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Science and Environmental Communities Call on Biden, Congress to Decarbonize Transportation and Power Generation

, Senior manager of govt. affairs

President Biden recently unveiled his American Jobs Plan— a two trillion-dollar package with significant investments in infrastructure, advanced technologies, and jobs that will reduce our global warming emissions.  Next week, he will host the Leaders’ Climate Summit on Earth Day where he will likely announce how he wants us to re-engage with the rest of the world on climate, including some specifics on our national contribution to reducing emissions as we re-enter the Paris Climate agreement (yay!).

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US Should Pledge to Cut Heat-trapping Emissions At Least 50 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

With the climate crisis growing ever more urgent, and intersecting with other racial injustice, socioeconomic and health crises, we must secure ambitious NDCs from major emitters like the US this year. Quite simply, 2021 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year. Read more >

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As the US Rejoins the Paris Agreement, What’s Next on the Road to COP26?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

On Feb 19th, the United States will officially be back in the Paris Agreement, thirty days after President Biden signed a declaration to rejoin the agreement on his first day in office. The President has clearly signaled to the world that climate change will be a top tier domestic and international priority, putting the climate crisis at the center of US foreign policy and national security. There’s a lot of ground to make up but the hope of Paris is alive and strong. Read more >

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry, with his granddaughter in his arms, signs the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard/CC BY-ND (Flickr)

Five Years on, Keeping the Hope of the Paris Agreement Alive and Strong

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

On December 12, the world will mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement. Back in 2015, there was so much hope that this would be a true turning point for global climate action. Yet, we have fallen well short of sharply bending the global heat-trapping emissions curve, and meanwhile climate change is unfolding around us in terrifying ways. Nevertheless, the Agreement endures and continues to be a precious beacon lighting the way. Now it’s time for nations—including the US, which will shortly rejoin the Agreement under President Biden—to show renewed and strengthened commitment to its goals, for people and the planet.    Read more >

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The Climate Decade: A Global Crisis Unveiled, a Global Movement Unleashed

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

We’ve all just lived through a most consequential ten years.

Some decades, like the 1860s for the Civil War and the 1960s for the Civil Rights Movement, are seismic and stand out in history for generations. The 2010s weren’t like that (though politically it’s been one long mixed-martial arts cage fight) but in this decade, amidst the stampede of everyday life, climate changes, sometimes subtle or invisible, have locked down their profoundly consequential influence on our future–with us, until recently, scarcely noticing. Read more >

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