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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...

National Climate Assessment Report Released
January 14, 2013
On January 11, 2013, the National Climate Assessment Draft Advisory Committee (NCADAC) released a draft of the third National Climate Assessment Report.  The report reinforces previous assessments that our...

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Signs Executive Order to Help State Prepare for Climate Change and Extreme Weather
January 2, 2013
On Dec. 28, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the "Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order" to increase Maryland’s long term resiliency to flooding and sea-level...

Floodplain Regulation: Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing for Climate Changes (Webinar)
December 13, 2012
The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted an important webinar about how communities can become more resilient to extreme weather and prepare for climate change through floodplain regulations. The Dec. 6 webinar...

What Actions Can Obama—And Congress— Take on Climate Change During the Next Four Years?
December 4, 2012

Sea-Level Rise and Property Rights
December 2, 2012
Peter Byrne, faculty director of the Georgetown Climate Center, dives into some of the land use, takings, and regulatory challenges facing local governments in the wake of rising sea levels in a new law review...

California Launches Cap-and-Trade Market to Cut Carbon Pollution
November 16, 2012
California held the first auction for its cap-and-trade market on Wednesday, November 14, selling allowances under a cap in order to reduce the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.  The state will release...

Huffington Post: Preparing for Future Disasters in the Wake of Sandy
November 15, 2012
In the wake of super storm Sandy and last week's national election, there is a growing call for elected leaders and policy makers to once again more aggressively prepare for and mitigate climate changes. This week, the Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo added to that important drumbeat, calling on a newly re-elected President Obama to take actions in his second term to help us prepare for extreme storms and other climate change impacts.

Vicki Arroyo's Pop Tech Talk: Lessons Learned from Extreme Storms
October 31, 2012
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, attention is rightly focused on helping the families affected by the storm and repairing the damage it caused.  The storm is one of the largest and most damaging to ever hit the...