Research and Reports

See the categories below for the latest research and reports in climate change.

Science and Analysis

Climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people

Climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people. The impacts of human-induced climate change are increasing nationwide. The overall findings of this study, conducted by a consortium of federal agencies, [...]

Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 ◦C global warming could be dangerous

In 1988, James Hansen because the first climate scientists to warn Congress about global warming. Now he has issued a new study in which he concludes that climate change is more severe than we think. [...]

Regional climate prediction

February 2015 - by Alastair Brown - via Nature Climate Change Uncertainty about the spatial distribution of future climatic changes is dominated by differences in projections that result from climate model differences. Much of the model variance [...]

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Energy Policy

NRDC Interactive Map and State Profiles

From the National Resources Defense Council website: Every state in America can produce its own energy from clean, renewable sources, keeping millions of energy dollars in-state, reducing pollution, and creating new jobs and new sources [...]

Is the Post Fossil Fuel Era Now Inevitable?

January 2016 -by Michael Northrop - via Huffington Post. Ambassador Laurence Tubiana, France’s point person for COP21, wisely explained a year ago that Paris will be judged a success if it leads to the conclusion that [...]

California Cap-and-Trade November Auction Results

November 2015 - via California Legislative Analyst’s Office On November 24, 2015, the California Air Resources Board released summary results from the cap-and-trade auction conducted on November 17, 2015. Allowance prices were slightly higher than recent auctions, [...]

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Energy Finance

The Risky Business Project

From the Risky Business website: In October 2013, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, and business leader and philanthropist Tom Steyer, founded a new initiative to assess and publicize [...]

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Services – Renewable Energy

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance website: The rapid adoption of wind, solar and other renewable technologies is transforming markets and business models around the world, while creating both opportunities and challenges in the supply chain. Our global [...]

How Can We Pay for the New Energy Economy?

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on December 19, 2015, by William S Becker. This is Part 2 in a two-part post. Part 1 is at this link. Many a great idea has [...]

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National Security

Report on national security implications of climate change

May 2015 -The White House releases a report detailing the national security implications of climate change: The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate Overview:  The effects of climate change are already being felt across many parts of [...]

QDR – the national security challenge of climate change

March 2014 - by Paul Hamill - via American Security Project. Today, the Department of Defense released the much anticipated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon notes, the “QDR is a legislatively-mandated review of [...]

Climate Security Report

November 2012 - via American Security Project. One of the most significant challenges to the global security system in the 21st Century will be a changing climate; the effects of these changes are already being [...]

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International Agreements

COP-21 international climate agreement in Paris

December 2015 - The United States joins 195 other nations at COP-21 in Paris, resulting in a historic international climate action agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. PARIS – The world made history at approximately [...]

Legal Options for US Acceptance of a New Climate Change Agreement

May 2015 - by Daniel Bodansky - via Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.  Executive Summary: The success of ongoing negotiations to establish a new global climate change agreement depends heavily on the agreement’s acceptance [...]

International Law and Agreements: Their Effect on US Law

February 2015 - by Michael John Garcia - via Congressional Research Service. Summary: This report provides an introduction to the roles that international law and agreements play in the United States. International law is derived from [...]

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Tracking Progress

Climate Action Tracker – Nation by nation climate goals

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis produced by four research organisations tracking climate action and global efforts towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming below 2°C, since 2009.  

Progress Report: Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

The White House releases a progress report, Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and announces a series of new climate resilience focused actions, including [...]

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

June 2015 - via The White House Continuing to cut carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

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The Carbon Bubble

Divest From the Carbon Bubble

This article was originally published on Huffington Post, on May 20, 2015, by William S Becker.    If it seems that we have more big problems than we can solve these days, take heart. A [...]

Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world’s coal is “unburnable”, study says

January 2015 - by Roz Pidcock - via Carbon Brief More than 80 per cent of the world’s known coal reserves need to stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change, according to new research. [...]

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

June 2013 - by Willam S Becker - via Huffington post Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how [...]

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Public Opinion Research

a 2016 survey of american meteorological society members about climate change

This report provides initial findings from the national survey of American Meteorological Society (AMS) member views on climate change conducted by George Mason University and AMS, with National Science Foundation funding. Our survey was administered [...]

College-Educated Views on Global Warming

March 2015 - via Gallup An aggregate poll conducted by Gallup shows that educated Democrats are less skeptical of global warming, whereas 74 percent of educated Republicans believe that the seriousness of global warming is [...]

Appealing to our ideas of legacy may help combat climate change.

January 2016 - by Ezra Markowitz and Lisa Zaval - via Washington Post. Here’s the secret to making people care about climate change: Make them think about their legacy. In a series of psychological studies we conducted over the [...]

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