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Skara Brae, Orkney. Adam Markham

A New Way to Assess Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

The stone-age village of Skara Brae, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, is at high risk from climate change according to the results of a new impact assessment launched this week at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting.

Dr. Alistair Rennie from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Dynamic Coast project explains the processes of accelerated coastal erosion at Skara Brae, Orkney, to CVI workshop participants. Photo: Adam Markham

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Congress Must Lead with National Energy Standards to Save the Climate

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

It’s well past time for a national standard for low-carbon electricity.  In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we must rapidly decarbonize our power sector while rapidly electrifying as much of the transportation, industry, and buildings sectors as possible.  That means adding a lot more carbon-free electricity generation as quickly as possible, and renewables are by far our cheapest option.  A national standard for low-carbon electricity is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy deployment without costs to ratepayers or taxpayers.

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Photo: Rainforest Action Network/Flickr

Chevron Earns Shareholder Distrust on Climate Action

, Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

At the end of last month, I attended the Chevron Annual Meeting. While this year’s meeting received significantly less attention than the ExxonMobil meeting, where attendees had to pass a 100-foot-long banner on the climate crisis, or the BP meeting, where some attendees staged a crime scene in the middle of the CEO’s opening remarks, Chevron did not escape activist pressure. And despite its efforts to keep a low profile about its meeting, Chevron faced shareholder discontent over its dedication to climate inaction. Here’s my take on the end of a proxy season in which oil and gas company decisionmakers showed why two-thirds of people in the US distrust fossil fuel companies. Read more >

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Hey, Oregon Senators: You Can’t Run Away from Climate Change

, director, California & Western States

In literally running away from an important vote, these Senators are fleeing their constitutionally-mandated work—and betraying their state. Read more >

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Photo: Carl Wycoff/Flickr

The House Ways and Means Committee—Will it Throw Climate Under the Bus?

, president

The climate clock is ticking, so back in January UCS flagged three ways the new Congress could make progress on reducing emissions to address climate change, even in this challenging political environment -appropriations, infrastructure, and the tax code.  Key to that progress is the new democratically-controlled House of Representatives.  It’s been 6 months, let’s see where things stand.

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Photo: Carl Wycoff/Flickr
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