Planning Failures: The Costly Risks of Ignoring Climate Change

From California to the Atlantic Ocean, New Mexico to the Great Plains, many current policies are failing to account for the growing impacts of climate change.


View of Oroville Dam's main spillway (center) and emergency spillway (top), February 11, 2017. The large gully to the right of the main spillway was caused by water flowing through its damaged concrete surface, resulting from heavy rainfall. Photo: California Department of Water Resources.

Infrastructure Spending Is Coming. Climate Change Tells Us to Spend Wisely

, Western states senior climate analyst

The news of new federal infrastructure proposals landed in a timely fashion with this year’s Infrastructure Week. For years now, the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the U.S.’s infrastructure at near failing (D+) .Conversations in Washington, D.C. and across the country over the coming weeks and months are sure to focus on which projects to build. But we first need to ask for which future are we building? radically shaped by climate change? Read more >

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Photo: US Department of Agriculture/CC BY (Flickr)

Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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The Conspicuous Absence of Climate Change in New Mexico’s State Water Planning

, senior climate scientist

One might expect a state like New Mexico, where water is such a precious resource, to pay close attention to climate projections and to plan carefully for its future water security. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case. Read more >

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Why the Loss of Grasslands Is a Troubling Trend for Agriculture, in 11 Maps and Graphs

, Kendall Science Fellow

Grasslands provide substantial climate benefits. Shouldn’t we be protecting them? The obvious answer is yes, but a few maps and graphs illustrate what is really happening. Read more >

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Utility Chooses Wrong: Save Energy vs. Burn Fuel

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

When it’s hot, it’s hot. Do our plans for increasingly hot summers make sense, or are we going backwards on our energy policies? Read more >

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