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Why I Have the January Blues

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

I will be very happy when the month of January is over. The blizzard that now is paralyzing the Washington, D.C. seems an apt metaphor for what is happening on Capitol Hill. In Washington, a blizzard of bad ideas threatens to cripple our generations-old bipartisan framework of laws enacted to keep American families and our environment safe. Read more >

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The Climate Summit: Hope for a Deal in Paris and Shame on Would-Be Saboteurs at Home

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Thousands of empty shoes lined the Place de la Republique in Paris on Sunday, left by those who would have marched for climate action, but for the terrible attacks earlier in the month. Amidst a bruised city’s new security constraints, and amidst a season of wrenching violence worldwide, people find ways to kindle hope and determination. And this week, the fragile hopes of many rest on the climate summit in Paris.

It has been stunning to watch, at the same time, some here in the U.S. gear up to kill any deal our delegation would bring home. Playing politics-as-usual with the future. I don’t know if they could succeed, I don’t know if they can be stopped, but I know they should be ashamed. Read more >

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5 Steps to Understanding Our New Study on the Need for More Public Funds for Agroecology

, agroecologist

In a new study, my colleagues Liz Carlisle and Albie Miles and I took on the challenge of finding the answer to a (surprisingly) unanswered question: how much federal money is invested for agroecology research? You can get the technical details in the journal article (or an overview in our fact sheet and website), but here I’d like to walk you through some other pieces of the story: what inspired this project, why we did what we did, how our results should (and shouldn’t!) be interpreted, and what we hope comes next. Read more >

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Preparing for Sea Level Rise: This Is What Bipartisan Leadership Looks Like

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

I spent this weekend with a bipartisan group of 40 elected officials from coastal communities around the country. There were 19 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and a handful of independents in the room, apparently, but people’s politics were all but invisible. On display was leadership in the face of a very big challenge. Read more >

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Exxon’s Early Knowledge of Climate Risks, Their Long Campaign of Climate Deception and Why It Matters

, director of science & policy

Internal Exxon memos recently brought to light through meticulous investigative reporting by Inside Climate News (ICN) show that senior company executives knew by 1978 that emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels posed significant risks of disrupting the climate. Read more >

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