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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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In New York’s Fast-Growing Solar Market, A Focus on Assessing “Value”

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By Rona Cohen As New York proceeds with its energy-system overhaul, solar power is booming, and regulators and industry sources say that finding a way to accurately value solar’s contribution to the grid will be key to sustaining that growth. … 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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CSG/ERC Seminar at Penn Addresses Carbon Policies, Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Renewables

On May 6, CSG/ERC brought together legislators from around the Northeast and eastern Canada to discuss policies to reduce carbon emissions, expand access to renewable energy and electric vehicles and promote sustainable practices for managing urban water resources. The meeting … Continue reading

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As New York Moves to Reshape its Electricity System, a Focus on Renewables, and Jobs

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By Rona Cohen Two years ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a bold plan to restructure the electricity system to accelerate the development of cleaner forms of power, enhance the grid’s resiliency to severe … Continue reading

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Societal Benefits from State Clean Energy Standards Outweigh Costs, Federal Report Says

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State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) led to $7.4 billion in societal benefits in 2013, largely by reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants that cause significant public health impacts, said researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in a new report. … Continue reading