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Protestors at the U.S. COP23 side event promoting clean coal

U.S. Delegation Offers Up Clean Coal Side Event at COP23

Back in 2015 at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, the U.S. delegation presented numerous side events in the Blue Zone, from EPA, NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy and more. The United States clearly embraced its role as a world leader at a historic global inflection point. Fast forward two years, to the end of President Donald Trump’s first year…

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The delusion of isolation

Climate Refugees, the Paris Agreement, and the Delusion of Isolation

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic Be it from social unrest, economic upheaval, or environmental collapse, forced human migration is at unprecedented levels. According to the UNHCR, there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today. Of those, more than 22 million are forced refugees. Over half are under 18 years old. Nearly 20…

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We are better than the Trump Environment Fail

Trump May Not Care About the Environment – But We Do

When the Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal budget proposal included 40 percent of funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few were surprised. The president doesn’t seem to understand what is at stake with such cuts. If passed, Trump’s proposed budget will impose significant funding cuts from enforcement programs that impose penalties on environmental offenders. With reports of polluted water…

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The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a…

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A Sense of Urgency Ahead of Cop15?

I am currently in the Maryland countryside, participating in a Transatlantic Media Dialog hosted by the German Embassy and the Ecologic Institute. The mission of the event is, in part, to serve as a followup to the efforts the German foreign ministry has made in recent months to create a better understanding of German energy and climate policy, including the…

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wants to Put Climate Science on Trial

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to conduct a show trial it calls the “Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century.” Others take the analogy further back to the witch trials of Salem in the 17th century.

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change: “We Can’t Rewrite the Last Eight Years”

Todd Stern speaks to ThinkProgress about making up for lost time in forging climate policy and meeting an international agenda to sign a treaty to offset the most catastrophic consequences of climate change.