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Climate Change

The Case for Corporate Action on Climate Change

Corporate America does not speak with one voice on climate change. On the one hand, hundreds of companies recognize the gravity of the environmental, social, and economic disruption that the majority of climate scientists are predicting...

Green Finance: Leveraging Investment for Environmental Protection

Governments, intergovernmental organizations, financial institutions, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are examining green financing mechanisms in earnest. Financial institutions are enabling investment in green...

Deep Decarbonization and Hydropower

Hydropower—both conventional and pumped storage hydropower—is crucial to sustaining our transition to a decarbonized grid. Additional hydropower development that meets modern environmental requirements is essential to reduce the United...

Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Into Framework Environmental Laws

This Article examines the various ways countries throughout the world have started to incorporate considerations of climate change adaptation into their framework environmental laws, implementing regulations, and other binding...

Climate Change and the Judge as Water Trustee

Humanity’s quest to achieve orderly mitigation of and adaptation to climate change is dependent upon the just application of the environmental rule of law—the legal framework that protects and sustains the environment on which life...

Deep Decarbonization and Nuclear Energy

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) projects a doubling of U.S. demand for electricity by 2050, even accounting for increased energy efficiency and conservation. In two DDPP scenarios, this demand would be met by...

Slow Threats and Environmental Policy

Some threats to the environment, like acid rain and stratospheric ozone depletion, emerged fairly rapidly, and abrupt threats like an oil or toxic chemical spill demand an immediate response. But most environmental problems have the...

Deep Decarbonization of New Buildings

New buildings constructed today can be expected to remain in use well beyond 2050. As a result, thoughtful decisions now can have a significant impact on reducing the carbon footprint of buildings for decades to come. Buildings use...

Green Infrastructure for Chesapeake Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate

One of the greatest impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be the need for stormwater management. With green infrastructure, the Chesapeake region is in position to take national leadership on the issue of...

The Role of Energy Efficiency in Deep Decarbonization

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Report calls for major increases in building and equipment efficiency to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. While the U.S. Department of Energy...