Category Archives: Climate Change

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Connecticut, New Jersey Increase their Renewables Mandates

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Last week, Connecticut became the latest state to raise its target for the generation of solar, wind and other renewable forms of energy consumed by its residents and businesses. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed Public Act 18-50, which requires that by … Continue reading

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Massachusetts State Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Requiring “Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms” to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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Last night, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a wide-ranging bill, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, which would compel the governor to establish “market-based compliance mechanisms” to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the transportation sector; the commercial, industrial, and … Continue reading

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Cuomo Unveils Environmental Agenda in State of the State Address

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In his State of the State Address this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a range of new proposals aimed at deepening the state’s commitment to renewable energy and pollution-reduction programs. Here is a brief summary: RGGI: Cuomo will … Continue reading

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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