Law Review: Transportation and Climate Initiative Issues Draft Cap-and-Investment MOU, Seeks Public Comment
December 23, 2019
Yesterday, the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), comprising 12 East-coast states and the District of Columbia, issued a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would lay the framework for a...

The New York Times Climate FWD: An electoral shift with climate consequences
November 6, 2019
Virginia Democrats made big gains in Tuesday’s election and the implications for climate change policy are potentially big, too. For the first time in more than two decades, Democrats will control both the House of...

The Roanoke Times: Climate change to be topic of next public science lecture in Roanoke
October 28, 2019
The founding director of the Georgetown Law’s climate center will talk about the effects climate change is having on Virginia during the Nov. 7 public lecture at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. Vicki...

E&E News: Trump expands attack on Calif. climate programs
October 24, 2019
The Trump administration yesterday broadened its campaign to neutralize California's political leadership on climate change, this time by taking aim at its global influence. EPA and the Department of Justice have...