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Solar panels getting installed on the Government House.
Photo credit: Solar Head of State

Little Island Takes Big Solar Step

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Saint Lucia, a small Caribbean island, has taken steps to turn some of its famous sunshine into clean electricity. The island currently depends on diesel generators for power, but made a commitment last year to generate 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Read more >

Photo credit: Solar Head of State
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Washington’s Initiative 732: Important Lessons for Supporters of Carbon Pricing

, Western states policy manager

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a strong supporter of pricing the heat-trapping emissions causing climate change, and we have a history of advocating for a price on carbon in Washington State. Yet UCS has decided to take no position on a ballot measure this November that would establish a carbon tax in Washington, Initiative 732. It was a tough decision for our organization and we wanted to share our thinking about this issue with our members. Read more >

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The Clean Power Plan Goes to Court: A Crucial Moment in Our Fight against Climate Change

, lead economist and climate policy manager

History won’t look back kindly on those who are standing in the way of progress. It’s clear that clean energy is already delivering economic and public health benefits and the need to act on climate is urgent. Read more >

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Protecting and increasing soil carbon and soil health in agricultural soils is critical for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Photo: USDA-NRCS

Soil Carbon Can’t Fix Climate Change By Itself—But It Needs to Be Part of the Solution

, agroecologist

A rigorous study just published in the prestigious journal Science argues that soil alone cannot be can be counted on to save us from climate change. Yet the stark analysis does not undermine the importance of better understanding, protecting, and building carbon in soils (“carbon farming”). In fact, the findings reinforce the need for soil carbon science and action to remain priorities, especially when it comes to agriculture. Read more >

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Building on Success: Governor Signs UCS-Sponsored Water-Energy Bill

, climate scientist

Over the weekend, California Governor Brown signed a bill authored by Senator Fran Pavley and sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), creating a voluntary Water-Energy Nexus Registry. The Climate Registry provides this guest blog, explaining how the bill builds on The Climate Registry’s efforts to develop consistent benchmarks to track the relationship among water, energy, and greenhouse gases. This type of information is needed for the water sector to become part of the climate solution, according to a recent UCS report: Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector. Read more >

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