• How can we make progress on climate change in the Trump era?

    The incoming administration has pledged to cut funding for global change research and to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, the internationally agreed-upon road map for controlling global climate change.

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  • More Important Than Ever

    Dear Friends, Last night, U.S. voters elected a presidential candidate who publicly disputes the validity of climate science. Many of our friends and partners are distressed by the uncertain path ahead.

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  • Moving past gridlock towards climate solutions

    The spectacular and destructive rhetoric of this year’s presidential campaign has limited substantive discussion of policy, and has obscured such discussion as did occur.

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  • Forest bioenergy: How “clean” is it?

    I was dismayed to see myself described in a recent Washington Post article as “a prominent critic of forest bioenergy”—burning wood to generate electricity or heat. Not that I mind being regarded as prominent, of course, but the issue of forest bioenergy deserves a more nuanced stance

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  • Anthrax from permafrost? What’s next?

    Arctic scientists, including ours at WHRC, have been warning for some time that release of greenhouse gases from thawing permafrost might result in potentially calamitous global consequences. Now, a more immediate permafrost-related threat has suddenly emerged.

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  • Two Apollo programs

    It is often said that we need an “Apollo program” to develop new renewable energy technologies. I don’t agree, for reasons that I’ll outline below. We do need an Apollo program, though—in fact we need two—but not for that purpose.

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  • From the President

    This week we noted a sad milestone – the first time that the global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm). It had previously hit this mark at individual stations, including the famed observatory at Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

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  • Reducing the danger by half

    Earlier this month I visited California with the goal of learning about the state’s carbon market and seeking opportunities for WHRC to help in its implementation. As useful as that was, what most impressed me was how fearlessly California continues to move forward in addressing climate change.

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  • Projections of sea level rise continue to increase

    This subject is a good example of why I often say that the science of climate change looks more and more scary as we learn more. It has also been a personal source of frustration for nearly 10 years.

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