Category Archives: Climate Change

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U.S. to Withdraw from Paris Agreement, but Many CSG/ERC States Committed to Carbon Reductions

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President Trump today announced that the United States will exit the historic Paris Agreement, whose 195 signatories agreed to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. Only two other nations in the world are not party … Continue reading

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Amid a Spate of Nuclear Plant Closings, State Officials Mull Economic, Environmental Impacts

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By Rona Cohen Nuclear power has long been a mainstay of the Northeast’s energy mix, but a wave of planned retirements has fueled a debate about the fate of aging reactors, and their value to the region’s economy as states … Continue reading

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Arctic Report Card 2016: Persistent Warming Triggering Profound Changes

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Persistent, rapid warming in the Arctic is producing unprecedented changes in the region’s ecosystem and wildlife, a phenomenon that has broad ramifications for the global environment and economy, an international team of scientists warn in the Arctic Report Card 2016, … Continue reading

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CSG/ERC Climate Plenary Highlights Global Changes, Local Opportunities

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By Rona Cohen In the summer of 2014, Jean Lemire, a Canadian documentary filmmaker and biologist, set sail in a 51-foot retrofitted fishing trawler and headed for the treacherous Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Lemire was … Continue reading

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Large-Scale Building Retrofits Seen as Key to Meeting New York Climate Targets

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By Rona Cohen As New York State forges policies to achieve its ambitious clean energy and climate goals, its buildings could be in line for a major efficiency upgrade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 40 percent … Continue reading

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Energy Sector Faces Significant Risk from Climate Change, Federal Report Says

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Climate change is already affecting the U.S. energy sector, and the more frequent and extreme storms that are projected for the coming years could pose profound risks to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure, says a new report from the U.S. … Continue reading

Video — Guilford, Connecticut: A Case Study in Building Resilience

Guilford Case Study Screen ShotThis new video case study from The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference documents efforts by officials in Guilford, Connecticut, together with The Nature Conservancy, to develop a Community Coastal Resilience Plan. The video includes interviews with a number of key participants, including: state officials who were part of the Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force, which conducted hearings in communities across the state to assess their level of preparedness to deal with future extreme storms; local officials and homeowners in Guilford; and the director of science at The Nature Conservancy.

Click here to watch the video and access additional documents.