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Detroit environmental abuse: a cities left in ruins - socially, economically, and environmentally

Detroit was Killed by Decades of Environmental Abuse

The findings in this post-mortem of Detroit suggest that the city was killed by environmental abuse compounded by the failure to adapt to a changing economic landscape. Understanding the fall of Michigan’s largest city has important implications for cities across America and around the world. With a population of more than 700,000 people, Detroit is now the largest U.S. municipality…

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“Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market in 2013,” HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, Climate Bond Initiative

Study Shows Growth in Climate-Themed Bonds

Some $346 billion of climate-themed bonds are outstanding in global markets, nearly double that of one year ago, according to an HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence-Climate Bond Initiative’s 2013 study. Growth is expected to continue against a backdrop of stronger government policies and actions — including President Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan and a possible 2015 international climate change accord, a long with growing investor activism for socially responsible investment..

The energy water nexus in Europe: Tinsley Cooling Towers, Sheffield, England

The EU: Climate Change Threats at the Water-Energy Nexus

Climate change poses a growing threat across European Union society – at the nexus of water and energy resource availability and use in particular. Warming water temperatures and reduced river flows will make thermal coal and nuclear, as well as hydro power, plants vulnerable to rising costs, reduced availability and decreasing output, according to long-term study published by the International…

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Making Good on Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan, Part 3

This is the third of a three-part series on energy, environment and US law in light of the launch of President Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan. Here in Part 3, we conclude our discussion regarding US climate change legislation with Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Practice Leader for Ballard Spahr’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative, and move on to discuss…

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Making Good on Obama’s National Climate Change Action Plan

Bypassing Congress in a bid to set the US firmly on course in developing a low-carbon society and green economy, President Obama on June 25 launched his administration’s National Climate Change Action Plan, a more comprehensive and fully realized version of a climate change strategy that builds on and adds momentum to long-fought-over and hard-won legal and legislative efforts that…

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President Turns Up the Heat On US Carbon Pollution, Revealing Details of National Climate Change Action Plan

President Obama once again raised the bitterly, politically divise issues of US fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change to the forefront of the national political agenda today, revealing new aspects of his administration’s national climate change action plan during a speech given at Georgetown University. The president characterized US efforts “to lead the global fight against carbon…

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Are Hawaii's fishermen the scapegoats over environmental problems of which they have no control?

Hawaii’s Fishermen: Scapegoats for Forces Outside their Control

Land use practices and development, along with climate change and other agents, are taking a toll on fisheries in Hawaii and across the Western Pacific, highlighting an increasingly pressing need for policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders to collaborate in crafting holistic, integrated marine resource management and climate change adaptation strategies, local fishermen said at a meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.