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You Can Help Investigate the Link between Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

The power of citizen science has pushed the boundary on what climate science can tell us about our changing climate, including extreme events. If you have a computer, you can help us advance the science and make connections between climate change and extreme events. Please join me and thousands of others on this journey — become a citizen scientist today! Read More

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Virginia State of the Commonwealth: Powering Ahead with Renewable Energy

Tonight Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) gave his annual State of the Commonwealth address to the Virginia General Assembly. He outlined his agenda for Virginia and highlighted a number of important issues facing the Commonwealth. What did he say about energy, a topic that has far-reaching implications for Virginia? Read More

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New Jersey’s State of the State: What Gov. Christie Really Said about Climate and Energy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in his State of the State speech last night, said very little about energy and nothing about climate change. But it’s easy to see climate and energy all over his speech, if you just know where to look. Read More

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Climate Change Is Impacting West Virginia…but Will Our Students Learn about It?

UPDATE (Jan. 14, 2:40 p.m.): The West Virginia state school board has decided to reinstate the original language of the Next Gen science standards and repost the proposed standards for a 30-day public comment period.

Much has been written about last week’s kerfuffle involving the West Virginia State Board of Education and its decision to alter science standards relating to climate change. Ironically, as the state plans to weaken its science standards to blur what’s known about climate science, a West Virginia group is releasing a report today focusing on the impacts of climate change on the Mountain State. Read More

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Response to Nature’s “Speak up for science;” We Have to Do More

Nature just published a helpful piece from Virginia Gewin on how scientists can deal with people who criticize their work.

I liked the piece and I’m always happy to see scientific journals and scientific societies help researchers communicate. That said, I want to add a few other considerations to the discussion. Read More

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Carbon Pricing, Income Inequality, and Shakespeare: Highlights from the 2015 American Economic Association Meeting

While many of you were probably enjoying the last days of the holiday season, this past weekend I and thousands of my fellow economists made our way to Boston for the annual American Economic Association (AEA) meeting. Boring, you say? Not so quick! Among the many yawn-inducing sessions were some engaging, thought-provoking, even radical discussions. In no particular order, here are some themes that caught my attention. Read More

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California Governor Signals New Commitment to Renewable Energy: 50% Renewables by 2030

Yesterday Jerry Brown accepted the job of governor of California for a fourth term and made some exciting remarks about the state’s clean energy future. Read More

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Confronting the Elephant in the Room: Differentiation of Obligations in the Paris Climate Agreement

Coming into the Lima climate negotiations on December 1st, the US-China joint climate announcement, the European Union’s political agreement on its 2030 emissions reduction target, and the successful capitalization of the Green Climate Fund had all combined to create a sense of momentum and a positive mood.

But these developments had done little to resolve the sharp disagreements about which countries are responsible for taking which kinds of action on climate change, and these different perspectives on the issue of differentiation nearly derailed the final decision in Lima. As it was, the Lima decision on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was a disappointing, minimal outcome. If these conflicts over the issue of differentiation are not resolved, or at least significantly narrowed, they could threaten the prospects for agreement in Paris next December on a new, comprehensive post-2020 climate regime. Read More

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For Some, Climate Change Already Means Adapting or Saying Goodbye

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Nicole Hernández Hammer
Consultant, Union of Concerned Scientists

Florida

As the changing climate continues to transform the American landscape, we are beginning to realize the many ways in which our day-to-day lives and those of future generations will be different. Read More

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What Was the Top #ScienceFail for 2014?

Science isn’t easy. Scientific research is often difficult, tedious, and can take years to come to fruition. And it’s because it takes such dogged effort to reach solid scientific conclusions that we trust the work scientists do. Unfortunately, too many politicians and institutions reject or distort scientific conclusions they don’t like.

We all lose when political spin runs roughshod over evidence scientists have uncovered regarding risks to our health and well-being. Sadly, such incidents are now commonplace enough to have their own hashtag: #ScienceFail. Here are our nominations for the worst cases of #ScienceFail for 2014. Read More

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