EPA’s Upcoming Carbon Rules: A Primer

On Monday, June 2, President Obama will announce proposed federal rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants–possibly a landmark in U.S. climate policy. It is uncertain how far the rule will go, and the announcement is being closely watched around the world. To be administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the rule is considered potentially important not only because power plants create some 40% of U.S. emissions; it could also help set the stage for other nations, many of them waiting for the United States to take the first serious steps at reductions, to also finally take action.

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Northeast Already Hit by Climate Change, Says Major U.S. Report

The U.S. government’s latest official report on climate change, released this week, says northeastern states are already seeing dangerous effects of warming climate, including the nation’s largest increase in extreme downpours, sea-level rise above the global average, and crop-unfriendly weather.

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New Study by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Predicts Widespread Drought Risk by 2100

New study from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is one of the first to use the latest climate simulations to model the effects of both changing rainfall and evaporation rates on future droughts.

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