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East African Locust Crisis Shows how Climate Change Threatens Food Security

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Huge swarms of desert locusts are advancing across the Horn of Africa, threatening crops that millions of people depend on for food. UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu has called this “a situation of international dimensions that threatens the food security of the entire subregion.” The unprecedented scale of this infestation has been fueled by climate change, which has contributed to ocean conditions favorable for the unusually high number of cyclones (8 in 2019) and extreme rainfall in the region, creating ideal breeding conditions for locusts. Read more >

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Three Reasons Investors Should Give ExxonMobil’s 2020 Climate Report the Thumbs-Down

, climate accountability campaign director

Yesterday, ExxonMobil quietly published its 2020 Energy & Carbon Summary, the company’s latest report in response to rising shareholder demands for improved climate risk disclosure. While the report came without fanfare, you can bet that ExxonMobil will be hammering away at these talking points in the lead-up to its annual general meeting in late May. My hot-take: investors should not be duped by this slick, self-serving attempt by the oil and gas giant to claim that it’s doing its part to address climate change. Here are three reasons why. Read more >

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A Small Provision in the FY20 Spending Package Deserves a Much Bigger Discussion

, Solar Geoengineering Research, Governance and Public Engagement Fellow

The appropriations process is what Congress uses to make decisions about how the federal government will spend discretionary funds – funds that aren’t already designated to mandatory spending. The spending package that passed both chambers of Congress and was signed by the president in December 2019 accounts for $1.4 trillion in spending, from national defense to housing to climate science. Within that almost incomprehensible amount, there was a small, yet important $4 million earmark that merits scrutiny: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was given this money specifically to conduct solar geoengineering research, the first time in the United States that Congress has allocated money to a federal agency to do so. Read more >

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Will Climate Change Impact My Retirement? CalPERS, CalSTRS Reports Shed Some Light

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

Adrienne Alvord contributed to this report

Imagine that you had $650 billion. After you Scrooge McDuck into a swimming pool of gold coins, you’ll probably want to put some of that money into the stock market. But with the ongoing climate crisis, you’ll need to think carefully about what climate-related financial risks your investments might face. Read more >

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It’s “State of the State” Season: Time to Check in on Midwest Governors’ Climate and Clean Energy Progress

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are both scheduled to give their State of the State addresses on January 29th.

As this is also the beginning of a new year, it’s also a good time to check-in on the climate and clean energy actions of some of the new Midwestern governors who took office last year—and what to look for with respect to next steps by their administrations and state legislatures.

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