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This is the extent of flooding from Hurricane Sandy in Cape May, NJ (left) vs. the area that would flood twice monthly by 2100 due to sea level rise (right)

This Is Your Planet on Sea Level Rise. Any Questions?

, climate scientist

There are moments when your own data stops you dead in your tracks. I had one of those moments a few months ago. Read more >

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Voting Technology Needs an Upgrade: Here’s What Congress Can Do

, Kendall Science Fellow

Voting systems throughout the United States are vulnerable to corruption in a variety of ways, and the federal government has an obligation to protect the integrity of the electoral process. At a recent meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Voting, the Department of Homeland Security’s Robert Kolasky put it bluntly: “It’s not a fair fight to pit Orange County (California) against the Russians.” Read more >

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Economically and environmentally, it would be far better for the future of the planet to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and provide more incentives for clean energy. Photo: Union of Concerned Scientists

Memo to EPA Chief Pruitt: End Subsidies for Fossil Fuels, Not Renewables

, senior writer

Fossil fuels have been feasting at the government trough for at least 100 years. Renewables have received support only since the mid-1990s and, until recently, have had to subsist on scraps. Read more >

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Molecular biologist Z. Lewis Liu (foreground) and technician Scott Weber add a new yeast strain to a corncob mix to test the yeast’s effectiveness in fermenting ethanol from plant sugars. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Pruitt Steps Up His Attack on Biofuel Policies

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

In late September, the EPA Administrator Pruitt stunned the biofuels world by releasing a rulemaking document (called a Notice of Data Availability or NODA) suggesting he planned to cut more deeply into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2018 targets for advanced biofuels and biodiesel than had been previously indicated.  Read more >

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Boston Traffic. Photo: Sarah Nichols CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation

, policy analyst

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has helped lead the nation towards clean and renewable sources of electricity.

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts established the strongest legally binding limits on global warming pollution in the country. Massachusetts leadership helped establish the first regional limits on pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We have the most efficient economy in the country, saving consumers millions on our energy bills. We have abolished the use of coal, we have created over 100,000 clean energy jobs, and last year Massachusetts made an investment in offshore wind that will make us a national leader in that technology.

But most of the progress that we have made is in the electricity sector. When it comes to transportation, we have tried but struggled to make overall progress.

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