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Dangerous Heat Wave to Grip the US: Top 10 Lessons to Survive Extreme Heat

, senior climate scientist

The US National Weather Service heat index forecast for June 18, 2016 looks scary.  It indicates a dangerous situation that everyone who lives in the red areas in the map below should take steps to prepare for. I am not kidding. Extreme heat can be life threatening if not taken seriously. Read more >

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When Animals Cause Blackouts: Squirrels, Raccoons, and the Fragility of Our Power System

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Animals and our electricity interact a lot more than you may realize. Our little furry friends may just be telling us that there are better ways to do things, including in the power sector. Read more >

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How Congress Just Improved Transparency: FOIA Reform

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. But this year, it’s extra special. This July 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom of Information Act, also known as FOIA. The bedrock transparency law essentially allows citizens to know what their government is up to. This year, we will have even more reason to celebrate. Read more >

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Solar Power Plants are the Future of Texas Power. Every Time.

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Something unprecedented just happened on the renewable energy front in Texas that is likely to reverberate in energy markets across the country. Read more >

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Map of the US highlighting the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico and the watershed that feeds it. Photo: NOAA

There’s Nothing Average About This Year’s Dead Zone Forecast

, Kendall Science Fellow

Yesterday, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual forecast for the size of the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of coastal water where low oxygen is lethal to marine life. They say we should expect an “average year.” That doesn’t sound so bad, but as we wrote last year, the dead zone average is approximately 6,000 square miles, or the size of the state of Connecticut. Average is not normal. Read more >

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