Category Archives: Climate Change Mitigation

Hellish Hurricanes Part One: Just the Facts on Florence, Please

Have hurricanes like Florence, Maria, and Harvey become deadlier and more destructive because of human-caused changes in Earth’s climate system? by Anne Polansky Sr. Climate Policy Analyst From September 14-18, 2018 Hurricane Florence dumped more than 19 trillion gallons of … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of Climate Change Impacts: How Many Puerto Rican Lives Did Hurricane Maria Take?

We Don’t Know for Sure, and the Death Toll is Still Climbing by Anne Polansky Sr. Climate Policy Analyst The 2018 hurricane season is now upon us, even while millions of people residing in hurricane alley – the large swath … Continue reading

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As Fossil Fuels Melt the Planet, Could Climate Change Cause a Nuclear Meltdown?

by Anne Polansky Sr. Climate Policy Analyst Nearly three dozen nuclear power plants are inadequately protected against major flooding guaranteed to occur after an upstream dam failure – flooding that could easily lead to an accident or meltdown on the … Continue reading

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U.S. Fails to Submit Reports on 1 January as Required Under U.N. Climate Treaty

The U.S. has failed to submit by 1 January a major report required under U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Most countries have submitted their reports, while there is no publicly available information on the status of the 7th U.S. Climate Action Report and 3rd Biennial Report. Under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, drafts were made available for public review and comment. And the last reports were submitted under President Obama before the January 1, 2014 deadline. Continue reading

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Charter Set to Expire for Interagency Subcommittee Overseeing Federal Climate Research

By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow The charter of the subcommittee that oversees the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is set to expire tomorrow, October 21, 2017. This speaks volumes about the Trump Administration’s attitudes toward science generally – … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Department of Interior Official Joel Clement Resigns

[F]or … three compelling reasons – poor leadership, waste, and your failures on climate change,” a senior Department of Interior Official, Joel Clement, submitted his resignation on October 4 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. In his resignation letter, Clement said the administration is “shackled to special interests” and “unwilling to lead on climate change.” Just two weeks earlier, Clement had received the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. Continue reading

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Exxon Mobil Has Been Silent About Climate Change Risks to Its Operations: Will Hurricane Harvey Change That?

ExxonMobil, which refuses to acknowledge risks associated with climate change impacts, owns two large refineries in Texas that are poorly prepared for sea level rise, storm surges, extreme flooding, and so on, and now Hurricane Harvey has caused damage to oil facilities and interrupted operations for weeks. Will ExxonMobil now begin to disclose these climate-related risks to shareholders? Continue reading

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Administration Delays Publication of Climate Science Special Report

Report identifies rising risks posed by hurricanes as planet warms By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow The Climate Change Special Report, arguably the most important report produced by the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) under the Trump Administration, … Continue reading

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EPA Administrator Misleadingly Criticized Draft Climate Science Special Report; EPA then Cleared Report for Final Release

By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow “Frankly this report ought to be subjected to peer-reviewed, objective-reviewed methodology and evaluation,” said Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, when asked about the leaked draft of a Federal Climate Science Special … Continue reading

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Federal Climate Science Special Report Leaked: Clearance Process Raises Concerns Over Upcoming Climate Assessment Report

Troubled and opaque Administration review process is a harbinger of problems for the Fourth National Climate Assessment By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow A final draft of a key federal report on the science behind climate change has been leaked … Continue reading

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