Environment

Resources for the Future Policy Leadership Forum: Climate Change Discussion with the EPA

Simply put: the economy isn’t a reason to fear action, it’s a reason to take it.

Read more

Launch of Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

The launch of the Global Alliance offers the opportunity to share knowledge, make investments, and develop policies that will empower all producers to adapt to climate change and to mitigate greenhouse gases in agriculture while increasing sustainable production.

Read more

Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine-Protected Areas

The fact is that the connection between a healthy ocean and life itself for every single person on Earth simply cannot be overstated.

Read more

President Obama speaks at UN Climate Change Summit

No nation is immune… Worldwide, this summer was the hottest ever recorded — with global carbon emissions still on the rise.

Read more

United States Acts to Protect 20 Coral Species

Acropora globiceps coral, native to Indo-Pacific waters, is now listed for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The United States announced August 27 that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as “threatened,” a less dire classification than “endangered.”

Read more

Burma Getting Big Solar Power Plants with Help from U.S.

Solar panels gather power in Southern California. Burma’s Mandalay region will be home to two 150-megawatt solar energy plants in 2016 under an agreement with a U.S. company.

The project will increase Burma’s capacity to provide stable energy to its people and attract investment that will help the country grow its economy, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

Read more

Ambassador Hamamoto Speaks at WHO Conference on Health and Climate

We continue to support the WHO’s efforts to address climate change, working alongside fellow U.N. organizations such as the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Read more

Protecting Oceans a Focus for U.S. Diplomacy

Secretary of State Kerry speaks to reporters and students aboard the HMB Endeavour in Sydney, Australia.

Secretary Kerry reminded us why we all need to care about the ocean: life itself depends on our relationship with the ocean. The ocean covers almost three quarters of the planet.

Read more

Delaying Action on Climate Change Will Increase Costs, Risks

Jason Furman is the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change.

The report is based on evidence that climate change already is affecting the United States with increased storm severity, harsh drought conditions and rising sea levels encroaching upon coastal areas.

Read more