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The science is clear:  addressing climate change must include strategies that both reduce heat-trapping pollution and increase resilience against current and ongoing climate impacts. Extreme weather and other climate impacts are already affecting communities, wildlife, and businesses across the planet. Understanding these effects and investing in climate preparedness are critical to ensuring our economies, public health, and natural resources remain resilient in a warming world. Investing in climate-smart strategies today will stimulate economic growth and save billions of dollars in future climate impact costs, making it economically and ecologically wise public policy.

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Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America's Solar Energy Revolution
Solar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar voltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. Solar power is emerging as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy, and the environment, and America's major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. This report from Environment America provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. Just 20 cities, representing just 0.1 percent of the land area of the United States, contain more solar power today than was installed in the entire U.S. just six years ago.
Formal Comments of Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse on the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and National Interest Determination on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Gov Document
These are formal comments submitted by Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse critiquing several key elements of the State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The comments point out flaws in the statement, and explain how the pipeline will contribute to climate change.
Science or Spin? : Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science
This report by Union of Concerned Scientists gauges how accurately elite media outlets inform audiences on climate science, analyzing climate science coverage from CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. The report finds that the accuracy of coverage varied significantly across networks.
Health Care and Climate Change: An Opportunity for Transformative Leadership
This report by Health Care Without Harm, focuses on opportunities for clean technologies in the health care sector. According to the report, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will require comprehensive changes in the everyday practices of every business, institution and community. For the health care sector, this clean energy imperative is powerfully connected to the deeply rooted mission of the people and organizations that comprise the sector.
What's For Dinner?
What's For Dinner, a Brighter Green production, is a short documentary that provides a unique look into the rapidly growing consumption of meat in China and the increasing industrialization of agriculture. Through interactions with people across Chinese society, the film examines the impacts this big shift in food production and consumption is having on sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare.
Cheaper and Cleaner: Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
This report from the Natural Resources Defense Council discusses how the Clean Air Act should be used to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, and therefore deliver health, economic, and environmental benefits.
Climate Change: Health Impacts and Opportunities
The Global Climate and Health Alliance has developed this briefing report, film and series of info-graphics to explain the health implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group II report. They summarize some of the IPCC’s key findings, discuss their implications for health, and provide recommendations on the way forward.
Taken By Storm: Responding to the Impacts of Climate Change
This report, by Christian Aid, calls for strong and innovative action for climate justice based on moral obligation.
What We Know
From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the "What We Know" site helps the public understand the science behind the realities, risks, and response to Climate Change.
Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
This report, released from two of the world's largest and most reputable scientific organizations, The Royal Society and the United States National Academy of Science, discusses the Evidence and Causes of Climate Change.
Google Earth: How Much Has Global Warming Raised Temperatures Near You?
This resource provided by University of East Anglia is an interactive Google Earth layer with local temperature data. Article hosted by The Guardian.
Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (IPCC Working Group II Website)
This is the website for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II. The 10th Session of Working Group II was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. This website includes the report, contributors, communications and outreach, the IPCC process, and background.
2014-2015 Key International Climate Events Timeline
Fact sheet
This graphic is a timeline of key international climate events happening in 2014 and 2015.
2014 Policy Moments in the International Arena
Fact sheet
This graphic visually displays a timeline of significant international climate policy events happening in 2014.
Americans Favor Energy Conservation Over Production
Polling Data
This is a poll by Gallup that reports that "after dwindling in recent years, American's long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded." Currently 57% of Americans say that the U.S. should emphasize energy conservation to solve the nation's energy problems.
Letter to House Appropriators for Increased Climate Change Investments for Fiscal Year 2015
Sign-On Letter
This is a letter to House Representatives Granger and Lowey, members of the House Committee on Appropriations, urging robust support for international climate assistance in FY15 appropriations.
EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade
Press Clip
News Release from Environment America: "Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave more than half of America’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development."
Integrating Coastal Vulnerability and Community-Based Subsistence Resource Mapping in Northwest Alaska
This is the official report from a Yale University study focusing on the indigenous communities in the Kotzebue Sound region of Northwest Alaska, and the risks to the communities' subsistence resources due to sea-level rise and coastal erosion. The study integrates physical, anthropological, and survey data to assess coastal vulnerability and to identify areas of concern for local and regional planning and environmental protection.
Letter to Senator from National Wildlife Federation to Urge Investment in Clean Energy
Sign-On Letter
This letter, from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), on behalf of their four million members and supporters nationwide, urges Senators to move swiftly to extend critical tax incentives for the creation and expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, such as the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for U.S. onshore and offshore wind generation. Investing in energy efficiency and responsibly-sited renewable energy, the letter states, can create jobs, save consumers money, and protect wildlife.
November 20, 2014--Warsaw, Poland. Several US NGOs briefed the media on developments during the UN climate negotiations.
Stanford University Public Opinion Surveys on Global Warming (2013): Should Government Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants?
Polling Data
This resource visually reveals results of a public opinion survey conducted by Standford University on whether the government should act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by imposing regulations or offering tax breaks. Results are revealed in percentages of Americans who agree that the government should act, with data represented on a state-by-state basis. Numbers range from a high of 90% agreeing in New Hampshire to a low of 62% agreeing in Utah.
Power Companies React to President Obama's Climate Announcement
Position Paper
This resource, by Environmental Defense Fund, is a compilation of statements by power companies in support of President Obama's climate announcement.
A Letter in Opposition of H.R. 3826 by The American Sustainable Business Council
Position Paper
This resource is a letter from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) in opposition of H.R. 3826. "As representatives of 165,000 businesses and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs nationwide, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) opposes legislative attempts to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to set carbon pollution standards for power plants under the Clean Air Act, such as Congressman Whitfield’s (R-KY) bill, H.R. 3826, which is slated for markup in the Energy and Power Subcommittee."
White House Climate Action Plan: Six Month Progress Report
In June 2013, President Obama released his landmark plan to tackle climate change. National Wildlife Federation prepared this six-month report card to assess progress being made implementing select elements of the White House Climate Action Plan. NWF graded progress using a qualitative scale from “poor” to “great” depending on actions taken to date to meet stated directives. In addition, NWF highlighted additional policy areas requiring attention by the Administration in the coming year as they have significant climate implications.
United States Climate Action Report 2014
Gov Document
This report is the official United States Climate Action Report 2014, including the First Biennial Report of the United States and the Sixth National Communication of the United States of America, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Integral to the report is President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan. Published by the U.S. Department of State
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