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Washington Moves to Reduce Carbon: A First Step but More Work Remains

, Western states senior climate analyst

Eastern Washington was ablaze with wildfires this August as Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency for twenty counties. And the 2015 fire season was the state’s worst on record. Many factors can increase wildfire risk, and the state of Washington and external experts acknowledge that hotter, drier conditions due to climate change is one of them. It’s against this burnt landscape that the Department of Ecology (or Ecology) released its final Clean Air Rule last month to cap and reduce Washington’s carbon pollution. Read more >

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How Should Oil Companies Adapt to a Carbon Constrained World?

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Last week my colleagues released a report on the failure of major fossil fuel companies to make a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy, or to plan adequately for a world free of carbon pollution as laid out in the international climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015.  Today I want to focus on oil companies, and consider how they should change the way they extract oil and use it to produce gasoline, diesel, and other fuels and products. Read more >

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A Honduran farmer digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting.
A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting. Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 - Flickr

Making Agriculture “Climate-Smart” in Latin America and the Caribbean

Sharon Gourdji , UCS

I recently returned to the United States from Cali, Colombia where I worked for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (or CIAT, its Spanish-language abbreviation) for a couple years. CIAT is part of a global network of 15 agricultural research centers in the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), which have traditionally focused on crop breeding to raise yields of staple crops around the world.  Read more >

Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Flickr
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Empty water hole caused by drought.
Empty water holes caused by the drought on Walnut Creek Ranch in CA in 2014. Photo: Cynthia Mendoza, USDA/CC BY 2.0-Flickr

Preparing for Severe Climate Events: a Q+A with Drought Experts

, Kendall Science Fellow

In the most recent days and weeks when stories of floods and hurricanes have dominated the news, it might be easy to miss that 44% of the country is experiencing drought conditions. I am not a meteorologist—just an agricultural scientist obsessed with the weather—so I often wonder what happens in the weather room when there is a severe event, like a hurricane or tornado. Is it total chaos? Flashing lights and buzzing alarms? What about severe climate events that last longer than a few hours, such as drought? Read more >

Photo: Cynthia Mendoza, USDA/CC-BY-2.0, Flickr
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Photo: el_vaquero CC-BY (Flickr)

A Banner Year for California Climate Laws: Important Lessons and Landmark Progress in 2016

, director, California & Western States

California has just had the biggest year for climate action in a decade. Read more >

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