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Leading Scientists Urge California Lawmakers to Act on Climate Change This Year

, Western states policy manager

There are just eight working days left in the 2016 legislative session, and the biggest question in the state Capitol is whether lawmakers will vote to extend California’s successful programs to fight climate change. Read more >

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Photo: Iowa State University/Lisa Schulte Moore
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How US Farm Subsidies Make Taxpayers Pay Twice (And How We Could Change That)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Usually, when you buy something, you pay for it just once. But if you’re a US taxpayer, you’re paying twice for the food system you’re “buying” with your hard-earned tax dollars. An example: today’s massive federal farm subsidies encourage farming practices that lead to toxic algae blooms, drinking water pollution, and other costly problems we have to pay for again downstream. By contrast, modest investment in just one proven alternative farming system would achieve annual savings—in the form of water pollution averted—of $850 million. Read more >

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Says No to Overreliance on Natural Gas

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A ruling today from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is another great step toward cutting electricity ratepayers’ risks of natural gas overreliance. For a state with a heavy dependence on natural gas for power generation, it’s been a great summer. Read more >

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Climate Change and the Future of Oregon Forests

Dr. Robert Scheller , UCS

Projected changes to the climate over the coming centuries will radically restructure many of our forests throughout the world. What will we do about it? Read more >

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Big Breakthrough for Big Rigs: The EPA’s New Fuel Economy Rule for Trucks

, president

Every day, Americans rely on trucks. Thanks to a new rule from the EPA, those trucks are about to become a lot cleaner. Read more >

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