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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...

California and Quebec Agree to Link Programs that Cap Carbon Pollution
April 21, 2013
On April 19, 2013, The California Air Resources Board (ARB) voted 5-0 to approve a plan to link its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program with the province of Quebec’s emissions trading system beginning January 1,...

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped 1.6 Percent in 2011
April 17, 2013
U.S. carbon pollution dropped slightly in 2011, according to an annual Environmental Protection Agency report released on April 15, 2013. The report, entitled Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, tracks...

Preparing for Climate Changes with Living Shorelines (Webinar)
April 5, 2013
Georgetown Climate Center staff and state experts from Maryland and Alabama recently discussed important opportunities states can pursue to expedite the adoption of living shorelines and better prepare their communities...

President Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence
March 17, 2013
In his 2013 State of the Union address and again in a major speech at Argonne National Laboratory on March 15, 2013, President Obama proposed the creation of a new Energy Security Trust Fund, using a portion of...

RGGI Auction Price Rises 45 Percent in First Auction Since Strengthening Its Cap on Carbon Pollution
March 15, 2013
In its first auction since tightening its cap on carbon pollution, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) raised a total of $105.9 million for nine participating states to reinvest in projects such as energy...

RGGI States Propose Lowering Regional CO2 Emissions Cap by 45 Percent
February 8, 2013
On February 7, 2013, the nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced they are proposing to lower the regional power plant CO2 emissions cap by 45...

Boston Harbor Association Releases Sea-level Rise Report, Mayor Responds with Policy Initiatives
February 6, 2013
In a new report, Preparing for the Rising Tide, the Boston Harbor Association finds that before 2100, nearly six percent of the city will be flooded twice daily at high tide. The report’s figures are based on an...

California Trial Court Upholds CARB Authority to Use Offsets in Cap-and-Trade Program
January 27, 2013
On January 25, 2013, a California Superior Court issued a ruling allowing the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to use carbon offset projects as a compliance tool under the state’s economy-wide greenhouse gas...