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Landmark India-China Bilateral Agreement: Progress on Economic Development, Security, Sustainability, and Climate Change

Ariel Cooper
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Guest Blog by Shannon Martin Dilley, NRDC Vermont Law School Fellow Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing to discuss a platform for cooperation earlier this month. India-China relations have been complex in the past, but...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Latin American countries pledge to increase clean energy, Brazilians want climate action, climate change threatening Chilean forests and wine

Maria Martinez
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. May 17th - May 29th, 2015 Climate Change A group of international scientist studying the effects of climate change on Patagonia's...continued | comments

BURNING WOOD PELLETS FROM SOUTHEAST FORESTS IS NOT A CLIMATE SOLUTION

Sami Yassa

Dynamic economic modeling of forest markets is inherently uncertain and complex. Analysts make their best educated assessments of how market actors respond to changes in supply, demand, and price and use these assumptions to generate the forecasts in the model....continued | comments

Interior Department: Tens of Billions of Tons of Coal Now Available for Lease in West

Theo Spencer
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Yesterday Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced plans to make tens of billions of tons of coal available for lease on federal land in Montana and Wyoming. To be precise, 81.3 billion tons of coal. To put that in...continued | comments

Flood Insurance in Texas and Oklahoma

Rob Moore
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The floods that have been affecting large parts of Texas and Oklahoma are bringing several questions to the forefront about the National Flood Insurance Program and participation in those states. This information also illustrates some of the challenges the program...continued | comments

Maryland Fracking Moratorium Becomes Law

Kate Sinding
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Yet another state is saying no to a rush forward with fracking on the basis that the potential risks to health and the environment remain inadequately understood to support a conclusion that it can be done safely. At the end...continued | comments

Lawsuit Seeks to Save Water in California

Ed Osann
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Recent polls show that nearly every adult in California has gotten the message - the drought is serious, we have to save water, wherever and whenever possible. Nearly everyone, it seems, except the Department of Water Resources. Among its other...continued | comments

May 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Elly Pepper
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After a long hiatus, I'm resurrecting this monthly blog to once again capture the panoply of congressional threats to one of our nation's most beloved laws--the Endangered Species Act. With a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate...continued | comments (1)

Carbon Allowance Sales Benefit Those Most Affected by Pollution

Alex Jackson
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The California Air Resources Board released the results today of the latest auction of carbon allowances. In line with previous auctions, allowances available for use this year ('current vintage') sold out just above the price floor at $12.29, and allowances...continued | comments

Protecting the Small Streams and Wetlands that Make the Great Lakes Great

Henry Henderson
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The majesty and magnitude of the Great Lakes themselves can distract us from the smaller, but equally critical, rivers, streams, wetlands and other water bodies that feed Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. Nearly two-thirds of the Great...continued | comments

Interior Department Announces Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse

Amanda Jahshan
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(Photo: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the BLM's conservation plan for the greater sage-grouse today in WY) Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the release of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final greater sage-grouse...continued | comments (1)

International Climate Agreement in Paris has Solid Foundation

Han Chen
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The new climate agreement coming out of Paris this December will be difficult to secure, as it must accommodate countries with a huge spectrum of economic circumstances and climate-related issues. It isn't the first time that countries have attempted to...continued | comments

Texas Floods Illustrate the Need to Plan for Climate Change

Rob Moore
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Over the Memorial Day weekend widespread flooding occurred in at least eight counties in Texas, which include the cities of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. These floods have brought a tragic loss of life and are forcing families from...continued | comments

Galvanizing a Climate "Action Agenda" toward Paris and COP21

Brendan Guy
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The new climate agreement expected to be forged in Paris at the end of the year represents an incredible opportunity to accelerate the clean energy revolution already underway across the world. Yet what happens at the Paris conference will be...continued | comments

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players around the World this Year

Jake Schmidt
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Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's...continued | comments

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