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Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Big Step Forward on Climate Leadership

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a broad set of actions called the MI Healthy Climate Plan to help move the state toward a healthier and more prosperous future.
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BP plans to unveil further details of the company’s climate strategy at a virtual investor meeting next Monday September 14th. Steven Pisano/Wikimedia

Is BP Finally Committing to Ambitious Climate Action–or About to Fool Us Twice? Five Things to Look For in Its Climate Strategy

, director of science & policy

BP plans to unveil further details of the company’s climate strategy at a virtual investor meeting next Monday September 14th. The company’s history of false-starts on climate action and misleading clean energy advertising provides plenty of fodder for justified skepticism. So, how shall we assess their climate claims this time around? Read more >

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Hurricane Laura Threatens Gulf Coast Energy Infrastructure

, Senior Energy analyst

Hurricane Laura is projected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane late tonight along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Conditions will be severe, with pockets of rainfall totaling up to 15 inches, storm surge reaching a staggering 15 to 20 feet, and wind speeds topping 140 miles per hour. Evacuation orders have been declared across the region, racing to get people out of immediate harm’s way.

A hurricane, though, is often only the first part of what can become a rapidly widening disaster post-storm. In particular, lasting disruptions to critical infrastructure like electricity can prove another disaster all their own. This is made all the more urgent given that not all residents in the region have the capacity to leave, and all disaster response will be additionally complicated by navigating the challenges simultaneously posed by the ongoing pandemic. Read more >

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Real-Time Lessons on COVID-19 and US Hurricane Response: What We’ve Learned from Hanna and Isaias

, climate scientist

This hurricane season is particularly unique in a couple of ways – not only has it had various earliest named storms, but it is happening amidst a pandemic. The novel coronavirus is everywhere in the U.S. and in the world, and to respond to a disaster under the threat of contagion is nothing short of an extraordinary challenge. Read more >

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Without bold action and preparation, climate change threats may bring similar impacts to those of COVID-19 Self-Help Enterprises

Groundwater Sustainability is a Necessity More Than Ever

, Western States Climate Scientist

The current pandemic is a threat to those closest to us today in a way that presages what we will experience on an accelerating basis due to the climate emergency. The low level of preparation communities have experienced around the pandemic, echos what these same communities face for water management on a daily basis and will face with future climate change threats unless fundamental changes are made locally. Read more >

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