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Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon National Historical park, New Mexico. Photo: Adam Markham.

Chaco Canyon at Risk: Interior Nominee Bernhardt Wants to Drill on Lands Sacred to Tribes

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

What’s happening under Bernhardt’s watch in northwestern New Mexico illustrates in microcosm why he is perhaps the worst possible choice for the job as top steward of our public lands. Read more >

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The USS Ashland, followed by the USS Green Bay, prepare for replenishment with the USS Wasp, not shown, in the Philippine Sea, Jan. 21, 2019. Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

10 Things the Department of Defense Needs to Include in Their New Climate Change Report

, Climate Resilience Analyst

After a dearth of action on climate change and a record year of extreme events in 2017, the inclusion of climate change policies within the annual legislation Congress considers to outline its defense spending priorities (the National Defense Authorization Act) for fiscal year 2018 was welcome progress. House and Senate leaders pushed to include language that mandated that the Department of Defense (DoD) incorporate climate change in their facility planning (see more on what this section of the bill does here and here) as well as issue a report on the impacts of climate change on military installations. Unfortunately, what DoD produced fell far short of what was mandated.

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US Global Warming Emissions under President Trump: 3 Striking Findings from New EPA Report

, senior policy and legal analyst, Clean Vehicles

The EPA just released its latest annual report on US greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition is notable because it includes information for the first time about global warming emissions that have occurred during the President Trump era. To spare you the trouble of digging through all 667 pages of the full report, here are a few key findings that run the gamut from good to bad to downright ugly. Read more >

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Climate Change and Groundwater: Incorporating Climate Realities and Uncertainties into California’s Groundwater Planning

, Senior Climate Scientist

Climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we manage water in the Western U.S. The recent Fourth California Climate Change Assessment lays out the many pressures facing water managers in California in detail. Luckily, the science available to us today creates opportunities for water managers and others to plan for changing climatic conditions. Read more >

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What to Watch for in Michigan’s State of the State Speech

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Next Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address as Michigan’s chief executive officer. It is a key opportunity for her to address climate change, infrastructure needs, and clean energy and water—all priorities Governor Whitmer emphasized during last year’s campaign.

Here’s what to look for.

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