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Thawing Permafrost: Why It Matters

, senior climate scientist

In these recent hot summer days, as my colleague Xinnan Zhu was walking outside exposed to the outdoor temperature of nearly 100°F, she felt like she was going to melt like an ice cube under the sun. Read more >

Photo by Xinnan Zhu
International Permafrost Association, 1998. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0.
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu in July, 2016.
NASA GISS data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
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Carbon Capture, Water, and the U.S.-China Climate Agreement

, , senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The just-announced U.S.-China climate agreement is reason to celebrate—it’s a, as UCS’s Ken Kimmell puts it, “truly historic agreement” and “a welcome breakthrough.” For those with an interest in energy-water connections and collisions, the agreement commits both countries to a project focused on reducing the negative water implications of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Here’s why we’re even talking about water around CCS, and what this accord says about that the issue. Read more >

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Water, Climate, and You: the 2014 National Climate Assessment

, , senior climate scientist

Today we expect to have water flowing at our kitchen sink and our food supplied by farms with sufficient water. The 2014 National Climate Assessment, released today, points to opportunities and challenges with the U.S. water resource infrastructure. Read more >

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Finding Glimmers of Hope on Capitol Hill

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

The holidays are always a good time to take stock of the year, and to be grateful for the good things that happened. Although the media has labeled this the “do nothing” Congress, the news wasn’t all bad. Read more >

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As Obama Administration Folds on Emergency Contraception, A Full Timeline of Events

, program manager, Center for Science & Democracy

The Obama administration yesterday dropped its appeal of a judge’s order to follow the science and allow consumers full over the counter access to the emergency contraception known as Plan B. I never thought I’ve be invoking Kenny Rogers in a blog post, but somehow it now seems to fit: you gotta know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em.The Obama administration should have folded long ago; for reasons unknown, it chose to stay in the game. In the process, it earned a serious black eye. Read more >

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